I have repeatedly said that I am a fiscal conservative and a social liberal. I believe that government should not spend more than it takes in. I do not believe that the Federal government should not get involved in lifestyle issues like gay marriage and abortion. For the longest time, the Republican party was the one that more closely represented my views, because they were the party of fiscal responsibility.
During Reagan's administration, the Republican Party became the home of the American Religious Right, or Jesustanis. I switched over to the Libertarian party, because the Democrats are not about fiscal responsibility. They are the entitlement party, and as a white male, I am the source of the entitlements and not deserving of any of my own as well as the source of all of society's ills.
It seems I'm not the only one disillusioned with the Republican Party. According to this CNN story, 4 out of ten Americans view the Republican party favorably, and as the elections are approaching, party officials are worried. Twenty-five persent of Americans identify themselves as Republicans, where 33% percent identify themselves at Democrats. When you factor in independent voters, 36% vote Republican and 50% vote Democrat.
It sure would be nice if the two behemoths would change election laws to allow third parties access to election funds. But it is not in their self-intrest to allow competition. I would love to see a Libertarian take a shot at running the country. But, since that isn't going to happen, I support Ron Paul, mostly for his fiscal stance.
As I told one of my Ron Paul friends, I haven't tilted at any windmills since Kinky ran for governor.