When Ronald Reagan famously stated that the US needs a revitalized, back-to-its-roots Republican party as opposed to a third party, what he said may have been partially true at that time.
Not that Reagan was all that Conservative; sure, he was pro-prosperity and all that, but he was not averse to playing the all-powerful national government game. In his last years (Around the same time that his mind was found to be failing), he advocated restricting magazine-fed semiautomatic rifles to government personnel.
It was also Reagan who played the money card to force states to adopt the minimum drinking age of 21, Nothing more clearly proves that the national government is taking in too much money than the act of withholding highway funds to force states to comply with what the elite wants. If they have money to withhold, then maybe they should be taking less money in the first place.
The electorate, although shot-out from the 60's and 70's, was far from ruined in his day. Today, the never ending campaign of the Left in Academia and the media, combined with the almost wholesale granting of citizenship to those who entered the country illegally, have created an enormous base of Leftist-minded residents who would have nothing short of a Socialist state.
-and the colleges keep pumping out more of them.
Now, Republicans, having grown timid of standing by Conservative and American principles, have again taken to throwing in their lot with the Liberals.
"As the gay marriage debate continues to heat up, prominent Republicans — and some surprising names at that — are emerging to voice their support for same-sex unions. Following a blistering loss in the 2012 presidential election, discussion about social issues, particularly gay rights, has emerged as a potentially-problematic area for right-of-center politicians. And in an era colored by increasing support for homosexual marriage, the pressure is mounting.
This week, more than 80 prominent Republicans, including top advisers to President George W. Bush, four former governors and two members of Congress signed a legal brief that proclaims gay people have the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution. The document will be submitted to the Supreme Court this week, where it is purportedly intended to add to the voices that will be heard during two upcoming gay rights cases, The New York Times reports."