Why not stay in the Republican Party and try to change it from within? It’s reasonable to consider, but I don’t think it is possible.
Barry Goldwater couldn’t win a Republican primary today. A principled conservative like Jeff Flake decided that he couldn’t either.
The Republican Party has abandoned its tethering philosophy and surrendered its moral authority because it wanted to stay in power. I want no part of it. The party of limited government has sold its soul to enjoy the power of government. History has never been kind to those who made such a treacherous bargain.
I have the option of running as an independent. Frankly, it suits me and would be a lot of fun.