Today, I sent the following to my local newspaper letter-to-the-editor, and the local RTC:
I returned from Viet Nam in 1967, as Johnson, and the democratic congress, were putting together the “great society” programs we are dismantling today. Having developed a strong belief in individual initiative and small government, I joined the Republican party, and I have never regretted that decision – until now!
The Republican’s have had my loyalty and support for many years, and that is coming to an end, as today I left the party, or rather, like Ronald Reagan, I feel the party has left me. No longer the party of Abe Lincoln, they are now the party of Jerry Falwell, no longer the party of small government and low taxes, they are presiding over a huge government expansion on the backs of the middle class.
We have a president who sincerely thinks he is on a mission from his God, and a Senate Majority Leader (Bill Frist) who is about to go on the record saying that the Democrats are blocking confirmation of judicial appointees because they are “against people of faith.” I think the democrats are all that’s keeping a theocracy from being adjudicated from the federal bench, and I can no longer support or tolerate the establishment of a form of government the founders never intended.
The last straw was Bill Frist trying to tie the dem filibuster on judges to an attack on faith. It suddenly hit me that I didnt care if the charge was true or not! The GOP has been on the wrong side (IMHO) of almost every issue I care about in the last three years or so.
This was a big deal for me. It has been coming for a long time, but I kept hoping that some sense and reason would prevail in the GOP, but I think they are now too far over the edge. I hope to find a home within the Libertarian party, as they are now the closest to me philosophically. The local Dems, as one might deduce from my location, are nothing but Republicans without quite as much religion.
BTW, I apoligize to anyone who might have been offended by my post to TC in another thread. I admit that I lost it, when I called him a SOB, but everything is a teacher, and what he said to raise my anger is part of what brought me to my decision last night to leave the GOP.