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I used to be a "Tea Party" Republican...

I grew up as a Democrat, raised in Evangelical church. Independent Fundamental Baptist, to be more specific.
I served in Air Force 1993 to 1998. Had to get out for medical reasons. Different story different time. As a young adult I found myself going to Southern Baptist Church at one point. Late 90s to early 2000s. I used to be a tea party Republican. I listened to AM radio everyday. Rush Limbaugh. Glenn Beck. Mark Levin. And any other talk show host that came on AM radio. I voted for Trump in 2016. Because I saw him as the lesser of the two evils. As a living I work in civil service. And I'm a member of a labor union. I was led to believe that Trump would reform a lot of Labor laws. I guess that's why I voted for him. And he seemed to differentiate himself between the rest of the republicans. But after I voted for him I became a Democrat. Why? I think it was because ever since getting out of the air force, I struggled to make ends meet. One dead-end job after another. Usually just above minimum wage. And supporting a wife and three daughters, that doesn't fly too well. Of course I was getting disability compensation from the VA. But that only helped out a little. Kids were on WIC. And sometimes we had to get help from food pantries. All this happened while still a Republican. I got to thinking how the Republican party has done nothing for me as far as improving my economic condition. I don't like and see was hell rich people were getting richer and poor people were getting poorer. And all I kept hearing about that was how the "owners of means of production" kept on coming down on the laborers. So I had to find a party that would better represent me. That's why I choose to be a Democrat.

You may be a Republican. Good for you. Because the Republican Party may be better at representing your own "best interest"** as the "owners of the means of production." But keep in mind that as a laborer, I am obligated to preserve my own best interests. To meet that end, I choose to be a Democrat.

As a former Republican I need to caution correct Republicans upon the radicalization of the Republican Party by MAGA Republicans. I cannot take the Republican Party serious with all these trumpers are running around doing the things they do. Get rid of them. Come back to the table. And let us reason together the best direction for the United States.

*Marx & Engels, "The Communist Manifesto" (name of publisher, city and year of publication currently unknown to me)

** Adam Smith, "Wealth of Nations" (name of publisher, city and year of publication currently unknown to me)
HoraceGreenley · 56-60, M
I'm not buying your story.

Communism, Marxism, Socialism is the path to poverty
@Human1000 But you were thinking about me.
Human1000 · M
@BohemianBoo Of course!
HoraceGreenley · 56-60, M
@badminton I disagree
TexChik · F
What a crock of sh*t. [i][ with all these trumpers are running around doing the things they do/i].
Care to explain , with facts not more communist BS, what Trump supporters are doing?

Lets talk about what creepy Joe and the sh*t show are doing. NY is having to pay billions to deal with the influx of illegal biden has let in and are about to declare a state of emergency, because they dont have the money.

Corruption, lies, weaponizing the justice system, and like your post...propagandizing BS, and pedophilia .

And in true communist fashion you attack patriotic Americans and fail to point out what all of you commies have done that you think is so great.

Tea party Republican my *ss!
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Prisoner1972 · 51-55, MVIP
@TexChik is that what you think? Go ahead and tell me more...
TexChik · F
@Prisoner1972 No need, you are doing just fine
JustDJ76 · 46-50, M
Yeah. That’s a no for me dawg! I respect the “I’ve got to do what’s best for me” mentality but the answer to that isn’t found in the Democrat party and the blame isn’t to be placed on the Republicans. The problem with the Republican Party is there’s too many of them that aren’t really Republicans.

I respect that you want to and are trying to feed your family. Kudos to you. However, without knowing or even pretending to know your circumstances, there are a lot of jobs out there that pays well above minimum wage.
JustDJ76 · 46-50, M
@RedBaron I see them as patriotic but that’s what great about America, we can disagree and not be offended. Well that used to be the case.
RedBaron · M
@JustDJ76 It is with me. I am not offended.
@JustDJ76 [quote]The problem with the Republican Party is there’s too many of them that aren’t really Republicans. [/quote] NICE!

The "No True Scotsman" fallacy! I haven't seen that one in a while!!
PatKirby · M
Credit for trying but a solid no. The party of Rinos is busy getting its ass handed to them, and if you're honest with yourself you know why. Now excuse me while I go make another donation to the Re-Elect Trump campaign.


With friends like that, who needs enemas.[/center]
Welcome to the party, Not cynically either. It's good when people see reason and the light.

I myself find myseslf continually blown away by vast hordes of people who seem deadset convinced whats good for the goose is good for the gander so to speak and what I mean is those who can't mentally process that the company they work for and they themselves might have finanical interest that are something of a zero sum game where the more your employer wins the more you lose and the more they lose the more you benefit.

Workers often seem convinced whats good for the company they work for is good for them personally and yet we know that isn't always the case in the democraatic party.

also though while I welcome you i would point out that the other side tends to vote red for reasons having little to nothing to do with the economy, it's all guns and god over there in the republican party.

Obama said they cling to god guns and religion and then walked it back but it was true. Every time politicans are honest it's like they end up having to apologize for speaking the truth because the truth offends certain segments of the population.
Burnley123 · 41-45, M
Throughout the world, the right uses 'culture war' issues to divide people and to get ordinary working-class people to vote for parties and support institutions that actively work against their interests.

They will say that the woke elite is screwing you, they will wrap themselves in the flag and say that immigrants are stealing your jobs. Then they cut taxes for the wealthy and slash welfare programs that people (of all creeds and colours) badly depend on.

Trump and other right-wing populists are actually correct in what they tell people are some of the problems. Free-market capitalism has been for the working class. International Finance really is outsourcing jobs. However, not only do they fail to deal with these problems, they pursue policies that actually make things worse.
The ole saying goes.
If you’re not a liberal while you’re young- you got no heart.
If you’re not a conservative when you get older- you got no brain 🤓

Republican has lost all meaning.. it’s just a tribe at this point
HoraceGreenley · 56-60, M
Then you aren't paying attention. And that's a word salad
Prisoner1972 · 51-55, MVIP
@HoraceGreenley WTH are you talking about? Looks like the Texas chick blocked me. So she left a warm seat for you at the kids table. Now go finish her chicken nuggets.
HoraceGreenley · 56-60, M
Human1000 · M
I’m a moderate Democrat, which means I get crap from every side. Welcome to the club!
heavyone2 · 61-69, M
"Rich Men , North of Richmond".
Kids on WIC? Mothers use WIC. Nursing moms especially. It feeds moms.
That's why I'm skeptical of the "view" here.
@Prisoner1972 yup. And people who used it sound utterly different from you. That's my point.
Liar means you are politically conservative.
Prisoner1972 · 51-55, MVIP
@Roundandroundwego I've done most of the talking. I need you to tell me more . So go ahead tell me more...
Prisoner1972 · 51-55, MVIP
@Roundandroundwego so it looks like I left you speechless. Now you go sit over there at the kids table with that Texas chick.
GeistInTheMachine · 31-35, M
Republicans are a lot smarter than Democrats, because they really know how to screw people and make them line up for and love it.

Of course, it helps that they're an American political party.
SilkandLace2 · 41-45, M
@GeistInTheMachine kinda sounds like the current administration,
TrashCat · M
The republican party does not represent the lower and middle class or minorities
JustDJ76 · 46-50, M
@TrashCat Neither does the Democrats.
TrashCat · M
@JustDJ76 cope
JustDJ76 · 46-50, M
@TrashCat Yep. Do the best we can and hang on for the ride.
originnone · 56-60, M
I was a tea party type in the beginning. I think the idea really was fine initially. Then the wackos took that away too.....
Good for you. I’ve always been a Democrat because the GOP platform never represented the issues or values important to me.

But until the Tea Party and then MAGA it was just about different views. Now, however, Trump and his followers have divided the country like few things I’ve seen.
Carazaa · F
Equality is better than seeing extreme discrepancies in income that is for sure.
NativePortlander · 51-55
Don't blame Trump over your own failures in life.
Prisoner1972 · 51-55, MVIP
@NativePortlander people that feel demoralized tend to lash out against other people. Read Love Letter to America. I posted the link. The first phase of subversion is demoralization. And with an accusatory statement like you made, I sense that you are demoralized. And if you are demoralized you could be vulnerable to all different kinds of lies. So be careful of the lies you might have already fallen for, my friend.
Virgo79 · 61-69, M
Glad things are better for you now.

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