To those long-time Republicans who fondly remember the Party of Lincoln, the party that held the Union together against the forces of slavery, the party that supported the live and let live principles of Goldwater, the party that stood with Reagan against the Soviet Union: I have some very bad news for you.
That Republican Party no longer exists.
It was hijacked by neo-cons who started a pre-emptive war and resorted to torture in defiance of the Geneva Conventions. These new conservatives bought votes with their unfunded Medicare drug plan. They abandoned fiscal responsiblity by running up huge deficits and massive debt. And they drove our economy off a cliff.
But they arent the only hijackers of your once proud party. Your party has also been taken over by a group of intolerant zealots who intend to force their own unforgiving brand of Christianity on everyone; people who want to create a nanny state that dictates behavior, particularly that of women, gays and the poor.
Then, in 2010, your party embraced the Tea Party and yet another extreme agenda. These people hate I mean HATE – our government and anyone who supports it. They hate public education, entitlements and government regulation even to preserve the environment. They refuse to compromise. If anyone even mentions the word, theyre labeled RINOs (Republican in name only) and pushed aside. They hate immigrants and people of color any color but white. And, if they dont get their way, they threaten to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
Despite your best intentions, you wont be able to fix the Republican Party from within. There are simply too many of them and too few of you. There is no Ronald Reagan waiting in the wings to save your party. Instead, you have leaders such as Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Paul Ryan – the rising star who follows the self-centered principles of Ayn Rand, instead of those of Lincoln, Goldwater and Reagan.
Sooner or later, youll realize that the only real options left for moderate Republicans are to become Independents with no hope of choosing candidates, to form a new party, or to join the Democratic Party which has become the party of fiscal responsibility.
As someone raised Republican turned Independent turned Democrat, I can assure you that you will be very welcome in our party.