There, I said it.
I've been thinking about it awhile, I took into consideration that this might let some of my friends down. This isn't something that I just decided because I'm mad about how the Libya situation went down. I was energized in 2010 with the Tea Party's rise and the return to constitutional conservatism and true limited government. Two years later we have continued to nominate good candidates down ballot, but for some reason we cannot get this presidential thing right. I think Mitt Romney is a good and genuine man, but I believe he will be a complete disaster for conservatism as president, just as he is proving to be as a candidate. I've never trusted him to begin with on every issue from spending to abortion. He wants to be president so badly, it unnerving.
I was orginally going to keep this private but I thought that would be disingenious and dishonest. But please, don't take this as some pathetic woe-is-me story where the GOP has left me,yadda yadda yadda. Something I've learned over the last few years is that we shouldn't be beholden to parties, they should be beholden to us. Just because you vote one way one election, your vote in the next should never be assumed or taken for granted. I also don't fall for the canard that voting third party is a vote for Obama. This is a free country, we should be allowed to express ourselves politically in whatever form we want. The lesser of two evils is still two evils. I still believe in many of the Tea Party candidates, I still am a strong supporter of AG Cuccinelli, and I look forward to doing my little part in pushing the party toward the libertarian/constitutional conservative side, and part of that is refusing to vote for terrible candidates who I don't believe in.
Politics has become about the parties. What I love about the Tea Party is that they have put forth strong candidates, individuals who care more about their principles rather than loyalty to the party. The entire goal these days seems to be to frame every issue to the next election. We have gridlock not because the parties split Congrss, but rather because political leadership in this country is focused solely on the acquisition of power in a way that we have never seen before. It is harder and harder for individual congressmen and senators to stand up on their own without the money that flows through the political parties. Its why I believe Citizens United was a great decision, it took money out of the parties and lets it flow openly.
For the record, the breaking point did not come from Romney, but rather from Reince Preibus:
"Obama sympathizes with attackers in Egypt. Sad and pathetic."
That was disgusting.