What it means to me to be a Republican
Many people who know me are stunned when I tell them I am a Republican, and I would imagine at times I do sound more like a Democrat. Ever since my Reagan days, I have always thought of myself as a compassionate conservative. Many Republicans today, who find themselves outside the party, will tell people that we did not leave the party, the Republican Party left us. We are supposed to be fiscal conservatives, and yet the Republican Party has become the party of big government and big tax breaks. They like the benefits that government provides them and their constituents, but they don’t like paying for it. We like to call ourselves the moral majority and yet the leader of our party is the poster child of the seven deadly sins. Many Republicans like to believe that we are the party of Christian values, and yet it’s leadership has no problem taking away help from children, poor, sick and the elderly.
Ronald Reagan was a great leader, and he was the perfect leader for that time in history. Through the strength of the Republican Party, we had triumphed over communism. He was able to get the hostages free, and America back some self-respect. Because he was human. Ronald Reagan wasn’t without flaws; he famously said: “the most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.” I remember that sounded really good at the time, but in the end, it is cancer that would lead in large part to our population hating their government. They believe that the best government is no government. That is simply not true, and a great deal of America’s success is because our government and it is a reflection of its people. Pres. Eisenhower, who considered himself a progressive conservative, didn’t have a problem taxing the rich to build the interstate system. Republicans have a lot to be proud of when it comes to making our country a more perfect union. Our parties history has always been one of broadening our understanding of what it means when we say that all men are created equal. It used to be a party that tore down walls, and now we are building them. We used to be a party who made great strides in civil rights, we were the party that led the way in conservation and now were the party that turns our backs on all the progress we’ve made. We were the party that defeated slavery, we made peace with China, and we are the party that helped destroy nationalism and fascism, now we’re the party who flies the flags of our enemies.