So Just What Was a Republican?

Robert Pacilio
5 min readMay 11, 2021
Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash

It used to be ‘The Party of Lincoln.’ Not anymore. There is an old saying that when you’re young you’re a Democrat, and as you age, you become a Republican. There is a simple reason for this — you’ve made it and nobody is going to take your piece of the pie. A superintendent of schools explained it to me during tense teacher salary negotiations: There is a pie and I want it all — you can have your small slice and better be satisfied…

Robert Pacilio

Former public school teacher for 32 years and San Diego County “Teacher of the Year.” Author of five novels available on amazon and at