This is going to be a political post. If that offends you, please click here. For the past 6+ years I have been a member of the Republican Party, but the past few years have really driven me to question if it even made sense anymore. As many Americans know, our political system is broken and my Party is a big part of the problem.
In-fighting is unhealthy on all levels of life and the 24-hour news cycle has turned our political parties into a modern day version of the Hatfields & McCoys, the North and South where they would rather fight to stay apart than do something that We the People want to happen.
Now that is what was the final straw, Nate Bell was. While an Arkansas State Representative has nothing to do with me, his cluelessness embodies the Grand Old Party. This Tweet on Friday (he’s since deleted and must think that makes it OK) was the final straw:
Distasteful is all that can be said about the Tweet.
I live in Massachusetts, and I am all for the Second Amendment, but no weapons would help a citizen regardless of political affiliation, conservative or liberal against a terrorist hell bent on escape. So with that Tweet I say THANK YOU to Nate Bell for helping me decide to turn in my membership card to the Republican Party. I know that this post will fall on deaf ears because I am not a Southern rich white man which is all the party seems to care about these days, but if for some reason anyone reads it, here are some suggestions that a former member would like to see from a party who has clearly lost touch.
Gay Marriage – In all honesty you should not care about who marries who. At the end of the day many of the states that don’t want a man to marry a man or a woman to wed a woman will allow marriage between relatives. Now who is the sick one? We also have a fine line of separation of church and state, which means leave your Bible on the nightstand and away from work.
Gun Control – America has a gun problem. No ONE, I repeat NO ONE short of a member of our military in combat needs a fully automatic assault rifle. Background checks help keep guns out of the hands of evil people.
Scott Brown – despite his failed bid for re-election the party needs more elected officials like Scott Brown who are willing to work across party lines.
Taxes – We need to fix the tax codes. The separation of wealth in our country is a horrible thing, paying more for any period of time can help better our country, Instead of claiming how much you and your donors love and respect this country’s constitution – do something for this country, not just your donors.
Sandbox – how often do all of you scold your children for not playing nice? Probably a lot of you. Now look in the mirror or read your press clippings. Before high-fiving your nearest old white dude, realize that filibustering and stonewalling the other party are doing what you holler at your kids for.
Again apologies from straying away from the normal fare on this blog, but this had to be said. One idiotic Tweet from an elected official was it for me. Goodbye Grand Old Party and hello unenrolled voting… my ideals have not changed and I haven’t joined the Democratic Party either, but you as a party have let me down, so my checkbook and allegiance are gone.