A Republican is one who values the legacy of the American Revolutionaries: “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
“I believe with you that morality, compassion, generosity are innate elements of the human constitution; that there exists a right independent of force; that a right to property is founded in our natural wants, in the means with which we are endowed to satisfy these wants, and the right to what we acquire by those means without violating the similar rights of other sensible beings; that no one has a right to obstruct another exercising his faculties innocently for the relief of sensibilities made a part of his nature; that justice is the fundamental law of society; that the majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest, breaks up the foundations of society; that action by the citizens in person, in affairs within their reach and competence, and in all others by representatives chosen immediately and removable by themselves, constitutes the essence of a republic…”
Sean Hannity often declares, “I am not a Republican. I am a Conservative.” Many Conservatives have invaded the Republican Party because they have been rejected by America. Their resurgence in 2009 was defeated by NY-23rd. Recently, they have been defeated by Mississippi: MS rejected that life begins at conception.
Libertarians, like Ron Paul, have also invaded the Republican Party for the same reason. The Libertarian Party, whose founding principle is anarchism, has been rejected by America.
Democrats, like Ronald Reagan and Rick Perry, have conquered the Republican Party. Other Democrats, without joining the Republican Party, are admired by Conservatives who have invaded the Party: Newt Gingrich is a big fan of Franklin Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.
Americans: Can you keep a Republic?