I left the Republican Party when George H. W. Bush agreed with the Democrats in Congress to raise income taxes on those who put them in office. It was at that point that I realized that Mr. Bush did not embrace the constitutional belief of Thomas Jefferson and the founders who knew the danger of an unlimited government.
So now that I cannot go a single day without hearing about the presidential race (and how the Democrat candidate, whomever that may be will save the country by making the government even larger and more oppressive through increased taxation, regulation and the takeover of our health care), I wonder when we will see a Republican candidate who represents Republican ideals.
If I were to recite a "platform" for a Republian Candidate that I could support, in the way political parties do, you'd find the following items:
1) reinsitute hard money...to protect savings...and rebuild America's capital
2) tax consumption, not production... and repeal the income tax
3) reduce regulation... and do away with a number of the "departments" of the Federal government
4) cut government spending -- including military spending -- and pass a balance budget amendment to the Constitution
A simple program. Makes sense. But waaaay out of the mainstream.
Look at the list again. None of these items promises anything to voters, so I guess that the Republicans believe that they wouldn't have a chance at getting elected.
But that's why I'm doing what I'm doing... because the political parties aren't.