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