Note: This message coming from a FORMER GOP member. When the GOP lost to Obama, I figured the party was finished. I'm now considering myself to be a Conservative Independent who has Constitution Party leanings.
I voted for Bush 1 in 1988 because he ran as Ronald Reagan Jr. But when the scope of his "Kinder, Gentler, Nation" bit meant a 25% reduction in Defense Spending, then (50 miles outside of Baghdad, and with Saddam Hussein in our sites) decided upon a cease-fire claiming the UN resolution was to "free Kuwait". I gave him the boot by voting for Perot. Even though Clinton won the election, Bush had not earned my vote.
On to part II