A long time ago I gave up trying to reason with most Republicans. I just realized you can’t use rational thoughts or ideas to deal with people who lack the ability to be rational. It’s not that every Republican I meet is irrational; it just seems as if the overwhelming majority of people I meet who are irrational happen to be Republican.
But it’s not just the individual people I encounter, it’s the nonsense I see every single day fly across my iPhone, my laptop or my television screen.
For instance, I recently had to fight the urge to throw my laptop against the wall after reading that Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered the Texas Guard to monitor the U.S. military based on the absurd belief by conspiracy theorists that the federal government is using military training exercises to stage an invasion of the state and declare martial law.
Abbott literally governed based upon the beliefs of many who are a medical diagnosis away from being clinically insane. It was such a ridiculous move that even former Republican Texas Rep. Todd Smith called him out for “pandering to idiots.”
But it’s not just that one instance. Republicans are driven by a system of beliefs that are largely built upon complete absurdity.
Many of them subscribe to the belief that our Second Amendment is meant to give citizens the right to overthrow our government. I’ve yet to have a single one of these clowns explain to me why our Founding Fathers gave us a system to elect our government, only to give some the right to overthrow it if they don’t happen to agree with those who end up elected. How would 30 million conservatives overthrowing the government elected by 40 million liberals equate to respecting the Constitutional rights of those who just had the government they elected, as per our Constitution, violently overthrown?
Then there’s their stance on same-sex marriage. It has now apparently become mainstream to declare that the end of the world is approaching due to the fact that gay Americans are about to gain the right to marry the person they love. Never mind that gay marriage has been legal in Canada since 2007; apparently the United States is the only nation God gives a crap about. Once we legalize it, that’s when the world shall perish!
Imagine that… our human world ending at the “hand of God” not because of genocide, poverty, war or countless other atrocious acts committed by humans every single day – but because of gay marriage.
We can’t forget those who proudly profess “Barack Obama is the worst president in our nation’s history!” Listen, if you don’t like President Obama, that’s fine. It’s a belief often based on partisan bias rather than facts, but people are allowed to dislike him if they want. But there is no way, on any plane of existence known to the physical world, where President Obama is a worse president than George W. Bush – and it’s not even close. History will undoubtedly look back upon Bush’s presidency as one of the worst 8-year spans this country has ever endured.
Then there’s always the “go-to” talking points used against President Obama that somehow he’s a radical socialist Muslim who’s working with Islamic radicals to destroy the United States. Never mind that being both an Islamic radical sympathizer and a socialist are two completely contradicting sets of beliefs, there’s absolutely zero evidence to support the belief by many Republicans that he’s, in fact, a Muslim. Not only that, but how can he be both a “radical socialist” and a “president responsible for increasing income inequality” at the same time? That literally makes no sense. A “radical socialist” president most likely wouldn’t have presided over a record-setting stock market and an economy where the richest among us are doing better than they ever have before while the rest of us lag behind.
I could keep going on, but I think I’ve made my point.
The things I’ve just listed aren’t complicated – they’re just basic logic and common sense. To believe that someone is both an Islamic fundamentalist sympathizer and a radical socialist, or to honestly think that God is going to destroy the entire planet based upon one country legalizing same-sex marriage (when other countries have already legalized it), is just flat-out stupidity.
And, sadly, Republicans have become the party of stupid.