25 Reasons Why I’m Thankful That I’m Not a Republican

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John-Boehner-CryingOn days like today it’s always good to be thankful.  Thankful for our friends, family, job, pets, having a roof over our head, life — just be thankful for what we have because there are millions of people in our country who are far less fortunate than most of us.

But to bring a little bit of holiday cheer, I felt like having some fun and expressing twenty-five reasons why I’m glad that I’m not a Republican.

While there are far more than just twenty-five, I figured I’d just keep to a few of the key ones and let you fine people fill in some of the rest in the comments section.

Alright, here we go!

25 Reasons Why I’m Thankful That I’m Not a Republican (in no particular order):

  1. I respect the civil rights of all Americans, not just those I choose to agree with.
  2. I understand basic economics that consumer demand creates jobs, not tax breaks.
  3. I know that while mental health does play a part in gun violence, guns are still part of the problem.
  4. I understand that science isn’t some form of liberal magic trick.
  5. I know that women deserve the same rights in the workplace (and everywhere for that matter — see #1) as men.
  6. I know that racism isn’t natural, it’s a learned behavior — and skin color says nothing about the content of ones character.
  7. It doesn’t matter if John wants to marry Jane or Jake, it’s none of my business.
  8. I know Christianity is about hope, love and compassion—not fear, hate and judgement.
  9. When someone needs help, I ask “What can I do?” not “Why?”
  10. Health care is a right, not a privilege.  Our ability to live healthier lives shouldn’t be determined by how much we can afford.
  11. I understand capitalism can create great things, but it can also destroy them without proper regulations and oversight.
  12. I don’t believe that “freedom of religion” means the freedom to force Christianity on every American.
  13. I believe diplomacy should be attempted before war.
  14. I understand the the government is extremely flawed—but it’s not the enemy.
  15. Our right to vote should be made easier, not more difficult.
  16. I believe being “pro-life” means supporting all life, not just a fetus before it’s born.
  17. Women should determine what they do with their own bodies, not the government.
  18. A higher education shouldn’t just be for those who can afford it.
  19. I believe in actual history, not the version I wished was real.
  20. I understand that we’re not all created equal and some of us need more help than others.
  21. I know that there are people who abuse our welfare programs, but that doesn’t make all people on welfare lazy moochers.
  22. I believe teachers, fire fighters and police officers are heroes–not overpaid government employees.
  23. I feel that unions protect workers rights, they don’t inhibit them.
  24. I know climate change is real, and it’s caused by man—not God’s wrath over legalizing same-sex marriage.
  25. I believe education is an asset, not a tool for liberal indoctrination.

Alright, I’m going to go ahead and stop there.  Wow, I really could have kept going on and on.  I’m sure I missed plenty, but I think most of you get the picture.

Feel free to comment and share why you’re thankful that you’re not a Republican.  I would also encourage everyone reading to share this with others so that liberals everywhere can come together to express their thankfulness for not being a member of the GOP.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.
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  • S Jones

    I see no comments here yet. While I agree with every one of your premises, I don’t think folks want to be divisive ALL the time… especially on Thanksgiving. Let’s save the GOP face-mashing for another day.

  • Chico Gonzalez

    Maybe you should apply #8 to the GOP… 😀

  • bumpyride

    I believe eventually everyone will figure it out freedom is not free and everyone should be thankful for all that is here for folks

  • melloe

    Good list
    On this day where Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day, ( Which supposedly won’t happen again for something like 7000 years ..saw it on the Internet so it must be true ) it would be nice to point out all major religions I know of, and I have studied a few, are basically about LOVE. Yes, even Islam.

    • Robert J. Guadagno

      You’re missing a zero there. It’ll be over 70,000 years (at least that is what the news has been saying. 🙂

    • PaulJmsn

      “L’Chaim” isn’t just for the Holy Days, but for all time. So… L’Chaim.

    • Johnny J

      Islam is 100% a religion of love. So much love fills their hearts that they kill people for not being muslim. It is a religion of love because they kill people for homosexuality as “repentance” for their sins. Another loving part of islam is that they stone women to death for commiting adultry, whether they chose to or got raped. It’s okay islam has your back. And when you are so misguided to turn away from the religion, they will kill you (out of love of course) so you can be forgiven by their god of love.

  • Kevin Hopkins

    Good point, Chico, but maybe Allen isn’t personally a Christian, as certain members of the GOP claim to be.

  • S Miller

    I guess, coming from the same perspective it appears this list is coming from, the 1 reason why I’m thankful I’m not a Democrat is while it’s clear stereotypes are formed for a reason, only fools live like they always apply to every person within the stereotyped group. If every Republican is all the things on this list and “far more” that thankfully we weren’t subjected to, then I guess it’s true that every person who lives in a trailer park is white trash, every person who lives in the inner city is a drug dealing ghetto gangster, every teenage girl who gets pregnant sleeps around, every homosexual is a pervert, etc. etc. etc. Strange to me how the writer is thankful he’s not a Republican who lumps all people on welfare as being “lazy moochers”, but doesn’t seem to realize with every addition to his list he is lumping people into categories himself.

    • Reddkl

      You seriously misinterpret the intent and CONTENT of the list if you’ve stuck yourself into “categorizing” what was listed. Much of what you posted is what the list is addressing as improper. Yet, you felt the need to use negatives. I believe you just supported why the writer is glad he is NOT a republican.

    • MiMg

      You really need a REALITY CHECK, because while you think not “all” Republicans fit everything on the list, if you VOTE Republican, then you are RESPONSIBLE for THEIR behavior and THEIR votes while in office! This is pretty simple. Are you for RAISING the Minimum Wage above 7$? If so you are Democrat if not, you are Republican! Are you OK with discrimination (up to andincluding termination from employ ment, eviction from housing, etc) toward gays, blacks, Hispanics, overweight people, the elderly, etc.? If yes, you are Republican! Do you believe in EQUAL pay for women? If YES, you are Democrat if NO you are Republican! Are you for Voter Suppression? If YES, you are REPUBLICAN if NO, you are Democrat!It’s VERY easy to translate Which you are with a few basic questions! Are you for CONSUMER rights or Business rights? If Consumer, you are DEM, if Business u r
      Repub! R u for employ EE rights (DEM) or employ ER right (Repub)? its THAT black and white!

      • Johnny J

        How about are you for taking away guns and throwing the 2nd amendment down the toilet? yes-dem no-republican. Are you for killing unborn babies? yes-dem no-republican. Are you for throwing away the Constitution? yes-dem no-republican. Are you for putting a socialist in office? yes-dem no-republican. Are you for putting a criminal in office for deleting hundreds of classified emails sent on a private server? And saying “What does it matter” after it is her fault that men serving in the armed forces died because or her lack of care to send back up? yes-dem no republican. I hate to break it to you buddy but you should decide what you are on more than just a few questions…

  • Mark Strange

    I agree with everything, except two. I’d have to revise #3 and #8. To agree with everything.

    #3 – Whereas I understand that guns are apart of the problem, it’s only because people are the problem. If we didn’t want or like guns we wouldn’t have them, it’s not the guns fault. If people didn’t have an urge to kill each other guns would be used only as tools, and not as weapons of war. It’s people causing the problem. I actually agree with republicans that guns do not kill people, people do. But unlike them I realize that gun regulations are for people not guns, apparently they don’t understand that.

    #8 – “Christianity” is not just one thing to one person, there are over 30,000 different versions of Christianity. What it means all depends on the individual. To you it’s all good stuff and that is wonderful. To someone else it’s cruel. The bible however is full of all those things: love, compassion, fear, hate and judgement. It’s confusing, which is why its easily manipulated and used for any propaganda you want. “If God is on our side, who can be against us!” Is a powerful motivator. So “Christianity” is religion based on a diverse collection of human philosophies and stories and like all things human it contains good and evil.

  • Karen Schmidt

    #3, the AVAILABILITY of guns and non-regulation of gun ownership (did not say RESTRICTION, but NON-REGULATION) is the problem!!!

  • Karen Schmidt

    #7, unless they want to invite me to the wedding – just want to know how to address the card!

  • Mysti

    I think #6 is wrong. I think racism IS a natural inclination, we just have to use reason to override it.

  • Steve Giovanis

    I strongly disagree with point #23. It’s simply not true. Boeing is about to become a distant memory in Seattle because of unions.

    • Robb Thompson

      Yeah, I loved how the Seattle TV stations touted how “The union has sent a message to Boeing” when they voted a couple of weeks ago.

      Do you know what the message was?

      “We don’t really want to keep our jobs any more. Please build the new generation of airplanes somewhere else.”

      Unions have their purpose, but more and more they seem to be using the current business philosophy of getting your money now and screw the future.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Gee, that sounds like Wall Street and the 1%. So, we should settle for slave wages rather than bargain for better wages?

  • xpatYankeeCurmudgeon

    This former registered Democrat is thankful for the internet, where he discovered Mises, Hayek, Rothbard and classical liberalism.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Sounds like you discovered “I got mine, screw you, Jack.”

      • xpatYankeeCurmudgeon

        ‘ Sounds like you discovered “I got mine, screw you, Jack.” ‘

        Sounds like you are as incurious as most Donks, and quite happy on the plantation.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Yep, been here 60 years. see no reason to change to an oligarchy.

  • xpatYankeeCurmudgeon

    How reason number 2 on this list must warm the hearts of Keynesian social engineers.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Since when have tax breaks created jobs?

      • xpatYankeeCurmudgeon

        Since when did any politician/bureaucrat spend others’ money anywhere near as prudently as they did their own?

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Bureaucrats pay taxes, ergo, they ARE spending their own money. They spend yours as well and it gets me things like civilization. But you, predictably, didn’t answer the question. Since when have tax breaks created jobs? (The answer is: NEVER).

      • xpatYankeeCurmudgeon

        Funny how Donks, when discussing taxes, never mention tax revenues. So, off you go to do some much-needed study on the subject…

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Yeah, what about tax revenues? They buy me a civilized society. What’s your point? I pay more in federal income tax than 64% of the workforce makes in a year. The difference between you and me is I don’t mind paying taxes and don’t look at it as theft. If it’s so important, find me a country that doesn’t tax its citizens. Somalia comes to mind.

  • Louise Binzel

    … I’m thinking this man has never understood the idea behind Thanksgiving… It has nothing to do with politics or parties. In fact, it is one of the events during the year that is meant to unite us as Americans, though Native Americans don’t see it that way…. and do you blame them? Had they allowed the white man to starve, perhaps those that survived the winter would have gone back to England never to return… spreading the word that it is no place for proper white men and women.

    Add to this that this man groups together the absolute worst and most horrible possible attributes of a few out of the many and claims they fit the whole party. I belong to neither party, but can assure you all that the majority of Republicans that I have met do not in any way have these ideas. For anyone to read this list and believe it actually represents Republicans as a whole, simply proves what a bad job our media, as a whole, of representing Americans in either vein. Is this what they have pushed us all to believing? Really?