Abraham Lincoln wrote, "I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong." That means putting country ahead of party and conscience ahead of conformity. And that is why I am a FORMER Republican.
The excesses of McCarthyism and the extremes of the conservative movement have, over the years, led most reasonable people to roll their eyes when domestic political movements are said to be tainted by Communist influence. Crying wolf has one drawback, as the little boy in the fable found out the hard way: when a real wolf shows up, people aren't listening anymore.