Conservative voters are often some of the most angry, unhappy, paranoid, and distrustful people I encounter. Whether it’s blaming Democrats, minorities, trade agreements, “the establishment,” or the media, conservative voters never have any issues finding someone or something to blame for whatever problems they’re having in their lives. That’s rather ironic considering these are people who often proclaim themselves believers in “taking personal responsibility” for yourself and your own actions.
The truth is, the reason why conservatives are this way is because the one group of people they do trust, Republicans, are the ones lying to them.
Donald Trump’s rise is a perfect example of what I mean.
The current “president” ran a campaign based on nothing more than pandering to what conservatives wanted to hear, no matter how dishonest or unrealistic it was. He made it seem like all these bold, usually vague, promises were easily obtainable — all that was needed was “competent leadership.”
So, of course, millions of conservatives believed him.
Though it’s not just Trump, Republicans have spent decades conning conservative voters into blaming everyone else but the GOP for their problems, all while pushing the cult-like idea that “we’re the only ones you can trust.”
Conservative voters are never going to get what they want because they’re supporting people who pass legislation that’s never going to make life any better for the vast majority of conservatives (or the country as a whole).
Republicans know this, which is why they zeroed in on social issues like gay marriage, abortion, and religious beliefs to manipulate large groups of people into voting against their own best interests.
We’ve had ten recessions since 1953, nine occurred while a Republican was in office. Meanwhile, two of the strongest and longest periods of economic and job growth during that same time occurred during the 16 combined years of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama’s presidencies.
To listen to Republicans talk, they’re the party of “fiscal responsibility.” Yet the only president to balance the budget in recent history was Clinton, a Democrat. Even Obama managed to reduce deficits by a trillion dollars during his eight years in office. Meanwhile, “conservative icon” Ronald Reagan nearly tripled the national debt during his eight years.
The Republican party, with help from the unethical conservative media, spends most of its time pushing lie after lie and conspiracy after conspiracy against anyone they feel stands in their way of passing more tax cuts for the rich; gutting social programs that help millions of poor and middle class Americans to help give more tax breaks to the wealthy; privatizing Social Security and Medicare so that Wall Street can profit from these programs; spending billions on bloated defense budgets to fatten the wallets of defense contractors; attacking public education hoping to keep people ignorant and easier to control; screwing millions out of health care so that insurance companies can profit off the lives of Americans; and propping up the fossil fuel industry so that oil companies can continue to make hundreds of billions of dollars while killing the only planet on which we have to live.
The list goes on and on.
For any conspiracy theorist/cult leader/con artist to be successful, the very first thing they must do is convince the people they’re trying to scam that they’re the only ones who can be trusted. They need to buy into the notion that any and all information that contradicts what the conspiracy theorist/cult leader/con artist is trying to sell them is all a lie.
You know, sort of like yelling “FAKE NEWS!” whenever the media reports something factual you don’t want people believing is true.
When outsourcing and corporate greed led to job losses and stagnant wages over the last forty years, don’t blame these greedy businesses, blame regulations and immigrants.
As health care costs continue to skyrocket year after year (long before the passage of Obamacare), with premiums becoming too expensive for millions of Americans to afford, don’t blame these for-profit insurance companies, blame the Affordable Care Act — even though costs have gone up slower since its passage than before.
When Republicans pass massive tax breaks for the rich, shifting more of the burden of keeping this country running on the poor and middle class, don’t blame the greed of the top 1-2 percent of Americans, blame people on welfare, most of whom are children and the elderly.
If the economic numbers being reported every month didn’t back up the rhetoric that the economy was a “disaster under Obama,” simply claim that the numbers were “a hoax” or “phony.” That is, until a Republican moves into the White House, then they start bragging about those very same numbers.
Even now, with Republicans in control of the House, Senate, and White House — everything they need to pass pretty much anything they want — they can’t get anything done.
Since Trump spent most of his campaign blatantly lying about what he’d be able to get done, congressional Republicans can’t pass what he promised, because his campaign promises weren’t based on reality. Yet if you listen to Trump, it’s the fault of Congress — and even Democrats — for lawmakers being unable to pass the conservative fan fiction he conned his supporters into believing was possible.
When Republicans don’t have power, they spend most of their time spreading lies and conspiracies about the Democrats who have it, promising that when the next election rolls around, if you just elect them, they’ll make all your dreams come true.
Then once they do gain power back, they spend most of their time trying to pass legislation that does nothing but favor the richest among us at the expense of the poor and middle class.
Eventually the economy stagnates or crashes, Democrats gain back power, then Republicans proceed to blame the economic issues on them — even though they were the ones in charge when everything began falling apart.
And that’s how this con goes round and round…. and round.
The bottom line is, conservatives are never going to get what they want because the people they trust are the ones lying to and conning them into supporting a political party and policies that are never going to fulfill the promises Republicans claim that they will.
Then when their promises don’t come true, Republicans are the first ones out there blaming everyone else but themselves, vilifying everyone from the media, to minorities, to Democrats, all while telling those same conservative voters gullible enough to continue to believe them — we’re the only ones you can trust.
It really is the perfect scam.