We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
They liked JFK, probably because he was Catholic (in name, anyway). They still refuse to hear anything about what decadent, manipulative and predatory sleazes that family consists of. Glamour. Rich. Sexy. Low-lifes. Catholic. Dem Party.
My family too are former Irish Catholic democrats. It seems about 1980, the Democrats started leaving us. I went to the caucuses(in Iowa) for John Glenn. The leaders practically laughed us out of the building when I pointed out how strong Reagan was and the only way to succeed was to go conservative as well.
It really started with abortion though. The Democrats treat it as a Holy Sacrament. (I meant to use caps.) They would go into screeching rages if you even hinted you might think a little different. Those in control of the Democrats really became shrill and hateful to dissenting opinions. It was Marxian/bolshevikian in their intolerance and vindictiveness.
I was of the party of Scoop Jackson and Sam Nunn. I didn't leave the Democrats, I was driven out. I found a home with the Republicans, who were closer to my ethos than what the Democrats had become. ( I still have some reservations, but when I look at our senate candidates in Iowa I see a rich trial lawyer vs. a farm mom/veteran. Who is closer to the middle class values?)
We were raised that Rebublicans were the rich, arrogant, country-club snobs. I find it ironic that it is the Democratic party that is now the party of the wealthy elite who think they are our (much) betters and seek to control our lives.
In contrast, I left the Republican party over "social" issues such as an individual woman's right to choose abortion, and the unceasing efforts of the religious right to make Christianity the de-facto official religion of the U.S. despite the Constitution's guarantee of government neutrality on religion.
I regard unwanted children as a major long-term contributor to crime and poverty, and support private organizations such as Planned Parenthood that provide contraception and even abortion as a least-desirable alternative. Even though I don't regard abortion as "murder," I have sufficient respect for the opinions of people who do that I join them in opposing the use of tax funds or mandatory health insurance policies to fund abortions.
Also, I support relatively progressive taxes that most Republicans oppose despite their ability to pay for them -- especially to finance the military preparedness that most Republicans claim to support. But at the same time I oppose pet Democratic schemes for wealth transfer to favored constituencies, such as high minimum wages and knee-jerk support of unions.