It seems Republicans have shed any vestiges of conservatism, and have become outright imperialists, who uphold the power of the federal government. This transformation has been occurring since Nixon, but it finally now seems complete. Its good we have finally acknowledged we are an empire, but... Now my question is, am I the only one the Republicans scare the hell out of? They have already made a mockery of the bill of rights; they mistakenly place the future in the hands of free trade (which is becoming problematic with S America hating us, and the Chinese obviously looking to top us); they are bankrupting our country and yet we havent received any benefits of this largess--the problems of health care, education, outsourcing, poverty, have gotten worse, and funding in these programs has been cut; they have criminally led our country into a war it cannot win--well its essentially a civil war now; they are supporting torture; they use the same old jingoistic politics of terror baiting, abortion, and gays to scare the hell out of most of our ignorant population; and they are terribly terribly corrupt, and laugh about it. Isnt it time liberals, moderates, and conservatives stand together and do something before our future becomes even dimmer, and more of our rights disappear? I really want to hear some Republicans on this. I have had arguments with Republican friends that are making ridiculous arguments supporting the war, torture, and suspension of civil liberties. I know Republicans dont actually address these issues, because they know how ridiculous they sound.