You Can’t Be Both a Republican and a Patriot

patriotI think I’ve finally come to the conclusion that someone simply cannot be both a Republican and a patriot. It’s impossible. Sure, Republicans think they’re the real “patriots,” but they’re really not.

Not even close.

Now, are there people who vote Republican who are genuinely good Americans? Of course. But I’m not sure I’d call those people “real Republicans.” What do conservatives call them? Oh, that’s right, R.I.N.O’s (Republican In Name Only).

Seriously, how can Republicans (especially tea party Republicans) consider themselves patriots?

They have a general disdain for every liberal in the country. Meaning that they genuinely loathe over half of their fellow Americans. They don’t trust our government – at all. You know, the very same government that was setup and established by our Constitution. The same Constitution they claim to worship and love.

In fact, they hate our government so much that they believe our Second Amendment gives them the right to bear arms just incase they need to overthrow our government.

But it’s not just their general hatred of our government. Many conservatives want to secede from the United States. I live in Texas; just about every day I’m out running errands I run across a vehicle with a big “SECEDE” decal proudly displayed on it. But it’s not just Texas. These “secede movements” are very popular among many right-wing conservative groups.

I’ve still never understood how someone can be an America-loving patriot – while wanting to secede from the United States.

What is it exactly that makes Republicans patriots?

Many Republicans hate our government, loathe over half of all Americans, quite a few want to secede from the United States and they have a general disdain toward minorities, the poor, women, non-Christians, homosexuals and just about anyone and everyone who isn’t a straight, white Christian male.

So, can someone tell me where I can find this Republican “patriotism”? Or what is it that actually quantifies their claim to be “patriotic”? Because I don’t see it.

Sure, I see a party that loves guns and hates our government – but neither of those really has anything to do with being patriotic. Many psychopaths love guns and Islamic terrorists hate our government. Does that make them patriots too? Something has to be quantified upon which to build a basis for patriotism. And I’m simply not seeing much of anything from the Republican party.

They claim they love our “freedom,” yet are constantly trying to restrict the rights of women, homosexuals and people who don’t follow their particular brand of Christianity. Besides, you can’t claim this nation was built on religious principles while championing “freedom.” Because religion isn’t “freedom,” it’s control.

Sure, they claim to “support our troops.” But last time I checked, our last Republican president sent nearly 4,500 of our brave men and women in uniform off to die in a war based on a lie. So, I’m not exactly sure how using our military as political pawns is patriotic.

In my opinion, Republican “patriotism” is built on an illusion of what they wished this nation was, but has never been. It’s all hype and propaganda driven by their warped belief of the values on which they think this nation was built, and the lies told to them by the right-wing media.

Because at the end of the day, I’m not sure how you can call yourself a “patriot” if you clearly seem to hate almost everything this nation stands for and supports.

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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