As a publicly traded person I have faith in the truth of equity markets and I trust the less-biased nature of an economic viewpoint. As the party that claims as a central principle the encouragement and support of self-employment and entrepreneurship I am joining the Republican Party.
I also don’t believe that party lines need to be so rigid. Michael Bloomberg was a lifelong democrat until in 2001 he became a Republican and Mayor of New York City. Then in 2007 he became an independent. He is not judged on his party but on his political legacy. Florida Republican Governor has announced he’ll run as an independent.
It’s hard to not think of Bush, Cheney, and Karl Rove when someone says Republican. Though founded on an anti-slavery movement, rising to political power with Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, and the party that claims Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower, the party is seen by the left as destructive, hateful, and unethical. I don’t believe that is the case.
My suspicion is that the Republican Party is sacrificing their long term ideals in exchange for short term battles. With a longer outlook the party would make radically different choices and support entirely different policies. I’m excited about joining my new party!
Fun Fact: The original meaning of G.O.P. (in 1875) was “gallant old party.”
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