I've been a Democrat since I registered to vote.
The Scottish Socialist Party is the party I most consider myself a member of, but I'm a paid up member of the Scottish Nationalists, because I think they, as a major party, wll help break up the UK a hell of a lot quicker than a minor party like the Socialists could.
"I'll govern for all the ambitions of Scotland, and for all of the people who imagine that we can live in a better land. This party, the Scottish party, your party, carries your hope, and we shall carry it carefully, and make the nation proud."
Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, Scottish National Party
I'm a conservative-leaning libertarian, or maybe a libertarian-leaning conservative, when I'm not busy playing guitar or teaching armed and unarmed self-defense.
I maintain my membership in the Republican party so I can vote in the primaries and attempt to influence who runs.
In the general elections, I vote for whoever most closely represents my intrests and positions. In some cases this means Republican; in other cases I've had to go with Libertarian or Constitution Party; I'd vote for a relatively conservative/libertarian Democrat rather than some Republicans like Lindsey Graham.
Ideally, I'd like to see the Libertarian Party and Constitution Party holding the reins of government and fighting for their agendas... I think a synthesis of those two ideologies (with neither in full control, mind you) would benefit the USA. The problem is both of those parties can't seem to get their **** together and run viable candidates with a snowball's chance in Arizona.
I'll probably never live to see that happen, if it ever happens, so pragmatically I vote for whoever seems the least Statist.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
I am not ashamed to be a Republican. I am amused by the implication that I should be.
I believe the GOP would hugely benefit by the incorporation of certain libertarian principles if the two groups could somehow be prevailed upon to merge.
Knowing that any party needs moderates & minority groups (Black/Hispanic/etc) to win any future election, do you honestly feel the GOP is winning any over?
(I don't consider myself a strict Democrat but I have not had a real choice in nat'l elections in many years now. To me, the GOP no longer represent conservatives, they represent elderly, white, rural evangelicals & are a dying regional party, at this point)