Nineteen long years ago, when I officially registered as a United States voter, I proudly chose to check the box next to the word "Republican". I was raised a Christian conservative, and after taking advanced placement history and government classes in High School, and learning ALL ABOUT the 2-party political system, I felt that the Republican party was the party for me. Ronald Reagan was the President of the U.S., we were fighting the Cold War, and I was thrilled to be part of the political party that had control of the White House - and great respect and influence in the world ("Mr. Gorbechev, tear down this wall" - still gives me chills).
Oh, how things have changed.
The Republican party doesn't represent me anymore. Elected representatives on both state and federal level have voted to pass initiatives that I can never support, based on my conservative beliefs. Many seemingly staunch Republicans are calling for the party to be more moderate in order to appeal to a broader voting base. This is such a mistake. The United States already has a political party for liberals and even moderates: the Democrat party. Conservatives are increasingly finding themselves without a party to represent them, and like me, are searching for a direction in which to move. Uber-conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh has a good grasp on this fact, yet he has been attacked time and again for it (and Rush, I support you. Keep speaking up for conservatives!).
I had an interesting email discussion with my nephew, Jake Lybbert (a young up-and-coming conservative political blogger and eternal student), who was attending CPAC. I was mentioning to him my frustration with the Republican party, and this is what he wrote back to me:
"I understand your frustration. What you wrote in this email is frequently repeated by the conservatives at this conference. Notice that this is CPAC and not R(Republican)PAC. Pretty much everyone blames the Republicans in the House and Senate for their excesses--for their imitation of Democrats on spending and tax issues. Believe me when I say that there is a lot of talk about getting back to first principles--limited government, lower taxes, & the such.
Now, we just need to do what we can to get these types of representatives elected.
Don't donate to the RNC, donate to individual candidates who are committed to the issues important to us--the ones mentioned above and life & family issues. They exist and they need our help. We need to identify them and rally people to their cause via the internet. This, as you know, is the power of the internet."
Thanks, Jake, for giving me a direction! I will be searching for political candidates who represent core Conservative beliefs: Less spending, less government control, traditional family values, and fewer taxes. It is obvious to me that the average politician is probably corrupt. My search is on for men and women of integrity and total love of country above everything else. I just hope they are out there.
And if I have to leave the Republican party to find them, so be it.
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