Do I still call myself a Republican?
A passionate Bush critic on his radio show and now on the Huffington Post, confronts misperceptions about his motives...Cenk Uygur is a lifelong Republican: "Many of the responses I have received to my posts lately have started with the premise that I am a partisan. The supposition is that I want to bring down the Bush administration because I am a liberal Democrat.
Well, hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the funny thing Ã¢â‚¬â€œ IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been a life-long Republican. I just happen to care more about my country than I do about my party.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not a Zell Miller like pretender, a Democrat posing as a Republican. I supported Ronald Reagan (though I understand that he had many faults). I voted for and whole-heartedly supported Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and to this day continue to support Ã¢â‚¬â€œ George H.W. Bush. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m against affirmative action, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a fiscal hawk and I held pro-war rallies during the first Persian Gulf War.
...do I still call myself a Republican after all this?
Hell no. I care too much about my country to put a political party over the interests of our nation. Could there come a time again when I go back to supporting Republicans? Of course. When they go back to representing what we used to believe in and when they go back to representing the ideals of this country.
Until then, I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not only crazy but un-patriotic to support these Republicans." (Huffington Post)