Skip to comments.Stafford: Why I gave up on being a Republican
Posted on 06/13/2012 1:47:14 AM PDT by SMGFan
I'm a life-long Republican. My political affiliation has been woven intrinsically into the very fabric of my being. My first political act was passionately lobbying my fourth-grade classmates to vote for Reagan over Walter Mondale in a mock election in 1984. As an adult, I continued to be a rock-solid Republican- I helped run my law school's chapter of the Federalist Society and its Republican club. And after the election of President Obama in 2008, I served as an officer in my state Republican Party. For the next two years, I devoted substantial amounts of my time, my talent, and my treasure to supporting local candidates running for office and to building the Party organization. Today, however, I am a registered Republican no longer.
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And Democrats are not extremists? Oh , no. But I do not read criticism of anything Democrats did past few years. Not made clear he registered as a Democrat.
** No, I am not claiming he is known, credible, etc. Just sharing. I think he is a moron.
Pretty shallow understanding of Republican values. No long term understanding, just immediate gratification. Almost like he was a hard-core leftist in masquerade.
This guy comes acriss very much like the “seminar callers” that phone in to Rush`s show...
“First, let me say that I have voted for Republicans all my adult life, I supported Reagan, cheered when the Soviet Union fell, and believed in supply-side economics. I worked the local Republican campaigns and promoted Republican candidates.... BUT...”
I`m entertained at how he rails on about Repubs` supposed conspiracy mindset...
Funny.. I read the article again and couldn`t find the part about how large swaths of dems believe 9-11 was an inside job, and Bush used a weather machine that could blow up levees and kill black people during Hurricane Katrina.
Repubs have nothing on the dems when it comes to conspiracy talk.
Under Obama more people have left the Democratic Party than him leaving the GOP.
Seminar Caller is what he is in print.
Goodbye, Mr. Stafford. Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!
The difference between a Hudson County Republican and a Hudson County Democrat is one gets elected and was does not. Otherwise they’re indistinguishable.
Writting crap like this can only come from a sh!thead RINO Republican, never a real Conservative.
Let’s be a little real here. I identify myself as a conservative and not a republican. To me, the republican party are a bunch of knobs, which is clear when you see who our candidate for 2012 is.
Come to Delaware.
Meant to reassure Dems Obama will win.
That’s my take. The clown is spouting the Dem parrot fodder like a HuffPo yoyo.
you can stop reading there...all this spineless clown is doing now is self preservation in a 90% rat district...he's not or ever has been a conservative....a lot of hot air and wasted ink and data to help his sorry political existence...scum bag!
Bingo. When I moved recently and had to re-register to vote, I registered as an Independent.
I would NEVER vote for a Democrat ever, but I can’t say I am the party of Karl Rove et al either.
BUT, after I registered, the one and ONLY ‘welcome’ letter I got was from a Republican, thanking me for registering to vote and how important it is etc.- and in real ink he wrote: “If there is anything I can ever do for you, do not hesitate to contact me”...I was shocked as he used to be Mayor-but in the next town over, where I have never lived...
I kept it, if for no other reason than he actually used a real pen!
To sum up Stafford’s complaints, Republicans incorrectly believe communists and socialists lurk around every corner, ignore climate change, include a large number of birthers, engage in class warfare, have contempt for our inherited social and economic policies, and dismiss the legitimacy of the political opposition. He’s also a Huntsman fan.
Either satire or someone that was a liar most of their life.
If he believes what he is saying now then he never was a Republican.
If he can not acknowledge the blatant socialism that is constantly eroding our Constitution and the basis of society set up by the founders of our Nation, then again, he never was a Republican.
Hannibal, are you Michael Stafford? I don’t understand your response to me.
I have heard most of these "talking points" from the Democrats for the past 40 years.
"I'm juth thupser, thanks for athking..."
“The difference between a Hudson County Republican and a Hudson County Democrat is one gets elected and was does not. Otherwise theyre indistinguishable.”
Well put (from Hudson County NJ)
I also left the Republican Party back in 73 when that wuss, RINO, Gerald Ford ignored his oath he took and refused to abide by the Paris Peace Accords and come to the aid of our Allies (South Vietnam) as promised, should the North attempt to take over the South.
Regardless of the DemoRats cutting off funding, he could have ignored them and issued orders upholding our commitments but chose instead to do nothing.
After having served for 18 months in Nam (and working closely with many South Vietnamese as well as living off base) I left many acquaintances and several friends who to this day, don't know how they fared when the Commies overran the South, but based upon reports, those who trusted us and worked with us, ended up in "re-education" camps, prisons or worse.
Since then, I have been an Independent, albeit, unlike this phony, charlatan, RINO, a 100% Conservative, thru and thru.
Good riddance to bad rubbish. Perhaps he can apply for a job working for Jeb Bush or Karl Rove as I'm certain he would be welcome.
Butt piracy trumps ideology... now I understand... buggery above all else. This explains everything.
I am almost willing to drop my affiliation with the Republican party myself, but not for any of the reasons this clown spouted.
My reasons are that half the Republican leadership should be registered Democrats. The Republicans let Democrats walk all over them, They need to summon some courage and fight.
Our candidate was not picked by rank and file Republicans but by leadership, and he sucks. Republicans have stood by and let Obama take control of the country by Executive order instead of the Constitutional process of Congress and done nothing.McConnel and Boehner put together are not worth a pint of stale owl pee.
I would agree. This is likely a guy who just kept waiting for some magic bus to pull up and help him out of a ditch. I doubt if he really could progress in life....without the government helping him.
Yah...most “Democrats” are technically Communists.....most “Republicans” are really Democrats” ala 1980’s.....
the current presidential election is technically between a Communist and a Democrat .....any True Republican, or American for that matter, has little representation in this contest.
Shallow indeed—or worse. Maybe I missed it, but I didn’t see where this guy mentioned on conservative principle that he ever supported. He mentioned candidates (personalities), but not ideas. And he demonizes the Tea Party without ever saying why. Does he buy the Liberal line that they’re all racists? And I guess he’s all on board with the “climate change” crowd.
Anyway: Buh, bye Mr. Stafford. Don’t let the door hit your a$$ on the way out.
Anyway to check this guy out
Sounds like BS to me
Aye carumba, is Mittens too far to the right for this limp noodle?
“...scornful of compromise...”
COMPROMISE is the bread and butter of the go along to get along party and chubby is now falling on the ground and having a fit since the Tea Party has forced some of the GOP to quit compromising in order to keep their political seats.
I almost did that after moving to Florida, but if you do then you cannot vote in the primaries here.
Since Florida does not allow cross over voting, and is also an extremely important swing state, I chose to remain able to vote in, and influence, the primary election process.
I would NEVER vote for a Democrat ever, but I cant say I am the party of Karl Rove et al either.
Sounds like something a demodummy would write to create a “fog”. I don’t believe it for a minute. Time to move on.......
“Chubby Rino”. I don’t know why I find that funny early in the morning. But I do.....
Well Michael Stafford,
If you don’t want to be a republican, that is your right to freedom of choice, but you sound more like you’ve been a lifelong RINO than an actual Conservative Republican.
I’m sure Obama’s minion will welcome you with open arms and don’t let the door hit you in the butt on you way out.
This big fag fits right in at FR with the “I hate mittens and all Republicans” crowd, it’s just his reasons are different.
Why does the drama queen make this change now? Everything he talks about has been this way for 15-20 years. Why now? Election year?
This is very encouraging. RINOs are getting the message that it isn’t exclusively their party any more.
Guys like Stafford just stink the place up.
I’m sure your (self reported) hero Reagan would embrace the tea party and spit you out.
That is exactly what this is - bogus. Either that, or this guy hit his head real hard on something, scrambling his brain.
Government spending is up to 24% of GDP. The "rich" pay 70% + of all taxes. The GOP wants to bring spending back to its post WWII level of 18% and not cause the "rich" to pay 100% of all taxes, as they would under Obama's skewed tax plans. Ryan's budget doesn't even back out all of Obama's spending for 10 years. If this moron thinks that Ryan's budget is "extreme," he's too stupid to vote.
ditto. It makes one want to ask Stafford why he was a Republican in the first place. So the first time he saw the Tea Party on the horizon he wanted to leave. So he opposed a grassroots conservative group trying to uphold the constitution and hold government accountable. Unbelievable. Good riddance.
Stafford’s obviously found a way to scam the system.My money’s on SSDI!
I think you mean 70% of Federal income taxes.
So in other words this guy is a big time RINO, well good bye and glad to see you leave.
Sounds to me like he’s a progressive who’s been looking to change the GOP from the inside and he doesn’t like that he’s run into resistance.
Question to FReepers criticizing this post. Do you support Lindsey Graham if you live in SC... Donating to the RNC and indirectly to him just because you are a solid Republican? I wouldn’t vote for a lib Dem, but neither will I spend money and time promoting a group that supports a lib like Lindsey Graham. I left our Republican Club when I was told I would have to actively campaign for him. And I left the GOPe at the same time. No regrets, sent a contribution to Scott Walker. I’m a conservative, not a Republican. I can see this person’s point of view.