The modern day Republican Party is a cesspool of most of the worst aspects of humanity. It’s an organization that preys on fear, paranoia, hate, bigotry, and religious manipulate with some faux “patriotism” mixed in for good measure just so their supporters think opposing the GOP is “un-American.”
I’ve never pretended to be a Republican, but I’ve never loathed the party as much as I do now.
Let me put into perspective how radical and unhinged today’s GOP has become.
1. Ronald Reagan passed the Immigration Reform Act of 1986: This bill gave legitimate amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Today you can’t even get most Republicans to support basic, common sense immigration reform. Even when Republicans and Democrats passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill a few years ago — a piece of legislation supported by the majority of Americans — the GOP-controlled House of Representatives wouldn’t let the bill come up for a vote.
2. Ronald Reagan also supported a ban on assault weapons: Yes, Reagan put his support behind Bill Clinton’s 1994 ban on assault weapons. Now to even talk about banning these same weapons that most Republicans supported at the time will get the right-wing media flipping out over tyrannical gun confiscations and the need for another revolution. Yet the president many Republicans view as the epitome of today’s GOP supported banning these weapons.
3. Obamacare was actually a Republican idea: When Clinton pushed for true universal health care during the 90’s, the Republican alternative to that was a government mandate that people purchase health insurance. As most people know, Obamacare is essentially a clone of the health care legislation Republican Mitt Romney passed as governor of Massachusetts. Yet this is the same party that’s spent the last few years bashing their own idea as one of the worst things to ever happen to the United States.
4. Republicans denied Jeff Sessions a spot as a federal judge over accusations of racism: Think about this one for a moment. Our current attorney general, the most powerful law enforcement official in the country, was overwhelmingly embraced by the GOP for that position — the same party that, in the 80’s when he was up for a spot as a federal judge — denied him that position over accusations of racism. So, a man Republicans once viewed as too racist to be a federal judge, is now our attorney general.
5. Republicans used to actually care about protecting the environment: Did you know cap and trade, an idea staunchly vilified by today’s GOP, was actually a Republican idea? In fact, current senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham once supported legislation that gave businesses incentives to reduce greenhouse gases. Now you have Republicans bringing snowballs into Congress to “prove climate change isn’t real” and a “president” who thinks it’s a hoax created by the Chinese.
The list goes on and on — and that’s just within the last couple of decades. That’s how fringe and radical the party has become. Many members of the GOP from the 80’s and 90’s wouldn’t even qualify as “Republicans” by today’s batshit crazy standards.
Believe it or not, “moderate” Republicans such as John Boehner and Gov. John Kasich were once ranked as some of the most conservative members of Congress. Now they’re loathed by “the base” because that’s how ridiculous things have gotten among the right.
This is a party that does nothing but support policies that benefit the rich. Nearly every single policy they support is nothing more than a massive handout for the wealthiest among us wrapped in some sort of manipulative propaganda aimed at blinding people from realizing how disastrous the legislation’s going to be for them, personally.
Look at their “health care bill.” It shouldn’t even be called that because it’s not a bill to improve health care in any way. These are nothing more than massive tax cuts for the rich that will not make health care better, cheaper, or provide coverage for more Americans. They’re masking their anti-Obamacare propaganda in a “health care bill” that has nothing to do with health care, and almost everything to do with screwing over the majority of Americans while giving the wealthiest among us bigger breaks.
Why else do conservative voters think Senate Republicans wrote this plan in secret and are now trying to push it through Congress as quickly as possible? A political party doesn’t do that unless it’s ashamed of what it’s trying to do. When Democrats passed Obamacare, Congress debated on that law for a year — Republicans are trying to force theirs through in a couple of weeks.
Then just look at how Trump built his campaign. Sure, there were many aspects to it, but his main core principles were vilifying immigrants, pushing Islamophobia against Muslims, pushing hate against Hillary Clinton, and pandering to racism. It’s not a coincidence that Trump inspired a resurgence in public displays of white nationalism, as well as garnering enthusiastic support from the KKK and neo-Nazis.
Oh, and when Republicans embraced Donald Trump, possibly the least Christian candidate to ever run for president, they lost any right to call themselves Christians — because there’s absolutely nothing Christian about him. He’s a vile, greedy, corrupt, conspiracy-pushing adulterer on his third marriage who has five children from three different women. I’m not here to say if Jesus Christ were alive today he’d be a Democrat, I just know there’s no way he’d be a Republican, let alone a Trump supporter.
Today’s GOP is best described as the party that stands against progress.
Seriously, what are their “plans”? They’re pushing practically the same basic (and debunked) trickle-down bullshit they have for nearly 40 years, while most of their current legislation is aimed at undoing what Democrats have done. All they do is spend most of their time building this cult-like following — pushing paranoia, hate and fear — telling their supporters, “If you don’t support us, you’ll let those trying to destroy this country win.”
Republicans know if you keep people afraid, while manipulating them with religion, those are two of the most powerful weapons to use if you want to get large groups of people to act completely irrationally and support policies that are in direct conflict of their own best interests.
The only thing today’s Republican Party truly represents is a prime example as to why it’s vitally important for good people to stand up and fight back. As the saying goes, the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.
And I’ll be damned if I sit idly by while these deplorable bastards triumph.