While Republicans like to champion themselves as a party filled with super-patriots and America-loving constitutionalists fighting to preserve this country’s greatness, that’s not really what they are. In fact, to listen to right-wing rhetoric, most of them can’t stand the majority of Americans or many of the rights that have been protected by our Constitution.
In fact, I’ll argue that Republicans are destroying the United States. Look at how much time we’ve wasted battling the GOP on issues that we all knew they were eventually going to lose. From same-sex marriage to the Affordable Care Act, millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent the last few years thanks to Republicans who seem to devote their entire careers to trying to hold this nation back.
Every time we want to push this country forward, we spend years (if not decades) battling conservatives who almost always seem to be living in a time period several decades (sometimes centuries) behind the rest of the world.
That being said, I thought I’d list five ways I think Republicans are destroying the United States. So, in no particular order, let’s get started.
1. They’re ruining Christianity: The Christian faith, if practiced properly (and privately), can be a great thing. But Republicans have hijacked the faith and ruined it for millions of Americans. A common line I’ve heard from many former Christians is: I no longer consider myself a Christian because of the ignorance I’ve seen from the so-called “Christian right.” Republicans like to claim President Obama is “waging a war” on Christianity, but they’re the ones who are driving people away and corrupting the faith.
2. They’re constantly attacking freedom: From attempting to tell women what they can do with their own bodies, to trying to force their religious views on others, modern-day Republicans really only like “freedom” when they are being allowed the “freedom” to control or restrict the rights of others.
3. They really want “bad guys” to get guns: Despite what Republicans claim, there are common sense ways to make background checks more thorough and policies we could implement that wouldn’t prevent a single law-abiding gun owner from owning almost any gun they want. And while Republicans are the first ones to cite mental illness as the primary factor behind gun violence, the policies they support only make it easier for these “bad guys” who want to carry out these horrific crimes to get a gun.
So I guess the real question Republicans need to answer is, why do they support making it easier for mentally unstable people and criminals to obtain guns?
4. They really don’t like the Constitution and would drastically change it if they could: Let’s be honest, most Republicans want the United States to be a theocracy. The only thing preventing them from turning it into one is our First Amendment. From abortion to gay marriage to the Affordable Care Act and even the right to vote – the GOP constantly tries to do whatever it can to bypass, sidestep or infringe upon laws and rights that are supported by our Constitution. The truth is, based upon GOP rhetoric, they really just don’t like our Constitution – considering they’re almost always on the wrong side of it.
5. They’ve created an entire culture of people who hate our government: It’s nearly impossible to get anything done in government nowadays because the GOP has done a fantastic job at convincing tens of millions of people that government is the bad guy and the millionaires and billionaires corrupting that very same government are the good guys. As a Republican, if you even dare to think about working with Democrats to get anything done, you’re literally risking your political career. Not only that, but this anti-government rhetoric has grown into radical conspiracies like Jade Helm, prompting anti-government lunatics to shoot at American military personnel because they actually believed that a military exercise was a plot by the government to confiscate guns.
Even as it pertains to mass shootings, it’s becoming more and more common for me to see right-wing conservative groups pushing the idea that these are all plots by the government to pass strict gun laws. We’ve honestly reached a point with this anti-government rhetoric where radical conspiracies are becoming commonly accepted beliefs among many members of the GOP.
What’s ironic about everything I just listed above is that the people I’m describing, conservative Republicans, are typically the first people to proclaim how they’re proud patriots who love the country and our Constitution. Give me a break.
The truth is, the GOP has become a party that doesn’t like the majority of Americans; puts lives in danger by making it easier for criminals to get guns; has no respect for the freedom of religion we have in this country; rarely finds themselves on the right side of our Constitution; and seems to distrust and hate the American government about as much as your typical Islamic radical.
Much like conservatives have done with Christianity, they’ve created some warped form of “patriotism” that isn’t at all patriotic.