Tom Tancredo, the grandson of Italian immigrants, and a Reagan appointee, has been a lifelong conservative. His political career took hold when he was a junior high school history teacher and won a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives. Later, Tancredo was elected to the U.S. Congress, where he served ten years. In addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 2007 he confronted the issue of illegal immigration, which he has steadfastly opposed, with these words:
“If you want to call me a single-issue candidate, that’s fine, just so long as you know that my single issue is the survival and the success of the conservative movement in America.”
If this sounds like an obituary, don’t be alarmed. It is not one for Tom Tancredo — though it is the precursor of one for the Republican Party — which continues to betray its promises to conservatives.
His thought-provoking article, “I’m quitting the GOP,” posted at Breitbart is a must read. Tancredo pondered whether the Republican Party leadership still believes in the principles of smaller government, individual rights, fiscal responsibility, and free enterprise and concluded the answer is “no.”
Read his article and the issues that caused him to decide “it is time to end my affiliation with the Republican Party.” Tom Tancredo, a decades long conservative icon and fighter for our causes, echoes the frustration many of us feel, as we watch what he calls “the downward spiral of the Party of Lincoln and Reagan into the Party of Democrat Lite.”
Expressing strong discontent with the unacceptable status quo, Republicans have dropped the once considered inevitable presidential contender and establishment choice Jeb Bush in favor of two political outsiders. Business mogul Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson have continued to surge in every national poll.
We are clearly weary of double-talking, pandering to illegals, amnesty proponents, and are looking in new directions for leadership as we see our country collapsing. Thinking Republicans realize we are running out of time.