This is why I can no longer call myself a Republi-Con. Several times a month I drive to Ripon, WI and see the sign that proclaims it the “Birthplace of the Republican Party”. Every time I see that sign, I wonder to myself just where it died. And I think about the humble beginnings of a party that was once great. Ripon, you see, still has those old-fashioned conservative values. They still roll up the sidewalks by 10PM. They are not open on Sunday. But their conservative party has been hijacked, never to return. “Decepticons” is a fitting term for what passes as the GOP.