I'm reading some wiki articles about republicanism, and most of it sounds really good. It's so completely different from the modern republican party that it makes me wonder why they even have the same name. Old republicans were against federalism and big government, but new republicans have lots of pork barrel projects like Reagan's Star Wars program, Nixon's War on Drugs, or Bush's Department of Homeland Security. Old republicans supported state and individual rights. New republicans are banning gay marriage, banning abortion, banning evolution, banning certain plants, banning freedom of speech, and banning whatever else some uneducated fundie disagrees with. They wreak of what Ben Franklin (republican) called tyranny of the majority. Old republicans like Thomas Jefferson played a big role in writing the constitution and declaration of independence. New republicans like Bush came up with the Patriot Act. Old republicans like Jefferson warned about standing armies being dangerous to liberty. New republicans like Reagan and Bush put more money into military spending than anyone in history. Why doesn't this party exist anymore?