"It was the Republican Party that demolished the shining city on the hill my father built. It was the Republican Party that was 100 percent responsible for the end of the Reagan Revolution...[T]he Republican Party abandoned the trail leading to that shining city on the hill to become itself a quasi-Left-wing organization which looks at the Democrats’ welfare programs and says 'me too'."
Michael Reagan
son of former president Ronald Reagan
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 -- Steve Luth, Orangevale      
The people with the money saw even more socialism coming either with Obama or McCain. So they got out of the stock market. That is the main reason for the stock market collapse. There should have been no bailouts. Let Capitalism take care of it. My next car will be a Ford. I will not buy a car from a company run by incompetent socialists.
 -- Andrew Jason, Hialeah, FL     
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    The Republican Party has lost it's way. I identify myself as a libertarian now!
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    I'm with you, cal. When repubs act like democrats, they lose, something they never seem to realize.
     -- jim k, austin     
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    What a joke... again, not worth commenting - now if it was a serious comparison, that's another story.
     -- RBESRQ     
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    What can I say? I agree with Andrew, Cal, & Jim.
     -- Marilyn S., Denver City     
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     -- Erik, Liberty, MO      
    Since there are no other parties that represent me anymore...I'll go Libertarian and stick to Constitutional values.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    unfortunate, true, gona change or we are done.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    George Wallace was right: "THere's not a dime's worth of difference between the Republicans and Democrats!" Maybe there once was, but not any more.
     -- Marv Graham, West Columbia, SC     
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    The Democratic and Republican party are, by and large, both owned by the same people. Audit the Fed! A return to Constitutional constraints will put big Federal government out of business.
     -- Scott, Hawaii     
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     -- Christy, New Boston, MI      
    Reagan was wrong with his poetry about a shining city on a hill. I mean what is that all about if not some socialist pie in the sky concept, is it any different than LBJ's Great Society? Regan was wrong about most things that is why the Republican party (which is not a real party anyway) failed to defend Reagans tacky poetic construction. The Republican party as far as we can tell has ceased to exist or has become totally dysfunctional, hell they have Sarah don't they? They deserve their fate just like Reagan's poetry and his leading us into massive debt deserve to be eternally lambasted.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    Look to the Council on Foreign Relations for the corruption of both political parties. Both parties are in collusion with plans for world government in which the Americans will have surrendered all their sovereign powers so that they may join their debilitated comrades in other countries. If you want to know who is hand-picking the candidates for election, it is the CFR. Ron Paul probably is the best Republican in office, and the party wanted nothing to do with him. Libertarians are not 'party men,' that's the reason Libertarianism is not well embraced by Democrats and Republicans alike. The best way to rule people is to keep them squabbling over petty issues so that the politicians and those to whom they are beholden can raid the Treasury. Reagan didn't give us the debt, the Democratic Congress did and all those that voted for entitlements and subsidies.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    I DIDN'T leave the Republican Party; the party left me.
     -- bruski, Naples FL     
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    It takes the Republican Party to implement failed Democratic Party programs.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The flies of socialism, surround all things that stink. After the war of aggression against the Southern Independents, socialist elites spread their garbage to all corners of government. The " Grand Old Party " is anything but grand. Cleaning house starts when you walk through the door !
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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