Once upon a time the Republican Party was actually a great American political institution. Despite the pathetic joke it’s become, the GOP is the party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. It wasn’t until the 50’s and the 60’s, when Republicans embraced what’s known as the “southern strategy” that the party began to embrace bigotry, racism, and pander to the worst parts of our society, that the GOP began its path toward developing into the joke that it is today.
Today’s Republican Party resembles a cult more than it does a political entity based around ideological beliefs and facts. It’s driven by fear-mongering, paranoia, and pushing one ridiculous conspiracy after another — all while being some of the most blatant hypocrites you’ll ever find.
So in the nature of right-wing propaganda, lies, conspiracies, and “alternative facts,” I thought I’d run down 10 myths Republicans have conned their voters into believing are true.
1. They care about the poor and middle class: Their entire economic philosophy is based upon the preposterous idea that if we allow the rich to hoard more money, that’s going to make things better for the rest of us. As we all know, over the last nearly 40 years, that myth’s been soundly debunked. Tax cuts for the wealthy have managed to make the rich even wealthier; drastically added to our national debt; caused historic income inequality; factored into recessions (including the worst since the Great Depression); and brought about stagnant wages. There’s absolutely no credible evidence that suggests tax cuts lead to long-term economic success.
In fact, not only do Republicans base most of their economic beliefs on what’s best for the wealthy, but they usually push for massive cuts to programs that poor and middle class Americans depend on to survive. Two great examples of what I mean are Trumpcare and Trump’s budget. Both proposals offer massive benefits and tax cuts for the rich, while stripping health care away from millions and gutting programs such as Medicaid and food stamps.
I can guarantee you if Republicans are enthusiastically backing a piece of legislation, it’s almost always going to overwhelmingly benefit the rich — while also screwing over the poor and middle class.
Every. Single. Time.
2. They’re fiscally conservative/responsible: You don’t need to be a financial expert to know that you don’t lower your debt by taking a huge pay cut while increasing your spending. Well, that’s exactly what Republicans do whenever they have power. They often increase defense spending while passing massive cuts to our nation’s revenue via tax cuts for the rich. Despite frequently championing themselves as “fiscally responsible,” a Republican president hasn’t balanced the budget since Eisenhower in the 50’s.
It’s a testament to the Republican Party’s fraudulent principles that the man many consider to be the epitome of “conservative values,” Ronald Reagan, nearly tripled the national debt during his eight years in office.
3. They’re pro-life: Outside of the issue of abortion, which the GOP only uses to manipulate people by using religion, what other aspect of the party is “pro-life”? Republicans:
- Want to strip health care away from millions.
- Gut Medicaid and food stamps.
- Reduce Social Security and Medicare benefits.
- Oppose free access to birth control which actually reduces abortions.
- Are pro-war.
- Mostly support torture.
- Oppose helping refugees fleeing for their lives.
- Brag about the death penalty.
- Are extremely pro-gun.
- Oppose most legislation that helps the poor such as raising the minimum wage and free college education.
- Mostly believe climate change is a hoax.
The list goes on and on. When it comes to being “pro-life,” that’s nothing more than a slogan Republicans use to prey on people’s emotions so that millions of Americans will be too distracted to realize they’re supporting a political party that constantly supports legislation that goes against their family’s best interests.
4. They believe in small government: What an absolute joke. Republicans love government. The only time they claim they support “small government” is when they’re either trying to pass some sort of deregulation to benefit big business or they were prevented from being allowed to unconstitutionally force their bigoted or religious views on others.
5. They’re pro-gun: Republicans aren’t pro-gun, they’re pro-fear. They use our Second Amendment and guns because, just like with religion, it’s a great way to get people paranoid, fearful, and acting irrational so they don’t realize they’re being manipulated by con artists. Their “pro-gun” propaganda isn’t about guns, our Second Amendment, or self-protection — it’s about keeping people afraid. Republicans know the more fearful people are, the easier it is to make them believe in talking points that don’t make any sense and absurd conspiracies not based on a shred of reality.
Real advocates for the Second Amendment believe in common sense gun laws that make it much more difficult for people who shouldn’t have guns to obtain them. Which the vast majority of the Republican Party does not.
6. They’re not a party driven by racism: Not only did former Democrats and staunch segregationists such as Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms become Republicans once Democrats shed their racist roots and embraced equality during the 50’s and 60’s, but the election of Donald Trump undoubtedly cemented the GOP as the party of racism. Trump spent years pushing a blatantly racist birther conspiracy against Barack Obama, while the vile and bigoted nature of his presidential campaign drew overwhelming praise from the KKK, David Duke, neo-Nazis, and white nationalists all across the country.
When segregationists are leaving one party to join yours over 50 years ago during the 1960’s, while white nationalists and neo-Nazis are enthusiastic supporters of your party’s current “president,” you’re definitely a political entity built on, and fueled by, racism.
7. They believe in and support the Constitution: Except, of course, when they don’t — which is quite often. From the days of slavery, to segregation, to gay rights, southern and rural conservatives are almost always on the wrong side of history when it comes to major Constitutional battles. Typically whenever you hear “states’ rights” being used by these folks, you can bet that they’re trying to evoke the 10th Amendment to deny a group of people their rights as Americans.
8. Our nation was founded on Christianity: Despite what many conservatives think, the United States was not founded on Christianity. The original Pledge of Allegiance didn’t contain the phrase “one nation Under God,” the motto “in God we trust” has nothing to do with the founding of this nation, and the Constitution doesn’t contain a single reference to Christianity or Jesus Christ — anywhere. In fact, the Treaty of Tripoli, signed by President John Adams in 1797 (who was one of our Founding Fathers, by the way), specifically says:
As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…
I rest my case.
9. They’re proud, patriotic Americans who love this country: Except for women, minorities, anyone who follows a religion that’s not Christianity, homosexuals, transgender Americans — or practically anyone who isn’t a straight, white Christian male.
10. They’re the party of the moral majority and Christian values: When you support an arrogant, vile, racist, bigoted self-admitted sexual predator who belittles those he perceives as weaker than he is, who’s cheated on at least one wife, has been divorced twice, is on his third marriage, and has five children with three different women — you lose any right to claim you care about real Christian values.
Alright folks, that’ll wrap this article up. Hope you all enjoyed it and will share it to see what some of your Republican friends and family members might say when confronted with the reality that many of these myths they believe about themselves, and the Republican Party, aren’t remotely true.