Republicans are not even real Republicans these days. A Republican is supposed to be in support of the Republican system. However you see Republicans constantly spouting off about Democracy these days and not about protecting the Republic. Republicans were PRECISELY against Democracy. Thomas Jefferson, a staunch republican, was once quoted saying that Democracy is the tyranny of the majority (I believe cliff has this quote in this game).
So a real Republican is supposed to be a supporter of Constitutional Republicanism, not a democracy. There is a difference. A Constitutional Republic is supposed to be a very decentralized system of citizen representatives that are supposed to serve the interests of their constituency, protecting their constitutional rights and not be lapdogs for their “leader.” We have so many political party cronies today and you can barely tell the Republicans and Democrats apart anymore. The only way that real change will happen is if people collectively stop with this party loyalty to the “lesser of two evils” and start voting their conscience. Back in the day, ballot papers were blank apparently and you had to write in the name of the running candidate you want to vote for. Voting for a fellow citizen candidate to represent you was given much more importance back then. Even though political parties were always around, they didn’t have so much importance back then as now. Now many reps are just lapdogs to their party line (there are some reps that do stand out though I admit).