Why the Republican Party Has Lost Its Mind: The Preview

By YeOldeScribe ~ July 8th, 2011 @ 1:55 am

It would probably shock most of you to know that our writer grew up a staunch Republican. His household all voted Republican – especially his mother, who associated Democrats with baby-killing (abortion) and that’s about it. Growing up, he supported the Republican party and even did some campaign work for them. In the first election that he could legally vote in, he voted for George W. Bush over John Kerry. He actually still contends that this was the right choice – as horrible of a president as Dubyah was, he was still a better leader then Kerry would have been, and even if he was often wrong, he at least picked a stance and stood by it. As time has passed, he and his entire family has become much more moderate. His father actually voted for Obama in ’08, and in 2010 his mother voted for her first Democrats when she supported Russ Feingold and Tom Barrett (and he’s very proud of his mother for doing that, too).

It’s important to keep all of that in mind as you read our next mini-series here on how the Republicans have lost their minds. Although our writer describes himself as centrist, if he had to pick a side he would say that he leans conservative. So when he spends the next few days ripping apart the Republicans, it’s not because he hates them and thinks they have nothing of value to add to politics. In fact, it’s just the opposite – he feels that a true Republican is a great ideal to aspire to and that the party has strayed so far from their moniker that they shouldn’t even call themselves Republicans anymore.

We’re going to be spending a significant amount of time on this because we really feel like the true story of the Republican party needs to be told. We feel like Republicans play a signifigant role in our political system, and that they shouldn’t act the way current Republicans do. We’ll take a look at some historical Republicans and how they were different than the party is today. We’ll also propose some reasons why the party shifted its focus, and propose solutions to get the party back on track.

As the title of the post indicates, tonight is just the introduction – we’re whetting your appetite a bit and letting you know what’s coming up. We hope that you enjoy this mini-series, and if you have anything you’d like us to discuss in regards to the Republican Party, please let us know via Facebook, Twitter or email.

Thanks, and we hope you enjoy the series, which begins tomorrow!

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