Discussing his past, he reminisces his admiration for the principles the Democratic Party held to and recalls the Democratic leadership of presidents like John F. Kennedy.
“I’m a Democrat. I’ve been a Democrat my entire life,” Piscopo said in his article. “I used to utter those two sentences with pride and would shout them from the highest rooftops. Now, I’m almost embarrassed to say those words.”
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Piscopo admits he can no longer see the Democratic Party representing the the values he once commended and respected.
“I can’t continue to call myself a Democrat,” Piscopo confessed.
Although he spends time volunteering as a spokesman for the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey, he notes that not a single Democrat in Washington “cares enough about the great inner cities of this country to help those in dire distress from poverty and crime.” He says the situation in those cities is far more severe than the ones illegal aliens are escaping from.
“In my home state, if I can walk the streets of Camden to try to help the disenfranchised, why can’t the Democrat in the White House walk the South Side of his hometown and do the same?” Piscopo asked. “In terms of caring for the working class, it seems as though Democrats are more interested in catering to the special interests, such as the trial lawyers, lobbyists and George Soros who fund their campaigns — rather than fighting for small-business relief to allow a higher minimum wage or (God forbid) middle-class tax relief.”
Piscopo explains another reason he’s leaving the Democrat Party, an area he finds “most disheartening,” is the “Democrats’ weak commitment to strong defense and maintaining America’s place in the world,” calling the current administration “inept when it comes to crises like Benhgazi, and weak at the knees when it comes to protecting our strongest Middle Eastern ally, Israel.
Piscopo asked where the “larger-than-life figures” have disappeared to, the people who inspired the next generation, writing that the Democrat Party has left him and he regrets having to make his decision to cut ties.
Although he says he is not entirely ready to take the step into Republican territory “yet,” he admits he is rooting for them in the midterm elections – a first for the actor.
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“When I met President Reagan, I felt inspired,” Piscopo recalls. “I want to feel inspired again. Like Reagan, I think the time has come for me to leave the party I’ve been a member of my entire life – not because I want to leave it, but because it has already left me.”
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