Why so many have flocked to the republican party can be summed up easily. The republican party has a recent history of segregating not only through color of skin but by gender and economic status. So what has occurred is a split in the fabric of our society along the lines of hatred and ignorance. Listen up folks, our society is in jeopardy of being blown apart from within by forces that are not honorable nor noble. It is a cancerous type disease that has spread because the republican party will not deny it's affiliation with it. I can understand conservatism as a cautious approach at modernity and progress. That is well and good. Yet that is not what is being practiced by conservatives these days. Instead we are getting a regressive philosophy that is denying modernity and progress as to institute a class based society.
That means our democracy is being destroyed so that a more plutocratic/theocratic society will emerge. One where the wealthy and the powerful make the decisions for the rest of us and base their decisions on a hybrid theological understanding. Gone will be the one citizen one vote. Gone will be freedom of choice and the freedom of speech. What we are heading for with the republican party is a control that many are clueless to it's burgeoning and culpable fruition.