This has been a long time coming. And what I am about to say is after plumbing the depths of my soul for what I truly believe and examining the philosophies that are now defining the Republican party. As I have called myself a Republican for my entire adult life, this only makes what I have to say even harder. But sometimes, when the dog you have loved for years gets the rabies, you have to take it out and shoot it yourself.
I have pretty much had it with the goings on in the Grand Old Party. I came to the Republican party because they best represented my values and ideals of less government and a clear (theoretically) moral stance. But for many years it has been drifting away from the conservative ideals last embodied (imperfectly but greatly) in the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Also, I've seen my philosophies crystallize over time to leave the morality to the clergy and reduce the government involvement in our daily lives. (holy crap, I've skewed libertarian)
Now I could stay with the GOP if they had worked on reducing government. But that has not been the case. In 1995, we saw the last real conservative election, with Newt Gingrich leading the charge with the Contract with America. Since then, the GOP has spent a decade sliding away from shrinking government and has instead unleashed, especially with the election of George W Bush, in an unprecedented growth of government programs. And now, we are at the point where the party is dominated by the McCain-Schwarzenegger wing of the party (Democrats In Republican Clothes). This is now a party that seeks the center to work with Democrats, embraces liberal scams (Global Warming) to expand government, and expects support from conservatives, who they expect to show out because they are the lesser evil than a liberal Democrat.
I can at least respect the Democrats for embracing the ideology they espouse, despite my utter disagreement with it. I can no longer say the same for a party that has given up its ideology to be liked more by their political enemies.
I haven't settled on being an independent or a Libertarian yet, but I will share that when I have done so.
*excessive venom alert*
Now what do I want to see happen, in the short term, to my former party? I want to see it die, be burned from the face of the Earth, and cease utterly. Or even more ironically, I'd love to see Ron Paul and the comedy relief that are the Paultomatons tear the party asunder, leading to defeat and darkness and utter domination of the country by the Democrats. Only from the chaos that would result could a new conservative party emerge to challenge the insanity that will result from a President Obama, with willing support from the Democrat-led, RINO-infected, and DIRC-diseased Congress, destroying what remains of the American dream.
Now this is not to say I will never return when the party is rebuilt. But for now, I (and so many conservatives who have principles) am no longer wanted in the GOP, and I shall remain sundered from them until the day conservatism returns to the national consciousness. Damn them. Damn them all to Hell.