They accuse the Dems of being "tax-and-spend", and they're right, but the Reps are "charge-and-spend" and just as bad.
If, when defending your support for Donald Trump, and your response is,
"But but but... HILLARY!!!", then you lost the argument before you even began.
I voted Republican for about a decade. I guess if anything I was closer to being an "establishment" Republican. I quit the Republican party before the Tea Party took over but the writing was on the walls. I was never a social conservative or listened to Rush but I grew up in a Republican household and had a subscription to the National Review. A good friend of mine bought me "The Conservative Mind" for my birthday. Pretty much all my friends around my age that were Republican or sympathetic to Republican views have been completely turned off by the politics and policies on the right for the past decade.
There was always a hint of pretty reptilian brain stuff the Republican party used to get people to the polls but now it's become the defining feature of the party.
“Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.” John Maynard Keynes
When I was in my teens, I thought absolutely I was a Democrat because that is what my mother claimed. As I became an adult and learned more about the issues and that there were so many issues out there, I realized I didn't really fit with any affiliation. Just too many issues where I don't agree with the people in the parties on.
"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.
I went Conservative to Communist to Libertarian to Liberal, then to being a moderate Liberal.
"Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough."
I haven't changed, just gone from one end to the other.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. ~Plato
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump