Daniel Gulley Posted about 1 year ago Increasing voter turnout in primaries would dramatically improve the American system and result in more candidates with moderate positions. I would not say that I have attacked anyone. Rather I was debating Mr. Gilbert i.e putting forth premises in support of a conclusion. I don't think demanding reason and logical consistency is an attack. I have not "made it clear where I stand" but I will. I am a registered Republican and have been since I registered to vote at age 18. However I am obviously not like the tea party types who have come to exert great influence within the GOP. I am a moderate Republican one of the last of a dying breed. The way in which I differ from many of my fellow republicans and really many democrats is that I let reason and knowledge guide my vote regardless if that means I break from the parties platform. I believe that the first Amendment means that we cannot canonize the bible in our legal code. I am pro-gun. If they banned guns I would follow the ban but to do so it can not be an ordinary act of congress they must amend the constitution as the constitution demands. This is why the Brady bill was considered unconstitutional. Amending the constitution can only be done with a super majority 66% of both houses or of the various state legislatures). I also believe the GOP is on the wrong side of reason on climate change. Did I mention I live in Kentucky (BIG BLUE NATION)? Today 12/17/2012. In Lexington there was a huge thunderstorm with a lot of hail. If we are getting any precipitation this time of year it should be cold rain or snow. There's a lot more evidence for climate change but I have ranted enough there is scientific consensus. The point the contemporary GOP is on the wrong side of reason. Some dare I say are anti-intellectual (tea party). The GOP in the past could enter the public forum with reason and work together for the common good.