It took me years to become a Republican. I've always been conservative in my views but I'd never been interested in being a part of a political party.
My interest in partisan politics started with the advent of cable TV in Milwaukee and watching the Iran Contra and the Judge Bork hearings. They still didn't sway me to join the party, but the arrogance of Democrat's running those hearings turned me further away from that party.
The tipping point came when I ran for the Assembly and had to make a decision between being a Democrat or a Republican. As I looked at the platforms for each party it wasn't a difficult choice - I am a republican.
But not everything about being a Republican is ice cream and warm apple pie.
The problem is when we refuse to acknowledge the importance of those with different gifts and views. Those with the power are pleased with the way things are and those out of power demand and work for change.
Maybe we should talk some advice from Martin Luther,
"In Essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, love"