authoritarianism does not equal socialism and that Obama won't be bringing us close to anything socialist or authoritarian. And I will just assume that you weren't equating your left/right spectrum with the spectrum used in politics.
I agree with your direction of the Republican party though.
There is a difference from someone who is dumb enough to vote for Obama, but they really do like him, and people who don't like McCain but don't have the principles to not vote for him. They are both bad in different ways.
I agree that people who vote for someone just because of their party are harmful voters though, which puts alot of Republicans who voted for McCain under that catagory too.
It is worth pointing out that as Gabriel Kolko and Murray Rothbard showed it was sections of big business that were actually behind the drive for things like the progressive era reforms.
"It is written in the eternal constitution that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." - Edmund Burke
Many of us McCain voters have very high principles. We are just not stupid enough to sit home when faced with the prospect of a president like Obama.
Had we stayed home, Obama's "mandate" would have been even greater and lord knows what we might be facing now!
The spectrum was not my invention and, I believe, merely for illustrations sake. The line could have been vertical, diagonal or squiggly. The point was to illustrate that both parties have drifted (or consciously moved) to a point far from what the founders envisioned. And there ain't a dime's worth of difference between them when it comes to the power of the federal government.
The states have sit back idly by and let the federal government take powers that were enumerated to the states in the Constitution. Unless we get that horse (which has been loose in the pasture for 100 years) back in the barn, we're going to keep getting the crappy government that we have now.
One solution I have heard is the repeal of the 16th amendment (the income tax). The idea is to starve the beast. This would require two-thirds of the states (electors be damned) to call for a constitutional convention. It's never been done, but maybe now is the time.