I grew up poor, white trash in rural Idaho, surrounded by Mormons and red-necks. After high school I enlisted in the Marine Corps for the first Desert Storm, although I didn't see any action. I served four years, received a fair number of medals and awards for my exemplary service, and instead of re-enlisting, I was honorably discharged to pursue my own interests and desires. I moved to Colorado, attended college, got a job paying over $30k a year, and realized just how geared towards money and fear our civilization is. I felt disenchanted with society and as a result have wanted change. I'm very well read, educated, a critical thinker, compassionate, and I think that the most important things for human beings to attain are fellowship and love among all people, self-discovery, compassion, understanding, and peace. I'm a radical leftist with extreme views and yet it seems to me that Jesus and I share more in common than the evagelical right. I don't understand why anyone relates to the GOP for any reason other than simple greed and the fact that the GOP extorts the traditional family values of evangelical Christians. Could someone explain to me why they choose to be a member of the Republican party? Honestly, I don't understand and think that this kind of conversation will help me to perceive the GOP and its members with a more accurate perspective.