That is the big question I have floating around right now. At both the state and national levels of government I helped to elect Republicans to every office in 2016.
At the state level they control the Iowa House, the House Senate, and we even have a sitting Republican governor as well. This is after a long period of Democratic control of our state senate.
At the national level we have a Republican majority in the House and Senate. And after 8 years a Republican President in the White House.
Yet at both of these levels the Republicans have failed time and time again on their campaign promises. They have failed to move forward on the agenda that got them elected. They have failed to pass legislation that was symbolically passed or even have voting repressed under the previous terms.
The Republican party is the dominate party currently. Placed by the Will of the People to act on our behalf. And they have failed us. They have failed We the People that elected them to office.
Was all the gesturing in the past 8 years just for show? Both the US House and US Senate passed a total repeal of Obamacare just a couple of years ago. Knowing it wouldn’t be signed by President Obama. But now they cannot pass the same legislation and get it to President Trump’s desk?
Of course they could if they really wanted to do so. But they are part of that swamp that needs drained. The Republican Party is to blame as much as the Democratic Party. The Republicans wont pass the same bills they passed before because they know President Trump will sign it. And that might impact their power, wealth, and prestige.
Even in my own state the Republican party fails to pass legislation they said would pass if they had a majority. Well the people of Iowa gave you that majority. And you have failed us again.
So as a Republican that has been betrayed by the party at every level. Why should I stay a part of it? I am certainly not suggesting joining the Democrats, as that party is far worse at betrayal than the GOP. And they are no where near or compatible with my worldview.
There are some 3rd parties that I could join. But they lack funding and aren’t taken very seriously by most. They are at best a fringe group and at worst a near cult.
I could just become an independent in name and party. Even joining a 3rd party in Iowa, I would be considered an independent on my voter registration. I would also not be part of the mainstream caucus process and be shunned by those party elitists. Not truly a bad thing really though.
These are just things to think about. I need to decide if I should stay with the GOP and hope and pray for the future of the party. Or jump from the sinking ship.