I used to be a Republican...
...until my party was hijacked by neo-fascists, many of whom are continuing to embarrass our great state on a daily basis in Music City.
I still like Ike. He couldn't get nominated today.
I also think, in many ways, Nixon's the One. He couldn't get nominated, either.
TR? Lincoln? Forget it.
Jack Kennedy couldn't get the Democratic nomination today. He cut taxes and was a Cold Warrior.
U.S. Rep. John Duncan? He's got guts. Made the right decision against the wars and the Patriot Act. I like him. A lot.
Many of these new folks bow to the feet of Ronald Reagan, yet must have never studied what the Gipper actually believed. It was a nice mix of idealism and pragmatism. Do any of them even know the source of Reagan's phrase "rendezvous with destiny"? I doubt it.
The days of Everett Dirksen and Mike Mansfield arguing in the Senate and then going out for a drink after 5 are long gone. We're a worse nation for it.
I became a Republican because I thought they believed in getting government out of our lives, not intruding into them.
These days, I am a painter passing through, a wayfaring pilgrim, a person without a party.
You can have what my friend Dean Harned calls this "curious mix of fundamentalist Cromwellian orthodoxy and Christianized Shariah Law," if you want it. I think it's by and large a disgrace.