I was a Republican at an early age. I remember being the student speaker for Barry Goldwater in high school during our mock election period. And I was proud when I first voted Republican. I never even questioned it back in those days.
I was particularly proud to vote for Ronald Reagan, a man I truly admired. I can honestly say I always felt like the country was in safe hands when he was in office. Regrettably, I have never really felt that way since. Oh, the Bushes were okay, but I always felt both George H.W. and George W. were really quite moderate and I was shellshocked by the change in W's demeanor in his second term, particularly the big push for amnesty, the same issue that is ripping the Party wide open today. And moderate to me has always meant that you just sit on the fence, waiting to see which way the wind is blowing before jumping off in that direction. The Republican Party today seems to be adrift, bereft of values and looking for any way to win votes regardless of what that course does to the country.
I really became concerned in 2008 when John McCain was nominated for President. I never trusted McCain. I always felt he saved most of his animosity for those in his own party, particularly true conservatives and I had to hold my nose to vote for him. And later when I found that he frequently met with George Soros my concerns became clear.
Then there was Mitt Romney, certainly a good man and I think one of the most decent human beings in politics recently, but it became clear that he was uncomfortable posing as a conservative, he was clearly more a man of business than a man of the people. When when he meekly allowed Candy Crowley to get away with directly aiding Obama during the debates I knew that he was going to lose and that he really wasn't a fighter.
And look how much worse the party has become since. Rather than chart a visionary course and develop excitement in tackling Obama's crippling programs, Republicans instead bite the very hand of those who have been most loyal to them, their base. John Boehner would never have become Speaker had it not been for the sweeping performance by Tea Party candidates in the 2010 off year elections, yet Boehner and the establishment have trashed them at every turn. The establishment Republicans represent nothing but compromise at all costs and how can anyone in good conscience compromise over issues that you just know are wrong?
So, folks, I think the Republican Party is dead and this group which is masquerading as the Party, men like John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan have sold out principle for Chamber of Commerce big business support dollars and I find that revolting. And couple those guys with the John McCains and Lindsay Grahams of the world and it just isn't my party any more.
I don't think I'm alone and I truly feel that if they push this amnesty bill through and reward Barack Obama, a man who has ridiculed them and made fun of them for five years, they will show truly that they are unworthy of any trust. So I am now just a plain old Christian Conservative and I'll vote for whoever supports my views as much as possible. There may even be times when I choose to sit home if I can't distinguish a valid difference between the parties. That would be tragic and a first for me, but I refuse to just pull the lever for a group of entrenched politicians who no longer support my conservative values.
So if the Republicans do have a death wish, I guess we'll just have to give them that wish or, as a better option, fight to take over the "guts" of the Party, which would be a better option. But I refuse to support the organization as it is currently construed for I honestly believe that it is nothing more than a slightly less hostile version of the Democrats and that is truly sad for the America I love. America is about freedom, not control, graft and corruption.
Farewell, Establishment Republicans, and don't be surprised if you find my sentiments are shared by many. It's time for putting country first and time for fresh blood. And may God help us in America because we need His guiding hand more than ever to bring America back to her guiding principles and to God.