I registered as a Republican back in 2008 as I was trying to become a delegate for my candidate of choice in that year's election. Much like many things in my life back then, I had to put that on hold to get my trainwreck of my early twenties figured out.

That being said, I would like to point out that I'm still registered as one, even though I proudly haven't voted for a single Republican since the Big Orange Baby (B.O.B.) took office in 2017. My reason is simple: any public official that can still support a dirt bag the likes of the B.O.B. deserves no respect/votes from it's constituents. I can count the number of Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate that opposed this monster during his presidency on one hand. Of course, if you count the number of Republican lawmakers that opposed the B.O.B. pre-presidency and post-U.S. Capital terrorist attack, there's too many to mention.

There's no normal anymore thanks to the idiot occupying the White House for the next few days. At work I looked up at the TV a few times on Jan. 6, and am sad to say that the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol didn't surprise me at all.

The B.O.B. has desensitized me to this mayhem. I've seen firsthand the blind loyalty of his most ardent supporters as I've lost the company of a few good friends who have been duped by this madman. So when he attacks our democratic process for the months leading up to his inevitable loss, of course his supporters are going to get their flag capes in a tizzy.

It also doesn't help that he primed the swarming mob with another one of his gong-show rallies filled with lies of election fraud prior to the certification at the People's House. I don't consider these friends bad people, but we can't have a civilized conversation about politics or social issues anymore. Any statement made that contradicts their cult leader is instantly vainly refuted with the "radical left" or classic "fake news" claim. This delusion that the man who lies nonstop and hates everything except for money and himself is somehow godly or patriotic is the fault of every lawmaker who stayed silent throughout this nightmare.

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Hopefully this lack of normalcy brought on by the B.O.B. cult will fade. Hopefully this new administration is able to help us heal. Hopefully one day we can get back to having factually-based discussions about reproductive rights, gun rights, the Electoral College, ethics commissions, cannabis legalization, renewable energy, health care, etc... I hope that one day I can respect the Republican Party again.

Dave Vacha lives in Fargo.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.