As a George HW Bush era young Republican, I suffered the slings and arrows of being a young conservative. After attending a top private liberal arts college and attending a 1st tier east coast law school (as well as coming out of the closet as a gay man), my views softened and I learned how to appreciate the liberal perspective.
After returning to Colorado, I dropped my liberal affiliation. As political independent (with some socially progressive leanings), I try to examine both sides of any political dust-up, but it's getting harder and harder to swallow what the Obama administration is trying to cram down our throats. The lack of vetting on behalf of the mainstream media for anyone (save Van Jones) has been abysmal. As a gay man, I'm tired of being taken for granted by the Democrats with the attitude "What are you going to do? Vote Republican?".
It was that attitude that helped draw me back. As a long time RedState lurker, I finally broke down and signed up for an account. The time to start participating is now. How can I help enlarge the GOP's Big Tent?