October 19th, 2008


The world has changed. . . And we are forced to change with it.

Most people who know me well know my own political leanings. I'm one of those idealistic Republicans of the old guard: less spending, laissez-faire attitudes toward business, strong military, and government that stays as far away from my personal life as possible.

I know I'm not the only one who can't seem to find a Grand Old Party to carry my standard.

The Chicago Trib's endorsement explains my own excitement for Obama rather well, I noticed today:

Chicago Tribune endorses their first Democrat ever.

The old GOP just isn't very grand anymore, is it? It's less that Obama is great, and more that he's an animal that some of us who have a fond remembrance of loyalty to the Republican machine can understand.

The government in recent years has started to strip my civil rights away from me, allowing more invasive searches, wire-tapping, and even torture. After inheriting a huge government surplus, the Republicans, of all people, were the ones who squandered it.

When the government entered my bedroom (despite the fact that I wasn't doing anything they found . . . untoward. . .), that was the last straw. By entering my bedroom, they entered my religion: any attempt to legally define a religious institution is strictly prohibited by the constitution.

How can we understand any of that? I'm not sure. But at least I understand a big-spendin' liberal. And, to be honest, I don't really care if his optimistic talk of change is empty or full. . . In the end, it is change. myrch made the point this morning that the GOP has become two parties, and he's right: they have.

I simply no longer identify with what the Grand Ol' Party has become, and there's no way I can continue to support what it is now.