I'm an independent and don't belong to any political party. Because I'm a constitutional conservative, I more closely identify with the Republican and Libertarian parties. I wouldn't vote for a Democrat with a gun pointed at my head and electrodes attached to my manly parts.

Lately, I've been finding that I'm increasing finding myself further and further from identifying with the Republican Party as well. I feel like I would need to hold my nose to pull the lever for almost everyone with an (R) after their name. I can count on one hand the Republicans that I identify with: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Ron Paul (most of the time), Allen West (most of the time), and Sarah Palin.

Palin has signaled that she is receptive to starting a new party if the GOP continues to abandon its principles. Once-relied upon stalwarts of conservative ideals like Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan have backpedaled on such issues as immigration and taxation. At a time when our nation is struggling with high unemployment, explosive debt, spiraling terrorism and a decline in American exceptionalism, one would think that giving more attention and money to people who aren't even citizens would be low on the importance scale.

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The American people do not want amnesty, no matter what it is called. When our government wants to legalize people already wrongly in this country, it's nothing like immigration reform. It's rewarding illegal activity. Immigration reform means securing the border, creating a demand- and selective-based entrance requirements, and kicking out people here illegally.

We hear about all the talk of how financially prohibitive it would be to just deport millions of illegals, but we ignore how economically prohibitive it would be to legalize millions of people that rely on government assistance for their survival.

The majority of the illegal aliens in this country are low wage, low skill laborers. Under our current tax system, these people would immediately take in billions of dollars in tax money and put nothing back into the system. Sure, there will be some that will contribute to the pot of public money, but nowhere near what is needed to balance out the scales.

Unfortunately, we have a spineless Republican party populating the halls of congress and they show it through their repetitive votes for things like the NDAA, Patriot Act, and other unconstitutional legislation.

That we are hearing people like Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and many others talking about abandoning the GOP should raise eyebrows throughout this country. While a split of the Republican Party would give millions of Americans a home in a party that shares their beliefs, it would practically ensure that the Democrat party wins at least the next two election cycles. There wouldn't be enough conservative independents like me to sway the political wind towards a Freedom Party sweep. Sure, we'd win some districts and get some candidates into office, but with whom would we caucus? And can we afford to have Democrats in control of our country for the next ten years?

Unfortunately, I think that's the unfortunate price we'd have to pay to right this ship that is so far off course. We have to start somewhere. The Republicans are lost and we can't change it from within. Again, there are people that sound good and vote right, but there aren't enough of them. I personally can't wait for the opportunity to jump onto the Freedom Party ship.

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