In Brief — A frank look at why Republicans should be ashamed of their membership in a regressive political party. [Written in May 2017.]
Backward-looking and Mean-Spirited —
Imagine aligning yourself with ignorant scoundrels. A once-respected political party — Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt must be spinning in their graves — has abandoned governing in favor of obstructionist partisanship. Instead of negotiating with their political opponents, the representatives of the party have chosen to stomp their feet and turn their backs like spoiled children. Their supporters are proud of their representatives and far too often display racism, homophobia, ignorance and sexism. For the moment Trump leads the sorry parade and Republicans like McConnell and Ryan smile enthusiastically and follow.
It’s time to look at the definition of conservatism, the badge Republicans proudly wear.
The dictionary defines conservatism as clinging to traditional values and limiting change. Politically, conservatives want lower taxes, smaller government, freer business, a strong military, and an individual to be responsible for his/her personal needs in such areas as retirement and health care.
Real-Speak’s Spotlight —
Translating this into real-speak, it means conservatives cling to the old ways and are afraid of change. They let fear of the unknown whisper assurance. They’re afraid.
Politically, they want lower taxes so the rich can get richer while everybody else gets crumbs, less government while the world grows more competitive and dangerous, believe businessmen know better than anybody. They want a more muscular and bigger military renowned for bungling and waste, believe that people should be responsible in preparing for their “golden years” and that each person should see to his/her own matters of health despite abundant evidence that the average person doesn’t understand the fine print.
Let’s break that down into realistic, bite-size pieces.
- Conservatives look backward to an imagined simple past and are uncomfortable with anything new like sexual equality, freedom to love another regardless of skin color and gender, or LGBTQ folks having full rights.
- They want to pay lower taxes, particularly to benefit the rich folks who already get a bigger share of the pie. Simultaneously, the arts, science and people of color get the shaft…and a thumb in the eye.
- They believe that government must shrink even as the world becomes more complex and competitive.
- They believe that business is more efficient and more honest than government despite copious evidence saying the opposite.They believe that greed is rare in business whereas government is overflowing with people who are dishonest and inefficient. Let’s hear from readers who have worked in corporations…or government, for that matter.
- They want to give more money to a military that’s already acknowledged to be wasteful and bent on killing. They want other countries to dance to America’s tune.
- Conservatives believe that everybody has the money, foresight and knowledge to adequately prepare for old age despite abundant contrary evidence.
- To them, good health is assumed and insurance is simple, available and affordable for even the least of us regardless of income AND they’re doing all they can to assure Obamacare’s failure. Additionally, they believe everybody is knowledgeable about their own bodies, capable of predicting the future and familiar with the intricacies of the rich insurance industry that’s not noted for charity.
Do any of these beliefs conform with reality?
At the beginning, I said that being a Republican is worthy of shame. I’ve said that Republicans, whether in congress, at the state or local level, even as individuals, are backward-looking and mean-spirited. Additionally, too many are consciously or subconsciously racist, homophobic and sexist. Far too often, they wear their religion on their sleeve and are anti-science. As bad as all this is, supporting Trump is morally depraved.
The Proof is in the Pudding —
Undoubtedly a prime example can be found in the 2016 Republican Party platform. It is undeniably the scariest political document ever written. A party platform is the blueprint of what the party stands for…a wish list, if you will.
I know most readers feel they are too busy to plow through the propagandistic blather to find the juicy plums of substance. For those folks, be assured that the 2016 Republican platform is a political horror story. Please click on the highlighted area to understand why Republicans should be ashamed. [Using your cursor, swipe across the platform article to return to this blog.] On their face, many of the wishes buried in the platform’s blather look reasonable, but what the Republicans are actually doing shows the dishonesty of their weasel-worded platform and their true face. This is reality.
Readers who label themselves Republicans should read the Republican platform to see if they agree with the wish list of the Republican Party. Then they should honestly examine their beliefs against the values they hold. If they don’t agree, why are they voting for Republicans who are eagerly destroying everything America says it stands for?
Don’t let fear, ignorance and outworn tradition stand in the way of embracing a promising future. The 2018 elections give Republican voters a chance to shed their shame and breathe the fresh air of freedom.
A vote against Republicans doesn’t necessarily mean voting Democratic. That’s just one option. A vote for an independent party also carries a message of disapproval of Republicanism, BUT know what you’re voting for! A better future for America depends on your vote. Unless Republicans turn their backs on Republicanism, It’s going to get worse…much worse!
The Weekly Sampler—
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