I've been a Republican for nearly fifty years, since I was first able to vote. But most of the GOP of today is alien to the principles of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower, and it has taken on a tone that is even alien to the principles of my Christian faith. Wonderful public servants like Dick Lugar and Olympia Snowe have been driven from our party, and the formerly broad tent of our party is becoming exclusivist and even a Taliban-like enforcer of ideological extremism.
Forty-seven percent of the American people are neither leaches, nor less important than those citizens still able to contribute via income taxes; besides, most of that forty-seven percent pay other taxes to various governmental entities. We are all in this together, and President Obama has been impeded by ideologues of my own party, making him unable to do the things needed to get this economy on solid ground. Moreover, he has demonstrated the rare gifts of a thoughtful Commander-in-Chief, and as a military retiree I appreciate all he has done for the men and women of our Armed Forces, and, importantly, for their families as well.
He has earned the support of centrists as well as truly conservative Republicans who know that launching unfunded wars, and granting massive tax cuts, is totally irresponsible.
President Obama has my support.