Compromise, common sense and listening to all sides of an issue dont seem like countercultural values. Certainly, in the home I grew up in they werent. My parents belonged to separate political parties, and those values were part of the air I breathed.
But in my states Republican Party, such values have become increasingly difficult to find. And thats why Ive decided to leave the party.
I ran for office because I strongly believe that elected officials should serve the people they represent. They should take the time to hear from those on all sides of an issue and consider how peoples lives are affected by policies. I didnt see this from the incumbent, so I ran for a seat in the Kansas legislature.