I've always been a Republican because I believe in limited government, freedom of the individual, the Bill of Rights (all 10 of them--the 2nd along with the 4th...and especially the forgotten 10th), and the Constitution (the spirit and the letter).
So when Republicans morph into another big-government, big-brother party, I have to cry foul. I never would have voted for Al Gore or John Kerry, but I have to say that George Bush has been a major disappointment in several key issues. (He's been strong on several key issues as well--for which I am grateful, but he's certainly a mixed bag. The net result is disappointment.)
A key disappointment is his support for surveillance over American citizens and control structures like the national id card called The REAL ID Act.
This link also shows his misplaced obsession with biometrics and the collection of personal information of innocent citizens.
When the Republicans undermine the nature of America by these kinds of measures, I wonder why I should be a Republican.
I've heard talk about smaller government all my life from this party.
The Republicans may have slowed down the rate of growth from time to time, but I've never seen the government become smaller.
Obviously, its all talk.
I guess George Bush's conservatism is "big hat, few cattle."