When RINOcracy.com began in 2013, I acknowledged several disagreements with the Republican Party. At the same time, I emphasized my Republican heritage:
I have been a Republican all my life. I recall (or possibly I just recall being told) that in 1940, at the age of five, I joined the family in listening to the Republican convention on the radio and added my small voice to the broadcast chorus of “We want Wilkie.” Several years later, as soon as I was eligible to vote, I became a registered Republican and have remained one ever since. Along the way, I served in the Nixon and Ford Administrations in various positions in the White House (including the Counsel’s Office) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Finally, after retiring to Cape Cod in 1995, I was elected to serve on a Republican Town Committee.
My aspiration was to support reform of the party from within: “RINOs let us unite and put our hides on the line to save our party from itself.” That aspiration may never have been quite realistic, but with the election of Donald Trump, it seems impossible for at least the foreseeable future. I have written extensively on the reasons why I believed Donald Trump to be unfit for the presidency, and while there is no point in reprising those comments here, I do not retract any of them and I am not content to remain in a party of which he is the head. Accordingly, I intend to withdraw from the Republican Party and RINOcracy.com will become “A Haven for Republicans in Exile.”
I underestimated Trump as a candidate and it is possible that I underestimate him as a president. His victory speech was calm and gracious, one small step on a very long road, and we shall see. I do not expect to oppose President Trump reflexively on everything he says and does—as too many of my fellow Republicans did in the case of President Obama. He should be given as much support as he earns from Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, including former Republicans. I will no longer claim that my support or disapproval is offered as a Republican, but I will retain the hope that one day the Republican Party will become an organization that I can rejoin with pride.
– Douglas M. Parker