This LTE to CSM is a common theme-In regard to the Dec. 17 article, “Young Republicans seek a new kind of party”: I voted Republican in 1996, 2000, and 2004, but not in 2008, because I was finally fed up with the ever-increasing influence of the religious right on the Republican Party – especially on issues such as abortion, stem-cell research, and gay marriage.

If the GOP returned to affirming individual rights, limited government, and fiscal responsibility, then I would be glad to support it again.

But as long as they support the toxic “social conservative” agenda of the religious right, then they will continue to alienate many young and independent voters and lose elections. And deservedly so. ”

One can only wonder how powerful and great the GOP and this country would be if only they hadn’t jumped in bed with the religious right in the 1980s. The GOP will continue to lose until they fully understand the follly of this unpopular move.