I have voted republican since the 80's. (caveat later)
The event that galvanized me:
We were buying a house in the 80's and a 30 year mortgage was
16-3/4%. My wife and I had been married 3 years and had been
good MMM'ers, we had about $25K saved and in those high interest days it was
earning about $2.5k a year.
Our income was low, in the $18k range.
The state I was in had a subsidized mortgage program with 9% mortgage rates.
I had applied, and was denied because my income was to high, yep, by about $2k.
So if we had not tried to get ahead by living frugal and saving all we could, the government would help. If I had bought a new car, drank beer and ate out several times a week, yee old government would be right there to help.
I ended up with a 13-3/4% mortgage with a 3 year balloon payment.
It's been 32 years, and I still say government programs can go F%$& themselves.
As to voting republican, I'm probably more libertarian.
But I'll vote republican because, a libertarian vote is wasted, no chance to win.
I want small government, I'm pro-choice but don't think it's a good choice.
Stop putting people in jail for drugs. I think we need borders, 30 years ago!
Married to a legal immigrant, and think they actually make a America better.
I think if you don't have it together enough to get a photo ID, you don't have what it takes to make an informed vote. If you are on welfare, I don't think you should be able to vote yourself more welfare.
And with that I'll go get my fire extinguisher.
Edit to add the libertarian platform.https://www.lp.org/platform