What the Democratic and Republican parties have always stood for have stayed the same for the last 160 years or so, that is Republicans believe in representative government and federal rights over states rights, and Democrats believe in States rights over Federal rights , and democratic process over representative government. They actually didn't switch names or ideologies, the voter base switched. That is a majority of conservatives started voting republican, and a majority of liberals started voting democrat. The voter base switch happened in 1964 when Democrats started targeting young voters and minorities and Republicans started targeting the working class white voters. That is recorded fact, not opinion, but I'm sure people on both sides will disagree with me , and quite frankly I don't care. For that matter, neither does your party. The thing is people, no party cares what you believe in, let alone hold the same things sacred that you do, just how you vote. They might cry crocodile tears, but just remember why a crocodile cries, to get the ibis to get close enough to eat it.