I'm a white, male - perfect demographic for the GOP - the GOP alienates me as well. Concern for America's social well-being transcends just minorities and liberals. What happened to the party of Lincoln; that party that championed social issues once upon a time? So, if the GOP wants my vote again this is what I want:
- The GOP must purge itself of bullies, tyrants and loud-mouths. I will not vote for any politician until they are reasonable, giving and just.
- End America's addiction to war. I have two children who are Marines. I know what I'm talking about. You send soldiers into meaningless war, and keep them far too long. You cripple and kill our youth. Veterans commit suicide at the rate of 18 per day once back here in the states. The lion's share of these lost soldiers are under the age of 30 years old.
- STOP KILLING OUR CHILDREN IN WAR.
- The GOP has become petulant obstructionist shouting "NO TAXES", "MORE MILITARY SPENDING" "LESS SOCIAL SPENDING". I voted Reagan, Bush Sr. and once for GW Bush. No more votes from me Republicans, until you give me real, genuine and caring Republican candidates.
- I'm tired of your childish positions that are far too juvenile to be functional at in in the real world.
- Republicans embarrass me with their horrible opinions on rape and sophomoric understanding of reproductive rights of women.
- Women's pay must be equal (as a man I want my woman to make a decent living - her success helps up both).
- Gay marriage - the gay community reflects just 3 to 5% of total population, just give them their rights already. You can't make people 'ungay' by stepping on them, and I promise they can't make your catch 'gay' if you let them have stable, loving, supportive, legal marriages. Everybody wins.
That's about it. You want my white, male, independent vote then just make some reasonable and intelligent changes.
These issues are important. My voice is ignored by a party I once voted for frequently. I owe no party my dogged alliegence. My next work is about removing the legal prohibition on marijuana. I do not consider myself a 'hippy liberal' for my positions, but rather an intelligent, caring father.