The 2016 GOP presidential field is shaping up to be one of the largest (and most ridiculous) in modern political history. As a progressive, I absolutely cannot wait for the debates to begin. Like I’ve said before, the best way to make Republicans look bad isn’t by listing a whole litany of reasons why people should oppose them – it’s just by sitting back and letting them be themselves.
It’s like I posted on Twitter; Democrats run on what they plan to do if elected, while Republicans run on how horrified everyone should be if the Democrat wins.
Republicans can’t run on their policies, because that would expose them for the backwoods, outdated, knuckle-dragging political party that they are.
But when you really look at the 2016 Republican presidential race, what it boils down to is which candidate can appear to be the most “electable” while still proving they hate our Constitution the most.
It’s a race to see who:
- Hates women’s rights the most.
- Vilifies the poor the best.
- Opposes equality rights for homosexuals the most passionately.
- Is most disgusted by the thought of attending a gay wedding.
- Wants to kill Muslims in the greatest numbers.
- Wants to force their version of Christianity on the largest amount of people.
- Will disenfranchise African-American voters best.
- Promises to deport the most immigrants.
And whichever candidate can sustain that perfect balance between seeming like someone who might stand a chance to win the general election, while pandering to some of the most ignorant in this country, that’s who will ultimately be the GOP candidate for president.
That’s just… sad.
Their entire ideology is essentially built upon the fictional economic legacy of Ronald Reagan, mixed with a whole lot of judgement, hate, paranoia and bigotry. Because it’s a sad state of affairs that, in 2015, we’re still having politicians running on a platform that’s largely built upon their continued efforts to deny millions of Americans their Constitutional rights.
Nothing about the GOP is “new,” it’s the same old crap they’ve been running on for years. What are their economic promises now? That tax cuts will balance the budget, create jobs and lead to economic prosperity – which is the exact same thing they said when George W. Bush took office in 2001.
And we all know how that turned out.
But at the core of it all, the driving force that has so many Americans voting each and every election against their own interests, is the bigotry to which these GOP candidates will be desperate to pander. Because no matter who’s ultimately selected to represent the Republican party in the 2016 presidential election, they will have been chosen by basing a large part of their campaign on appealing to some of the most hateful, judgmental, closed-minded, hypocritical, prejudiced and paranoid people in this country. These are people who have proven time and time again that they absolutely cannot stand many of the rights our Constitution grants us as Americans.
Perhaps the saddest part is that instead of shunning and rejecting that support, whoever is selected to represent the GOP in 2016 will not only have pandered to it, they will have relied upon it to win the nomination.