I have been a Republican since I was 18 years old except for a brief period between 2002 and 2006 when I was a member of the Libertarian Party. When I came back to the GOP I was treated like a traitor and still get snide comments even today from members of the GOP. There are plenty of former Democrats that have joined our party and some have even been elected to office and hold positions in party leadership. This letter isn’t about that but I did feel the need to just get it off my chest while I was writing.
The GOP won both houses in NC in 2010 and it was a sweet victory. I was excited about what all could be done and was looking forward to some much needed change in NC. It didn’t take me long to realize that what we had was just more of the same. The economy is still in shambles and our Legislators found it more important to discuss same sex marriage and not letting teachers pay their union dues via payroll deduction. Personally I care more about the economy and my tax rate than I do if two men get married and teachers join a union. My family comes first and I must provide for them. By letting two people of the same sex enter into a contractual agreement does not harm my family in any way but the extra $120 that I am going to be forking over in new gas taxes will. I am also ashamed and disappointed in the way the new regime handled the redistricting. For as long as I can remember the GOP always wanted a non-partisan or bi-partisan committee to work on redistricting. As soon as they had control all of a sudden that was a “bad idea”. They campaigned on drawing fair and impartial districts but from the look of it they just did what the Democrats have been doing for the last 100 years. This year everyone of them is up for re-election and will be asking us to send them back to Raleigh. As of right now I don’t have a reason to send them back to Raleigh and unless they do something in the up coming session to fix the broken economy I will be casting a vote for every Libertarian candidate I can.