There has indeed been a hijacking but it is the "party regulars" who are the hijackers. They are all collectivists who support the bipartisan pork feast in Washington. They want to build a world empire and a welfare state with Washington running it and the banking and corporate cartels running Washington all at the expense of the American People.
This is about as far as one can get from the republican ideals of the founding fathers, especially Jefferson and Madison, the authors respectively of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and the founders of the original Republican Party. They were also both libertarians influenced by the philosophy of John Locke. It is these original ideals that even today inspire most Americans that led to America once being a great nation that was indeed the city set on a hill much declaimed by poseurs like Newt Gingrich and Obama but never embraced by them in reality.
The only Presidential candidate from any Party who embodies these quintessentially American ideals is Dr. Ronald E. Paul and he has lived them in the public eye for almost 36 years since he first took his seat in the House of Representatives on April 23, 1976. Even when he returned to his private practice as an ob/gyn physician and surgeon in 1985, for the next 12 years he continued to advance the ideals of the Constitution and the libertarian republicanism of Jefferson and Madison in many fields of endeavour.
He has laid down a public footprint in the Congressional record that can stand the scrutiny of the most particular Constitutionalist and he has predicted and warned America of every economic crisis incurred during these years. He has also authored and presented legislation that would have served to avoid these crises and return America to her founding principles that once set her apart as an exceptional nation, a beacon of Liberty in the world.
Now this "American Exceptionalism" has been hijacked by the banking and corporate cartels, the gang of criminal collectivists in Washington for their own purposes and to advance their own agenda of warmongering and welfarism all the better to fill their pockets with the booty wrested from the wealth of the American People.
The Ron Paul Revolution will restore the Republic to the People even to those who presently ignorantly oppose it. Many have been blinded by the propaganda of the corporate controlled media who are beholden to the same criminals who control Washington. Of course they are doing everything within their considerable power to defeat the Revolution but they will fail.
Ronald Ernest Paul will be the 45th. President of the United States.
"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)