Originally Posted by trumptman
Given the fact that that number of people will label themselves conservative (40%) is larger than the number that will label themselves Republican (25-34% depending upon the poll) you clearly are not alone.
However I just don't see how conservatives leaving the conservative party will make that party more........conservative. I'm of the view that one of the reasons for the Conservative vs. RINO debate is because the RINO's are in the party machinery on a day to day basis while conservatives show up at the ballot box and then hold their nose and vote. If the conservatives showed up on more than just election day and forced these decisions earlier, we would have better results as a party.
I say this as someone who has been to Republican state and national conventions. There is a lot of sausage making that occurs before things bubble up to the national consciousness. Engaging is the best way to make a change in my view. You are welcome to your own view though.
This past election was kind of an "awakening" for me, politically speaking. Up until McCain got the Republican nomination, I was totally gung-ho about the process. Got as involved as I could, watched all the debates, did my due diligence and kept an open mind (not nearly as open as it is now). Finally, I settled on Mitt Romney. What McCain did to Romney in the primaries with the help of Huckabee was the straw that broke the camel's back for me.
I took a step back and seriously looked at what was going on in the party as a whole - what had been going on in the party ever since my first presidential election in 2000. I felt just as I described earlier - that I could not support either candidate from either major party 100%. I had been voting for the lesser of the two evils and got exactly what I voted for. Why did I expect anything different?
In retrospect, knowing what I know now, I would have supported Ron Paul in the Republican primaries. I didn't like his sometimes whiny tone in the debates (when he was allowed time to actually speak), but he was the most conservative, the most constitutionalist of any of the candidates up there. When Ron Paul endorsed Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party for president, I did some homework and felt that Baldwin was a candidate I could support 100%. So I did. And I voted for him.
It felt liberating. For the first time, I didn't have to hold my nose as I cast my vote. It was an eye-opening experience for me.
Shortly after the election, I un-registered from the Republican Party, partly in protest, and partly because I truly feel they do not embody my own desire for a return to Constitutional government.
For a time, I was seriously considering registering with the Constitution Party, but I eventually decided not to. I am a Christian, and while I fully embrace the fact that this country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, I felt that the frequent mentions of Christianity and the Bible in the Constitution Party platform were not in harmony with the precedent set by our founding fathers, who in official political matters frequently referred to, acknowledged, and invoked God, but not Christianity or any other religion in particular.
So for now, I remain unaffiliated with any party, and just consider myself a conservative libertarian constitutionalist.
I will continue to vote, but my vote will not be bound by any loyalty to any party even if I eventually decide to register with one.
From now on, I intend to heed the council of John Quincy Adams:"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost."
If that leads me to vote Republican, or Democrat, or Constitution, or whatever, then so be it.