On America’s Birthday, Here’s a List of Some of the Freedoms Conservatives Have Opposed

It’s America’s birthday.  The day when millions of people grill, spend time at the lake, have a few drinks and set off some fireworks (with safety in mind, of course).



Well, at least that’s what I’ll be doing.

And as we all know, when it comes to “patriotism,” conservatives seem to believe that they’re the only true patriots. You know, because us liberals clearly hate America and our Constitution.

They absurdly believe this even as most of the Republican Party continues to defend and support a man in Donald Trump who’s willing to bash, mock, attack, and belittle anyone and everyone — including U.S. intelligence agencies, American war heroes, former presidents, and our First Amendment — except Russian President Vladimir Putin. The country his campaign is currently under investigation for possibly colluding with during last year’s election — which, if true, could constitute treason.

I must make one point very clear, when I say “conservatives,” I mean conservatives. See, Republicans haven’t always been conservatives. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1950’s and 60’s when the Republican Party decided to embrace the South’s blatant racism, hoping to lure white voters to their side — that’s when they became the “party of Southern conservatives.”

As we all know, conservatives love to point out that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. That’s true, but he wasn’t a conservative.

It’s as if these people willfully ignore the fact that every state that fought with the South during the Civil War also opposed integration and the Civil Rights Act, and now almost every single one of them is strongly Republican.

Clearly the party has changed since the days of Lincoln.

Today the GOP is the party of Trump — an unhinged, pathologically-lying narcissist who can’t control himself on social media and advocates for violence against the media because our Constitution prevents him from ruling like the authoritarian dictator he truly wants to be.



So as we all take a day to celebrate the Fourth of July, let’s take a look at a few of the freedoms Southern conservatives — modern day Republicans — have opposed throughout our nation’s history:

  • Freeing the slaves
  • Allowing women to vote
  • Desegregation
  • Interracial marriage
  • The Civil Rights Act
  • The Voting Rights Act
  • Women’s rights
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Gay rights, in general

That’s quite the list of ignorance, bigotry, racism, and intolerance on some of the most important issues and freedoms throughout our nation’s history.

History shows that it hasn’t mattered if it’s 1860, 1960 or 2017, states like Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina — decade after decade — they all opposed every single one of those fights for freedom listed above.

And every single time they were on the wrong side of history.

Oh, and “shockingly,” every single one of those states is strongly Republican — and fought for the Confederacy.

So, on this Fourth of July holiday, if you happen to encounter one of your conservative family members, or a Trump supporter, and engage them in some kind of political debate, I suggest you reference this article to showcase how ignorant their ideology has been throughout American history.

Have a great holiday and stay safe!

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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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