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NEW PARTY SWITCHER
Government retards, rather than Empowers the Individual
by Dave Salyers, California
I just sent in my voter registration to switch my party affiliation to GOP. This was quite a political journey for me. When I was in college, I considered myself a leftist radical - I studied anthropology and had Marxist professors and learned Marxist class analysis. When I got to the real world and found it difficult to make a living with a MA in that (didn't go on for the PhD), I had to go back to graduate school and get a second Master's degree in social work. (I work in the field of child welfare investigating child abuse and neglect.)
Now social work is an interesting job. For folks like me who have been around for a few years, it has a nasty eye-opening habit which causes a shift in political consciousness. This is not just from trying to empower the clients by getting them to accept the idea of personal responsibility to make productive choices, but also the dysfunctional nature of governmental systems in enabling clients to a sense of entitlement and learned helplessness, developing policies and procedures in reactions to political pressures and lawsuits (or by covering up and taking the blame for decisions by judicial officers), and by attempting to "re-parent" the children of society which should not be a governmental role.
Discovering the Republican Liberty Caucus
From RLC.org Statement on Entitlements:
We favor individual, family and community efforts to relieve the burdens of those who have suffered misfortune and innocent injury. Every individual has the right to the fruits of their own labor and the responsibility to support themselves and their families. The only true charity is found in the voluntary efforts of every compassionate person, independent of any government entitlements, dictates, or programs.The experiences I had caused me to re-examine the blinders and bias that I personally had been using on everything. So after a period of soul-searching, I went from the left to independent. (During my time on the left I actually knew CPUSA party members.)
I was formally involved with the Libertarian Party for a short while but had a problem with some of their more outrageous platform planks like liberalized immigration policies and open borders.
I now see more possibilities of working for libertarian policies within a major political party where there is at least lip-service to fiscal conservatism and more realistic positions. I strongly disagreed with the direction of the GOP under Bush and the neo-cons (and I would in no way be considered part of the religious right but support their right to their personal religious beliefs), but I like what I have read about the Republican Liberty Caucus and will be sending in my membership dues.