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As a registered Republican for over 30 years now, I thought I’d share my thoughts.
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.
As a registered Republican I fear I must confess that I no longer recognize the party that I grew up with in Oregon. I voted for Mark Hatfield, Tom McCall and other Republicans who found enough common ground with Democrats to govern. Now I watch in dismay as those in my party boast that their primary objective is to defeat the President. Not to govern. Not to bring together a sense of responsibility and willingness to compromise to solve problems we face. Such as the budget. Such as bridges, roads and our electric grid that need maintenance and upgrading, which actually costs money.
Earlier this week, Republicans for Obama was featured in a Washington Times article that discussed how extremists in the GOP are pushing many Republicans toward Obama.
Here is an excerpt:
We all know that the Heritage Foundation, Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch and a whole slew of other Republicans and conservatives over the past 20 years have backed healthcare reform with an individual mandate as its centerpiece. By now, almost every American voter also knows that Mitt Romney signed Obamacare-light into law as governor of Massachusetts.
While the political world continues to define "mandates" and "taxes," a surprisingly large number of Republicans have had enough of it all. A new survey put out by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that 26% of us (roughly 12 million Republican party members) say they would like to see Obamacare's detractors stop trying to block its implementation and move on to address other issues.
Obama and Romney have been deadlocked for months in the national polls, but the President's chances of re-election have increased of late because of the significant beating Mitt is being given in a number of swing states.
In an article in today's Washington Post, Mitt Romney's Bain capital is described as one of the first companies involved with supporting the outsourcing of American jobs overseas.
It turns out that a few Republican Governors have a small dilemma on their hands. They want to brag about their improving economies, but they're facing pressure to keep things quiet.
For the second time in a week, a prominent Republican has come out publicly to renounce the Grover Norquist pledge.