EricT.
Since May 19, 2000

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Former Republican, presently Conservative Independent, and currently without a party that will stand up for the values that have made America a great country. I was made party-less by a combination of history, Republican fecklessness/stupidity/duplicity, and current events. The Republican Party platform is actually really good, but entirely meaningless false advertisement. Not a single Republican politician will stand by it when things get difficult. Most of them won't even follow it when things are easy.

In 1988, I voted for G.H.W.Bush. He gave us “read my lips, no new taxes.”

In 1992, I voted for Bush 41 again. Fat lot of good that did me. His typical Gutless Old Pretender policies paved the way for William The Impeached to get elected.

In 1996, I voted for Dole. I’m still not sure if he is or isn’t a re-animated voodoo zombie.

In 2000, I voted for Bush after Keyes lost the primary. He gave us Medicare Part D and Campaign Finance Reform.

In 2004, I voted for Bush because he wasn’t John eFFin’ Kerry. He gave us “too big to fail” and “sacrifice free market principles to save the free market.”

In 2008, I held my nose and voted for McCain. The next morning, I quit the Republican Party and became an Independent so I could look at myself in the mirror again.

In 2012, I “did the adult thing” and voted for Romney. That's not going to happen ever again.

I’m done with the GOP. They have squandered every opportunity given them over the last 24 years. I won’t waste another vote on their sorry arses. And I'll call them out on their Bravo Sierra every time I see them playing their damnable games.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

"Whenever I hear the phrase 'for the greater good', I reach for a loaded gun."
-Me

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn