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The New Year’s resolution that should be on every (real) conservative’s list

Well, I finally did it. I've flirted with this decision for six years and have threatened to do it and haven't. But today, I finally decided. The last time I did this was almost exactly twenty years ago. This time, however, it's a permanent change.

I am no longer a registered Republican.

I sent in the form today; as soon as it's approved, I'll be a registered independent, with no party affiliation.*

Over the last six years I've tried very hard to come to terms with my love-hate relationship with the GOP. Unfortunately, my RRDS (Recurring Republican Disillusionment Syndrome) is now chronic and permanent. On the one hand, my political roots are Republican. I registered Republican upon becoming a US citizen in 1983, in great part thanks to the great Ronaldus Magnus, the greatest president of my lifetime. On the other, however, I have had just about enough: starting long before with Richard Nixon (the first Repub to thoroughly disillusion me), and then through the debacles of 1992 and 1993, the self-inflicted and completely unnecessary disaster of the 2006 mid-terms, and yesterday's utter capitulation to the Democrats. There may still be some real conservatives left in the GOP, but the majority of the party is populated by professional politicians, spineless boot-licking ass-kissers, Rockefeller Republicans, and belt-way RINOs who only want to maintain the status quo, their constituents be damned. I do not want to be associated with a political party that talks the talk of conservatism while walking the walk of liberalism.

Folks, let me tell you you what many of you are thinking but do not want to admit to yourselves: the party of Ronald Reagan no longer exists. It is dead.

 

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* Here is the link for those of you in Miami-Dade County who want to do the same thing.

14 comments to The New Year’s resolution that should be on every (real) conservative’s list

  • Gigi

    It couldn't have been said it any better. Funny thing, though, last weekend I was mulling things and had the exact same thoughts -- weary of reading all the news about the GOP leadership's cave to such a scumbag of a president who, under other circumstances, should have been made picadillo politically. Coming to terms with reality was the hardest part, but rather than continue with my frustration, made the same decision you have and will be going independent. Can't tell where that road will lead, but what I do know is that the current one is leading nowhere and it's pointless to spend anymore time traveling on it.

  • I did the very same thing as soon as I got home this evening. I cannot remain a member of the party under the current leadership, not after the latest turncoat vote.

  • Honey

    Well,

    I used to be a registered democrat because it gave me the opportunity to vote in the dem primary and choose the best of the options to be the opponent. Then the dem candidates were all awful so I switched to my party to be able to choose the most conservative for my side. I think I will stay there because to allow the left to take over the rep party is no improvement over the situation.

    I hate crossover primaries and if you are not a registered Rep. you can't move our party to the right.

    This is a terrible deal, but we don't have the marbles. The msm which turned Romney into such an out of touch villain they got some on our side to agree, gets to decide what is voted on. That is why this terrible deal got passed. The alternative would be so much worse.

    Our job is to support the Tea Party, not participate in any talk of its being obsolete. We must support conservatives. (If Cantor, for example, is the one to replace Boehner, we might as well keep Boehner. It isn't entirely the Speaker's fault.) We must take over the Senate and add more conservatives to the House. Until we do that, no speaker can make any difference.

    George, tempting though it is, I disagree with your choice.

  • asombra

    The key issue remains the same: what the electorate will and will not stand for. The politicians are more symptoms than the actual disease. Alas, the electorate is quite sick, or certainly appears to be.

  • I'm with you George. You have to stand on principle, the lack of which is why the party is where it is today.

  • FreedomForCuba

    "the party of Ronald Reagan no longer exists"

    Indeed...

  • raddoc

    Why not go Libertarian? It sends a pretty strong message. I did that years ago, but overwhelmingly vote Republican (usually pinching my nose as they are dem-lite more often than not)

  • Raddoc, been there done that. Eight years from 1993 to 2001. 9/11 cured me after their response...

  • FreedomForCuba

    raddoc,

    Libertarians are out of touch with reality because they're way too entrenched in American isolationism which is an impossible concept.

    In a way they're just as dangerous as the liberals...

  • raddoc

    True-that's where Ron Paul lost me. I liked his internal policies but not his external policies. I've been in a fugue state since the elections; I thought at least we had the House, and that there were enough Tea Partiers to provide some spine. I think we should have gone over the "cliff". Funny how for years the media portrayed the evil Bush tax cuts as only fir the rich, but now they are important for the middle class.

  • Honey

    raddoc, that is brilliant about how the left called them tax cuts for the rich and now they must be kept because they are for the middle class. You ought to send that to every place you can. I think that is terrific.

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