Originally Posted by registerthis
Well, then, doesn't it stand to reason that perhaps your view of what the Republican Party should be doesn't match what the Republican Party actually is? You may think that the Republican Party should stand for all of those things you mentioned above, but if it doesn't, then perhaps your definition or expectations are out of date.
I'd argue that what you're seeing is exactly what the Republican Party is nowadays. "Hijacked" by the Religious Right and Corporate America or not, the Republicans are in power in this country and this is exactly what you get with it. What you're arguing the Republican Party should be sounds nice, but it doesn't fit with reality.
And you could say the very same things about the Democratic Party. They are not the same party they were 30-40 years ago as far as ideology. I know - I'm a former Democrat.
They've been hijacked too - by the extremist left. The Dems today love to also live on there "heritage" of standing up for the working man, the poor and weak in our society. I think the current Democratic Party, while their intentions may have been noble, have abandoned that- especially the working middle class.
The majority of my family is still Democratic. My in-laws are staunch Democrats. But if they sat down across the table from some on here who say they are Democrat, liberal or progressive, and they discussed ideologies and current issues of today and what defines a Democrat and liberal - you'd get some staunch disagreement on many issues such as gay marriage, abortion, the environment, and a few others. I guess to some of you that would make them bad or poor Democrats then; but they have been lifelong Dems, and vote that way for other obvious reasons that have become ingrained. And it's the same with those who vote Republican.
But they still vote Democratic, not because they agree with everything that goes on within their party (they have plenty of differences); but because they still have their greater differences with Republican ideology. They also believe in voting for the "lesser of two evils" also. They just happen to believe that is Democratic, while I believe it is Republican. But I still deeply respect them.