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(Vanity) What do you all think about leaving the GOP?
Self | 1/3/13 | Thunder Sleeps

Posted on 01/03/2013 8:56:56 PM PST by ThunderSleeps

I'm fed up with the GOP. Lackluster performance the last few years. First they somehow let a relative nobody with no real experience beat them in 2008. Then they limp through 4 years allowing him to grind the Country down. Then they run another unsuccessful campaign against a guy with absolutely nothing going for him. obama had nothing on his record for 4 years - nothing that was a positive. Yet the GOP managed to lose to him and his machine, again. Beating obama in 2012 should've been like shooting fish in a barrel. Now they (the GOP Congress critters) cave on the fiscal negotiations.


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I'm done. What do I have to do to "leave" the GOP? Can I just go to my State's website and re-register as an Independent? When will the State party bosses get the numbers? I want them to know they've lost another one. It may be a very small message, but I want to send it.
1 posted on 01/03/2013 8:57:01 PM PST by ThunderSleeps
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To: ThunderSleeps

Just register as independent. If the GOP conservatives court you then help them out. The hell with the rest.


2 posted on 01/03/2013 8:58:31 PM PST by frogjerk (Obama Claus is coming to town!)
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To: ThunderSleeps
(Vanity) What do you all think about leaving the GOP?

Just wait, they'll leave you.

3 posted on 01/03/2013 9:03:02 PM PST by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: ThunderSleeps

Crawl into a hole never to be heard from again. Same difference.


4 posted on 01/03/2013 9:03:12 PM PST by dinoparty
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To: ThunderSleeps

I left a long time ago. The GOP has ceased to be an effective vehicle for conservative principles.


5 posted on 01/03/2013 9:03:28 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: ThunderSleeps

gonna have to focus on making the GOP hold the line at the state and local level. We can do that and remain viable. If we don’t do that, kiss everything you care about goodbye. Abandoning them completely is a mistake for this reason.


6 posted on 01/03/2013 9:04:12 PM PST by RC one (From My Cold Dead Hands.)
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To: ThunderSleeps

Already left to be an Independent, back in 2011. I vote for the best candidate. Can’t think of one Dem I’ve voted for, however. Gee, wonder why not!


7 posted on 01/03/2013 9:04:20 PM PST by JustTheTruth
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To: ThunderSleeps

You kiddin’?

They left me years ago. I dumped them shortly thereafter.

I have been saying here for years that the GOP is not a Freeper’s friend and have been trashed wildly for saying it.

Now folks are beginning to wake up.


8 posted on 01/03/2013 9:07:38 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: TBP

Direct.
To the point.
Accurate to a tee.
I agree.


9 posted on 01/03/2013 9:09:08 PM PST by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: ThunderSleeps

I’d need to see a formal Tea Party political party to change the registration.


10 posted on 01/03/2013 9:11:41 PM PST by tbw2
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To: ThunderSleeps

It is easier to conquer the Republicans from within and take over the party apparatus. We need another year like 2010.


11 posted on 01/03/2013 9:12:03 PM PST by UnwashedPeasant
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To: ThunderSleeps

I left in ‘92 right after Bush Sr. signed a budget that was $400 billion in the red. Voted for Marrou, Kemp, Bush, Bush, and Palin in the next five elections.


12 posted on 01/03/2013 9:12:30 PM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: ThunderSleeps

I thought it was a good thing to do when I did it back in 2007. Even more so now.


13 posted on 01/03/2013 9:14:29 PM PST by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: ThunderSleeps

Dumping the GOP was the first thing I did after the election. Am now unaffiliated here in California. Decline to State basically. Since we have “open primaries” it doesn’t really have any effect except to send the message to the GOP — get conservative or get out.

Not that my vote ever counts in California anyway.

Of course I approve. Send the GOP a message and leave. NO MORE RINOs.


14 posted on 01/03/2013 9:14:37 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Free goodies for all -- Freedom for none.)
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To: ThunderSleeps

Don’t Leave! The GOP is going to give us a much better candidate than Romney in 2016. Rumor has it they plan to run Bob Dole.


15 posted on 01/03/2013 9:15:47 PM PST by 50mm (Trust nobody and you'll never be disappointed.)
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To: ThunderSleeps

In Canada, after Brian Mulroney, real conservatives destroyed the Progressive Conservatice Party, reducing it down to two seats. It took 20 years, and some reform to remake the party into something much more conservative.

We had the good fortune of not having to deal with Trudeau Liberals, who were interested in having a Soviet Canada.

My concern, if the constitutional conservatives abandon the Republican party, unfettered Democrats will move quickly to make ineffective the Constitution and, ensure permanent power for themselves. If I believed that there would be time to go through the process the conservatives, in my country, went through, I would whole heartedly support real conservatives walking away from the Republican party, and collapsing the whole thing.

However, I think it is still possible to remake the Republican party, from within. You just need to be willing to fight like a wildcat at every nomination meeting. We don’t need to win every Republican nomination, just enough of them.


16 posted on 01/03/2013 9:16:13 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: UnwashedPeasant

The GOP has purged the tea party. The idea you can retake the GOP from inside is laughable. They will embrace Hispanics from now on like you can’t believe. They are moving to the left to be even more “moderate”.

The GOP is committing suicide.


17 posted on 01/03/2013 9:16:41 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Free goodies for all -- Freedom for none.)
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To: Jonty30

Good advice.


18 posted on 01/03/2013 9:18:39 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: ThunderSleeps

I leftthem when they decided McLame was a good idea and crapped on Palin. They’re dead to me.


19 posted on 01/03/2013 9:19:43 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: kinsman redeemer

The Republican Party was formed to replace the Whigs, who couldn’t take a stand on the major issues of the day.

They did such a good job of replacing the Whigs that they have become the Whigs.


20 posted on 01/03/2013 9:20:36 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: ThunderSleeps; All

Our Political System is dependent upon the system that the candidate with the most votes wins. Thus, in a race with 3 candidates, the winner could win with 33 % of the votes cast plus one vote.

The major problem is that it is nearly impossible for one of the two largest parties to lose. Hence, there is NO change.

The two largest parties, call them ‘Tweedle Dumb’ and ‘Tweedle Dumber,’ will fight tooth and nail to prevent an election rule change to stipulate that the winning candidate must get 50 % of the votes cast plus one vote.

Thus, until election laws are changed to permit the 50 % plus one vote victory rule, a third party, such as the Tea Party, will be seen as a voter block at best.

IMHO, the best course is to dedicate a given amount of ya’lls time between now and November, 2014 to taking over the sorry RINO functions in your local area, County and State.

State at your first meeting your primary goals, and ask all in attendance to “Lead, Follow, or GET OUT OF THE WAY!”


21 posted on 01/03/2013 9:22:27 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Laws, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: ThunderSleeps

Did so yesterday morning .. first order of business in 2013 !


22 posted on 01/03/2013 9:24:32 PM PST by tomkat (-/\/\/\-)
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To: ThunderSleeps

Have you ever done anything, within the political arena? you sound like an angry jerk who only wants to bitch.

Your complaint is with human nature.

There is NO chance that we will ever have a perfect political party.


23 posted on 01/03/2013 9:25:23 PM PST by Kansas58
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To: ThunderSleeps; a fool in paradise

How does one DE-register?


24 posted on 01/03/2013 9:25:51 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: ThunderSleeps

Do what you feel is right and DO NOT sycophants on FR or anywhere divert your intent, whatever it may be by whining about irrelevancy or any of a million other excuses.

It comes down to this. Support the problem or not. If you feel (as I do) the GOP has become the Dem party, then your path is clear.


25 posted on 01/03/2013 9:28:34 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: ThunderSleeps

I left years ago, but can still vote for their crappy, Rino candidates whenever I want.


26 posted on 01/03/2013 9:28:34 PM PST by Luke21
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To: UnwashedPeasant

Why?

What did 2010 accomplish?


27 posted on 01/03/2013 9:29:24 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: ThunderSleeps

I did so about a year ago. I have no regrets..I still vote that way as long as it’s on conservative principals...I actually felt very liberated leaving the GOP. I previously had been a registered R since I was 18. They are’nt what they use to be. So for me, my Lord which is Jesus, is my guide and decision for party principal.


28 posted on 01/03/2013 9:30:36 PM PST by hope (Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!)
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To: ThunderSleeps

Fold on the debt limit and I’m gone. Bags are packed now

Alaska looks good


29 posted on 01/03/2013 9:37:23 PM PST by chiller (Do not consume any NBCNews;MTPTodayNightlyNewsMorningJoeMSNBCBrianWilliams)
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To: ThunderSleeps

Suicide!


30 posted on 01/03/2013 9:40:01 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: ThunderSleeps

“I didn’t leave the Democratic party. It left me.”
Ronald Reagan, 1962

Guess what, boys? The GOP’s left. And that ain’t right.


31 posted on 01/03/2013 9:40:20 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: tbw2
Now is the time for the Tea Party to make noises about forming a party. Otherwise it will be too late in 2016. We might get a few Senators elected in 2014, but for a Presidential run, we need a viable candidate that can make headlines early. Otherwise the Rpubs will just shrug and allow the party to split thinking we have nowhere to go in 2016. Boner just removed all Tea Party congressmen from his committee's. The establishment don't think we can go elsewhere.

If we made some noise, they may accommodate us, just like they accommodate Christians, and guns. If Repubs lose the gun people or the Christians, or both, they are finished as a party. The Tea Party would scoop them up in a minute. The problem with the Tea Party is they just go for taxes and spending and steer clear of social issues and guns.

I'm old enough to remember the days of the Rockefeller Republicans and all they wanted was lower taxes. They didn't give a damn about anything else.

They lost........all the time. When Pat Robertson brought the Christians in for social reasons, we had a winning party. The Repubs are going to have to admit they need the Tea Party or they will never win again. If they don't cater to The Tea Party, IMHO, they will go somewhere else. We all will lose then, just like the 3rd parties throughout history.

32 posted on 01/03/2013 9:41:07 PM PST by chuckles
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To: ThunderSleeps

I don’t understand the concept. I never “went” to something call the GOP. I didn’t “enter” a place called “GOP”, so I don’t know how you would “leave” it.

My political strategy is to vote in every election, for the person who most closely reflects what I believe to be correct. I rarely get an opportunity to vote for a candidate who I agree with 100%. But I often have a chance to vote for a decent candidate, at least in a primary if not a general election.

For a time I hung out in a republican committee, since there are virtually no democrats I have met recently that end up being a better choice than whatever the republicans put up.

In rare occasions, no candidates are acceptable. In those cases, I don’t vote for that office. In 2008, that was going to happen for me in my congressional district, because Republican Tom Davis had just made too many bad choices. But then he quit; I was able to vote for a decent republican who had no chance of beating the democrat.

So if you are saying that from now on, you won’t just vote for the republican because he has an “R” next to his name, I’m with you. If you are saying that you will refuse to vote for the best candidate running, out of spite, I would disagree.

But I would say that you should NEVER vote against your own conscience; I would never urge you to vote for someone you thought was a mistake, even if I thought that person was good enough to vote for.


33 posted on 01/03/2013 9:42:28 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: ThunderSleeps

Leaving the GOP isn’t going to help. Staying in the GOP
isn’t going to help.

As long as libtards dominate the delivery of information and education
they will control more and more.


34 posted on 01/03/2013 9:46:38 PM PST by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
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To: chiller

It’s cold here.

But, come on up.


35 posted on 01/03/2013 9:46:38 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: ThunderSleeps

I registered as Independent when I moved in 2006 and again in 2010. Through with the Republicans and their wimp nominees and tactics.


36 posted on 01/03/2013 9:48:04 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: ThunderSleeps
The GOP-e doesn't care if 100% of conservatives leave the party, leaving absolute control of the GOP in the hands of liberal Republicans (who are mostly former Democrats).

The GOP-e don't want conservatives showing up to precinct, county, state, or the national conventions. They don't want conservatives voting in closed state primaries.

They want you registered as libertarians or Independents, so that liberals completely control the mechinations of both parties.

Because, and only because, conservatives have left the GOP, liberals now control who gets on the ballots in all 50 states. Liberals control party rules for the only two parties that will be on the ballots in all 50 states.

Liberals show up for local party functions for both parties, in sufficient numbers to run the business for both parties.

Conservatives complain after the fact that the liberals running their local GOP aren't doing it right.

Libertarians smoke dope and molest their neighbors' livestock, then stage stupid protests at the conventions of other parties.

Independents let other people run the meetings, primaries and conventions of the two major parties, then complain that their only choices are between two liberals on the two main party tickets.

And liberals win another election.

37 posted on 01/03/2013 9:56:53 PM PST by meadsjn
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To: ThunderSleeps

Left a month ago. Tired of toeing the line.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j6DpPGMfzs

Rocky Burnette 1980


38 posted on 01/03/2013 10:00:12 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: ThunderSleeps

So then what is your alternative. It’s a two party system.
Would you rather the Obama minions rule you unopposed.


39 posted on 01/03/2013 10:08:21 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: ThunderSleeps

great. just register as an independent or “decline to state” or whatever your state requires and then try to get/find conservatives to run in whatever party they want.

just act as a member of a defacto conservative party. once you start thinking that way. it’s easy to determine who to vote for and who to ignore.


40 posted on 01/03/2013 10:11:34 PM PST by dadfly
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To: ThunderSleeps
I'm done.

I am not even going to vote anymore.

41 posted on 01/03/2013 10:11:58 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: UnwashedPeasant
"It is easier to conquer the Republicans from within and take over the party apparatus. We need another year like 2010."

That would be the only thing that I can think of that would help at this point. I have been a registered (Conservative) "U" in my state for years. "U" is "Undeclared."

42 posted on 01/03/2013 10:14:29 PM PST by redhead (Height of futility: Paying taxes to a government without a budget)
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To: meadsjn

uh. look. conservatives can’t unite behind the GOP. it just hasn’t happened. so why keep beating a dead horse. the liberals are in power, nationally, anyway so there is certainly nothing to lose. so what’s your point. the GOP is glad to see us go and we’re glad to go. it’s a win win. we win because we can work at the state and county level to get trustworthy conservatives into the system as independents or whatever they can best run as.

we can, however, unite as independents, other, decline to state, etc. that may be the path to forming a true third conservative party. anyway it’s a start. it’s the path i and many of my conservative friends are taking in the lost land of ca for sure.


43 posted on 01/03/2013 10:19:38 PM PST by dadfly
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To: umgud

History repeats itself.

Don’t remember exact quote.
Ronald Reagan said that he didn’t leave the democratic party, they left him . 1950’s I believe .


44 posted on 01/03/2013 10:24:29 PM PST by Morris70
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To: 50mm

Don’t be silly.....Mitt Romney will run again with Christie for Extra RINO credentials. Any REAL Conservative canidate will be frozen out in 2016 as the GOP-e (Surrender Monkies) will argue that the Country has moved “Left”. I bet Mitt can lose by a MUCH larger margin to Hillary!


45 posted on 01/03/2013 10:25:49 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Long post you got there CharlesWayneCT.
I agree with it.

Since 1988, I only voted For Bush in ‘88 and Bush in ‘04. All the rest I just pressed the “R” button.
If the selection doesn’t get better next time ,
I won’t be pushing the “R” button. It won’t be the
“D” button either.


46 posted on 01/03/2013 10:35:57 PM PST by Morris70
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To: ThunderSleeps

A party that feckless can easily be taken over by those with the will to do it. See tag.


47 posted on 01/03/2013 10:37:36 PM PST by ExGeeEye (I'll give y'all 90 days for the wounds to heal; then we start on 2014. Carpe GOP!)
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To: ThunderSleeps

As usual, the Pubbies run when the chips are down and the Dems circle the wagons.

I say open fire on the socialists.
Maybe Boehner et al won’t do it but the Tea Party has been MIA for 3 years.
This aint all Boehners fault.


48 posted on 01/03/2013 10:39:11 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Uncle Chip

Isn’t that exactly what they do now?


49 posted on 01/03/2013 10:46:48 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: ThunderSleeps
I am totally done in 2016 following another endangered, white RINO Judas named "crispy cream" nomination. Good ole Putzs', we can count on them! 90+ % of the elected GOP lacks backbone, conviction, integrity and personal responsibility...come to think of it, what really separates D's and R's today? hmmmm? When Mclame and Goober Graham are purged, send me a note. Otherwise, I wait and pray for the useless Sens and Reps voting for gun control to pass their worthless sh!t laws against our constitution, yet not have the conviction to collect them personally. ding dong, hello, is maxin "Bang..Bang..Bang..wat...
50 posted on 01/03/2013 10:50:39 PM PST by RetAF_fedUP (No moral value held dear by the American people obliges public servants ever to sacrifice innocents)
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