Over the last 40 years of my life the Republican Party has positioned themselves as the party of Hyper-Patriotism, Pro-Constitution, Family Values, and Strong Christian Values.

In the last year I have watched them ignore, accept, and even approve of, interference in our democracy by a country that was considered an existential threat to the United States only a few years ago. Believing foreign powers over its own citizens, intelligence community, and the free press.

They have suddenly become willing to ignore questionable actions, and foreign financial influences on the President of the United States. They now encourage a tsunami of executive orders, mere months after decrying executive overreach.

The GOP knowingly nominated a man for President who openly eschews family values, brags about sexually assaulting women, makes overtly sexual comments about his own daughter, and looks upon marriage as nothing more than a temporary arrangement.

And finally, the Republican Party and its religious base have openly admitted that the teachings of Jesus Christ are merely talking points, easily ignored when the possibility of political gain becomes attainable.

In short, they have willingly disregarded everything they claimed to have stood for — Opting for the easy road that grants short-term political gain, instead of the persecution and struggle that comes from standing up for inconvenient principles.