It has got to be tough being a moderate, reasonable Republican these days. Sitting here watching the skabillionth Republican primary debate, the only person that is even close to being reasonable is Jon Huntsman and he doesn’t have a prayer of getting the nomination.
I think we’re going to begin seeing a LOT more things like this piece by a moderate Republican named Jeff Wartman: Why I’m leaving the Republican Party…and Endorsing President Obama..
I’m leaving the Republican Party. No longer can I say with a clear conscience that the Republican Party is focused on solving problems will benefit average Americans.
Solving problems is about pragmatically viewing data to decide upon the most effective public policy solutions. Many times, problem solving is the complete opposite of adhering to a rigid political ideology that dictates policy regardless of consequences. Our public servants need to be looking at what has worked, what has not worked, and using those judgments to form policy moving forward. The Republican Party refuses to look at what works and what doesn’t — they simply base policy on whether it fits into a rigid anti-government philosophy, whether it is good policy or not. Essentially, the effectiveness of policy is completely and totally irrelevant to Republicans. Additionally, the Republican Party believes more strongly in obstructing anything that President Obama proposes than in real solutions that would create jobs and help the average American.
Additionally, I have specific grievances with the current “know-nothing” incarnation of the Republican Party:
- The Republican Party refuses to give full rights and liberty to same sex couples.
- The Republican Party refuses to craft real solutions to the problem of high healthcare costs. Our healthcare costs are the highest in the world, and rising. Our public servants need to be developing solutions that bring heathcare costs into line with the rest of the world.
- The Republican Party refuses to acknowledge the individual rights of women to control their own medical decisions and body.
- The Republican Party refuses to address the real solutions towards lowering the deficit. Any person who says they would oppose a plan that contains a ratio of $10 in spending cutsfor every $1 in tax increases simply does not have enough of an education in economics to participate in the discussion.
Read the rest HERE. It’s brilliant.