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Roland99

(53,342 posts)
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 03:38 PM Jan 2020

I Guess I'm A Democrat Now: I'm leaving the Republican Party -- here's why you should too

From a hometown article....

https://www.leoweekly.com/2020/01/guess-im-democrat-now-im-leaving-republican-party-heres/

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But, I’m not politically apathetic. I was a door knocker for a Republican congresswoman. I interned for the GOP get out the vote effort in 2004. I had a leadership position in College Republicans. More recently, as a lawyer and political consultant, I helped elect numerous Republicans in four states while flipping the State House in one and the State Senate in another.

On paper, I’m that “five for five” primary voter that steadfast party loyalist politics is built on — and I’m leaving the Republican Party.

That discrepancy, between paper and reality, is just one of those contradictions that defines modern American life.

I’m a well-educated, straight, white man from one of the whitest and politically reddest states in the country. I regularly (OK, semi-regularly) attend church. My wife is one of our deacons. I’m a small business owner who, without exaggeration, would likely have to close our business upon the passage of progressive policies.

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Btw. Not me.

I had my awakening in late 2003
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I Guess I'm A Democrat Now: I'm leaving the Republican Party -- here's why you should too (Original Post) Roland99 Jan 2020 OP
We're glad for you awakening. Vogon_Glory Jan 2020 #1
"I'm uncomfortable, but I'm OK," he writes. CrispyQ Jan 2020 #2
If we don't WIN against the pukes none of your post even matters. nt UniteFightBack Jan 2020 #10
Disaffected repubs should vote democratic and not join our party. CrispyQ Jan 2020 #15
Let's just get through tomorrow OK??? UniteFightBack Jan 2020 #16
The GOP has been playing the long game since the early 80s CrispyQ Jan 2020 #17
You would likely appeal to fellow republicans elsewhere Under The Radar Jan 2020 #3
Not me. It's a hometown article I thought was of interest here Roland99 Jan 2020 #4
That explains it Under The Radar Jan 2020 #5
interesting stopdiggin Jan 2020 #6
If your business model requires you to discriminate or to cheat or harass your employees ... eppur_se_muova Jan 2020 #12
I looked him up, and there is indeed somebody by that name that is what he says he is DFW Jan 2020 #7
your "former" party has been un-American for decades SlogginThroughIt Jan 2020 #8
THANK YOU Skittles Jan 2020 #21
He's not a Democrat Leith Jan 2020 #9
Who knows. Maybe sets in motion a sea change for him Roland99 Jan 2020 #13
Haven't voted Repub in years... Wounded Bear Jan 2020 #11
What kind of business does this guy run? Merlot Jan 2020 #14
My friend's husband is a home builder in Pennsylvania phylny Jan 2020 #19
Rec this amazing Op-ed FakeNoose Jan 2020 #18
As long as he votes Democratic, I could care less if his Republican tendencies enter into our party Mr. Ected Jan 2020 #20

CrispyQ

(36,768 posts)
2. "I'm uncomfortable, but I'm OK," he writes.
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 03:51 PM
Jan 2020

I'm more uncomfortable with him being in our party than he is.

Leaving the GOP is easy.

But, what do you do when you agree with one party’s premises while abhorring their conclusions? When the other isn’t premised on much of anything? If you don’t want to end up independently irrelevant, where do you go?

Someday the Democratic Party might split, and we’ll see the rise of a moderate/centrist party focused on practical solutions to everyday problems instead of using them to pursue a broad ideological agenda. It can be home to independents as well as disaffected Ds and Rs.

Until then, whether I’ve intentionally chosen them or not — I guess these are my people now.


Great. Not. I realize this is just one man's conjecture, but what do we do when the Nicolle Wallace's of the GOP all join our party and take it even further to the right, at a time when I think a lot of people would like to see the Democratic Party go more to the left? I predicted this would happen as the Republican Party continues it's hard right trajectory, and here we are.

CrispyQ

(36,768 posts)
15. Disaffected repubs should vote democratic and not join our party.
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 06:15 PM
Jan 2020

They should fix their party or form their own new third party, but instead they will infiltrate our party, pull it even further to the right, and we will end up with a right and far right two party system. And if the author is right that the dem party will split, the left will wither and die. At least that's what my crystal ball shows.

CrispyQ

(36,768 posts)
17. The GOP has been playing the long game since the early 80s
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 06:26 PM
Jan 2020

and have almost accomplished one party rule while the dems have largely been in reactive mode. We could have used a little more foresight and strategy, IMO.

But getting through tomorrow is always a priority!

Under The Radar

(3,409 posts)
3. You would likely appeal to fellow republicans elsewhere
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 03:58 PM
Jan 2020

I doubt that many other republicans are on this site so they aren’t likely going to read your post. Frankly I am surprised that even you would be here being a conservative. Either way, happy to see an enlightening change.
Make your post on Brietbart and then let us know how that goes. We’re pulling for you.

stopdiggin

(11,578 posts)
6. interesting
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 04:16 PM
Jan 2020
I’m a small business owner who, without exaggeration, would likely have to close our business upon the passage of progressive policies.

Examples? Is it M4A, or LGBT protections, that are going to send your "business" into a downward spiral? See, you might not be a Republican any more .. but I don't know if I can see you as any kind of Democrat. But I'll encourage you to keep working on it!

eppur_se_muova

(36,357 posts)
12. If your business model requires you to discriminate or to cheat or harass your employees ...
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 05:33 PM
Jan 2020

... or not pay your share of taxes, you should be forced out of business. That's not wrong and it's not unfair -- but Repugs who aren't allowed to play Robber Barons think they're being victimized.

DFW

(54,825 posts)
7. I looked him up, and there is indeed somebody by that name that is what he says he is
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 04:17 PM
Jan 2020

However......NOBODY I have been able to take seriously EVER uses the word "corporatist."

So while I don't discount the possibility that this article might be on the level (after all, I never met the guy, never heard of him before), I won't be waving it in anyone's face, either.

 

SlogginThroughIt

(1,977 posts)
8. your "former" party has been un-American for decades
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 04:53 PM
Jan 2020

Thanks for waking the fuck up but you don't get a damn trophy for it and all the things that you listed as things that prove your republican worthiness are things that Democratic Americans are as well.


Skittles

(153,823 posts)
21. THANK YOU
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 07:35 PM
Jan 2020

sick of these people who excused all KINDS of shit, until the shit hit the fan and they WOKE UP SPLATTERED

Leith

(7,824 posts)
9. He's not a Democrat
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 05:14 PM
Jan 2020

The article shows his black/white thinking and lack of nuance. He's for the things that rethugs claimed for themselves but never acted on, like hardworking and patriotic. He says that he can't go along with Democratic ideas because he doesn't know wtf they are - only the BS that reichwing radio and TV says about them.

He's a nevertrumper rethug. I will thank him for not trying to yank our party to the reich to suit himself.

Merlot

(9,696 posts)
14. What kind of business does this guy run?
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 05:44 PM
Jan 2020
I’m a small business owner who, without exaggeration, would likely have to close our business upon the passage of progressive policies.


Sounds like more republican drama to me.

phylny

(8,412 posts)
19. My friend's husband is a home builder in Pennsylvania
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 07:07 PM
Jan 2020

and that’s what he said would happen to him if Obama won. He would never be able to make a profit and his business would fail.

That was over 12 years ago. He’s still building and selling homes.

FakeNoose

(33,376 posts)
18. Rec this amazing Op-ed
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 06:35 PM
Jan 2020

This guy sounds like he's in his mid-30's, and he's just the type of person we need to attract into our Party. This Op-ed it simply awesome!

Thanks for posting this Roland99

Mr. Ected

(9,677 posts)
20. As long as he votes Democratic, I could care less if his Republican tendencies enter into our party
Sun Jan 26, 2020, 07:29 PM
Jan 2020

The first thing we need to do is let the Republican Party suffocate itself into extinction.

The next thing we need to do is allow an honest debate of where the line needs to be drawn for each policy decision we face. The Adam Schiffs and Barack Obamas of the world are far more sensible and compelling than their counterparts on the other side of the aisle, so that line would very likely be quite left of center.

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