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Thoughts from a former Republican

In Politics on July 26, 2016 by thebetweenthoughts Tagged: , , , , ,

I was raised to be a Republican.

Like most immigrant families…(specifically, Asian immigrants…a relevant distinction), my parents came to America with the hopes of fulfilling the American Dream.  They came for opportunity, for freedom, for safety and stability, for the chance for our family to become what they saw as the ultimate goal in the world – to be rich and white.

Naturally, the Republican party was their preferred choice of political party affiliation.  (The social conservatism also appealed to their Catholic upbringing…even though the party itself has a history of being skeptical of non-Protestant Christians.)  And so, throughout my life I was told that Republicans were superior to those dirty, socialist Democrats.  If you believed in capitalism and earning your own way (without any handouts), then you should be Republican.

As I’ve grown older, my perspective on social issues leaned toward the liberal side, but I still believed in the fiscal conservatism of the Republican party.  I was a moderate Republican…someone in the vein of (don’t laugh) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Colin Powell, or John Huntsman, Jr.

After watching the RNC (and really the whole primary process), I’m not sure if a moderate Republican exists anymore.  The Republican party is one that has cast off science (yes…climate change is real), cast off reason (just watch the logical contortions any Republican politician goes through when they talk about gun control or immigration), and cast off any sense of sanity (Donald freakin’ Trump).  What happened to this party?  How did it transform from the party of Reagan to the party of Trump (and Cruz…he’s as much at fault as anyone).  Based on the RNC, it’s now the party of anger, fear, and hate.  It no longer provides solutions…just obstructions.

And it’s so sad to see this transformation because I can’t fully support the Democratic platform.  I agree on many of the social issues (LGTBQ rights, pro-choice, etc.) but I still can’t fully buy into all of the measures they’re proposing on government programs.  It’s a highly progressive platform…that’s hard for me to accept because all that I’m wondering is how they’re going to pay for all of this.

Yet the Democrats haven’t rejected science, reason, or sanity.  In this current political environment, they’re the only party that’s actually presenting a clear vision for the future of the country.  I don’t necessarily agree with it…but it’s better than the vitriol of the Republicans.

Is that what our choices have come down to?  “Something” v. “an angry orange goblin”

If there’s anything that this primary season has proven, it’s that our current two-party system is broken.  We live in a fractured America that have very distinct needs and wants.  Shouldn’t we have a political system that services those individual needs, but also strives to build coalitions when those needs align?  We have forgotten that politics and governing is about compromise and we are creating an unnecessary binary choice.

Is it time for a real third party?  One that’s practical and pragmatic…and above the name calling and extremism present in our current parties. Is it time to vote Libertarian?

Haha…of course not.  I wouldn’t waste my vote on them.

I’m voting Democratic this year because the Republican party has left me behind.  More than that, they’ve left reality behind.

At least I’m still holding onto my core ideals of voting for rich and white.

;P

 

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