posted on Jun, 17 2012 @ 10:00 AM
An ideological shift occurred in American politics in the 20th century. As anyone who investigates the issue recognizes, the parties, in some ways,
exchanged viewpoints. The Republican Party today would have been members of the Democratic Party in prior times.
Indicating an uneasiness with the contemporary Democratic Party because of the past, particularly with regard to the South or Civil War-era politics
is denying oneself reality. This is pretty widely known and accepted. To eschew this is a big red flag of disingenuousness.
In addition, to profess a lack of religious interest, tolerance and support for abortion, then to indicate an allegiance to Republican Party ideals is
severely inconsistent. Yes, it is often that an individual does not buy into the entirety of a party's platform. But these three issues, in
particular, are fairly core to the modern Republican Party. And since they seem to be issues of note to people, they typically are major influences
on party alignment.
One is not going to feel at home in the Republican Party if one does not want religion shoved down one's throat, anyone else's throat or society's
throat. One is not going to feel at home in the Republican Party if one believes in tolerance and that all people should have the same rights and no
one should be allowed to infringe on others'. One is certainly not going to feel at home in the Republican Party if one supports the right to have
abortion options legal.
These three key issues (separation of church and state, tolerance and freedom, the right to have a choice) are anathema to the Republican Party. To
suggest this party meets one's needs when the party is so diametrically opposed to such core issues is akin to repeatedly banging one's head against
a door with the expectation that, at some point, it's going to stop hurting.