A self-professed partisan Democrat diagnosis quite well the choice that the Republican Party faces on a local, state, and national level:
Republicans have a serious problem on their hands, and it’s one of their own creation. While mouthing the long time conservative claim of being for limited government, respecting the Constitution, and hewing to fiscal conservatism, the modern Republican party – when in control of all the levers of government – seems to have been on a special mission to expand government into our personal lives, completely disregard the Constitution, and run up public debt with an extraordinary spending spree. While it took some time for many Americans to see this, the plainness of it is approaching a point where even the most blinkered and partisan among the party faithful are coming to acknowledge that something is seriously wrong. However, that acknowledgment is almost always still done in private, and has thus far had little impact in changing the direction of the Republican party.
And it’s not only that. Time after time, those of us who do believe in limited government, individual liberty, and fiscal responsibility are told that we have to accept the crappy nominees that we’re faced with “for the good of the party.”
Well, you know what ? I’m sick of it.
I’m sick of accepting the idea that politicians who have demonstrated time after time that they aren’t going to fulfill the promises they make should be re-elected to office. I’m sick of having Presidential candidates like Bob Dole, George W. Bush, and John McCain shoved down my throat. And, I’m sick of being told to vote for the lesser of two evils.
That’s why, when November comes along, I’m voting for Bob Barr for President, or I won’t be voting for President at all. When it comes to lesser offices, I’ll vote for candidates who actually believe in limited government and free markets regardless of which party they belong to.
The Republican Party can have my vote back when, and if, they earn it.