Louisiana State Senator, Elbert Guillory, explains why he switched from the Democratic to the Republican party:

Very powerful:

"At the heart of Liberalism is the idea that only a great and powerful government can be the benefactor of social justice for all Americans.  But the left is only concerned about one thing: control.  And they disguise this control as charity.  Programs such as welfare, food stamps, these programs aren't designed to lift black Americans out of poverty; they were always intended as a mechanism for politicians to control the black community.

The idea that blacks, or anyone for that matter, need the government to get ahead in life is despicable.  And even more important, this idea is a failure."

Compare this with the late United States Senator from Pennsylvania, Arlen Specter, when he announced his switch to the Democratic party:

Specter begins his remarks:

"I was unwilling to subject my 29 year record in the United States Senate to the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate, but I am pleased to run in the primary on the Democratic ticket."