So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

My political journey began at 18 as a dyed in the wool liberal. My parents had to convince me not to join the Liberal Party of New York. Instead, I decided to join the Democratic Party – believing in a more liberal ideal. I was a “social progressive” at 18 who believed in legalization of anything and everything to a fault. My thoughts never touched the fiscal end of the spectrum and on foreign policy, I was apathetic. Yet, I knew I was against President Bush. Why? Who knows, I was an angry 18 year old who blamed Bush for stealing the 2000 election. Logic was not my strong suit.

After September 11, 2001 I know many who shifted hard to the neo-conservative wing of politics. I was not among those people, but the event did change me. I was a freshman in college when it happened. It scared me – and I was happy that we had a President who acted decisively in the face of danger. I still disagreed with him, but he was the President and I supported him in the defense of our nation. A few weeks later I watched as the media went from fawning over the President to attacking him at every turn. It went from honoring and respecting the President, to tearing him down at every step. Their bias was showing and it was ugly. A nation united was being torn apart by unnecessary and unfounded attacks on the intelligence and honesty of our President. It upset me and I felt sorry for this man whom I used to despise.

Over the next few years, a few major things occurred – I began to think about fiscal policy and I was saved by Christ. These two things impact me to this day and led to the shift of me from devout liberal to full bore conservative. In 2004 I had changed my voter registration to Republican and voted proudly for President George W. Bush. While some things have changed over the years, I have remained conservative to this day.

For the most part, I also remained a Republican. For a few years while I lived in New York I was a member of the Conservative Party. The power of fusion voting made it more advantageous for me to be a member of the Conservative Party to prevent liberal Republicans from obtaining a second ballot line. I still stand by my decision to remain in that party. In 2008 after moving to Maryland, I became a Republican once more. I have voted in every Presidential primary since, supporting conservative primary candidates such as Fred Thompson (2008), Brian Murphy (2010, Maryland Governor), Rick Perry (2012), and ended up voting for Ted Cruz in 2016. As of last week, I have left the GOP and do not plan to return.

The Republican Party is currently being represented on a national level by a man who does not represent my conservative ideals. In 2016, we battled for the soul of the Republican Party and lost to a man who is wholly unconservative. Donald Trump’s brand of Republicanism is big government, Executive branch heavy, and opposes free trade with massive tariffs on foreign competitors. It supports universal healthcare and involves perpetual bitterness towards immigrants. It is not pro-life, unless it is convenient to pretend to be for a few minutes. Republicans have ceded control of the vehicle which has historically gotten conservative policy accomplished to a narcissistic liberal and Democratic donor who defrauded people with Trump University. In Animal Farm, the animals looked at the Pigs and the Humans at the end and were no longer able to tell the difference. When I look at Clinton and Trump, the difference is tone not actual views on the issues.

This is not my Republican Party and I’m out.

Good bye, GOP. So long and thanks for all the fish.

About the Author

Matthew Newman
Matthew Newman is an environmental engineer (Professionally licensed in Maryland). He’s also a husband, beard aficionado, Dad of four beautiful children, blogger, and all around geeky guy from Baltimore County. When he’s not chasing his kids or working, he’s probably asleep.

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