Most people don't know the history of the two parties, but when it was founded, the Republican party WAS the liberal, progressive, common sense and open-minded political party in this country. It was the Democrats who were reactionary, close-minded and conservative.
Oh how times have changed. The roles have of the two parties have switched. Nowadays, the GOP can't win by focusing on the issues anymore. So they have to cozen to win. They resort to keeping a certain segment of the populace from voting (as the Democrats did with the pole tax in the South after the Civil War.) And they use the fallacy of 'ad hominem' to attack their adversaries, because they can't win on the issues. (Witness the attack on Stacey Abrams in this thread...perfect example.) And they keep us divided, because they know if we ever unite, their control is over. Sad, sad, sad.
It amazes me, the ignorance of the people in this country. Saddens me too. Ignorance ain't bliss when it come to politics and gambling. You need to get the facts before you make a bet. Likewise, you need to get the facts before you take a side in this mess called American politics.
I get a chuckle when I hear these dead red Republicans bloviate about their conservative point of view. In the old sense, they are as Democrat as it gets. Funny!
I am a die hard independent, free thinker to the core. I don't like either party. The only reason I hold my nose and vote Democrat is that the Republicans are on the wrong side of the issues. The are wrong on climate change. It's happening. They are wrong on health care. Health care is not a free market enterprise. The supply side controls the health care market; the demand side (that's you and me) gets the economic shaft. That is why health care needs to be regulated. Purely economic. Any economic that can't be controlled by the free market needs to be socialized.
Here's a good read written by Stuart Stevens, a guy from Mississippi who was on the inside of the Republican Party for years. I know young people don't read anymore but maybe some of the older folks still do.