Dear Republicans: Trump and Cruz Prove That If Your Party Doesn’t Change, It’s Going to Destroy Us All

The Republican party is currently in complete denial over what their party has become. It’s been rather entertaining watching Republicans deny that someone like Donald Trump represents the values of their party. Honestly, can someone please explain to me how the overwhelming frontrunner for a party’s presidential nomination doesn’t represent that party’s values? And how, exactly, is that person not a “real Republican” when they’re being supported by Republican voters?

The truth of the matter is, the Republican party’s problem isn’t just Trump.

Sure, he’s the one who makes the most headlines. But let’s not forget the fact that their second place candidate is Ted Cruz. Someone who’s despised by just about as many people within the GOP establishment as Trump.

As it stands now, the Republican party is likely going into this year’s general election with the two candidates the party hates most. Candidates who are supported by the very people many Republican party leaders claim don’t represent their party.

And while party leaders continue to play just as dumb about this as Trump did about David Duke, what’s happening now surprises nobody who’s been paying attention to the rhetoric and propaganda Republicans have been using for decades.

Since the launch of the “Southern Strategy,” the GOP has been in a full-on embrace of the bottom rungs of our society.

Just look at what’s happened in the last year or so linked directly to radical right-wing rhetoric:

  • People like the domestic terrorists in Nevada and Oregon who have been empowered more and more to oppose the federal government.
  • A psychopath shot up a Planned Parenthood clinic because Republicans pushed the idea that they were “harvesting baby parts.”
  • The governor of Texas told the state’s guard to monitor the behavior of the United States military during last year’s Jade Helm exercise over concerns from citizens that it was a plot by the Obama administration to confiscate guns.
  • Anti-Muslim groups have begun trying to antagonize and target Muslims, seemingly hoping to trigger some sort of violent conflict.

Again, those are things that have happened in just the last year or so. We’re not even going back to the “birther” nonsense, the continued questioning of President Obama’s faith or the belief by many Republicans that this president is actively trying to weaken and undermine U.S. national security to help destroy the country.

The modern-day Republican party is driven by fear, hate, racism, bigotry and paranoia.

This explains why when someone like Trump hesitates to instantly condemn David Duke, it’s not that big of a deal. Why would it be? While Republicans will deny it, Duke’s ignorant views aren’t all that far off from those of many Republicans.

Hell, in September 2013, Cruz heaped praise on the late Sen. Jesse Helms, saying he wished we had 100 senators just like him. The same Jesse Helms who was a renowned racist, bigot and called the Civil Rights Act one of the most dangerous pieces of legislation in history. Not only that, but Cruz has embraced the endorsement of a pastor who’s said that Adolf Hitler was “sent by God” to hunt and kill Jews for not converting.

He defended that endorsement.

Furthermore, is this not the same party represented in the media by the likes of Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity? You know, individuals who make tens of millions of dollars peddling hate, bigotry, fear, propaganda and lies?

The rise of candidates like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz is just the latest blip on the radar of radical conservatism. These are the types of candidates to which Republican voters are flocking to in droves all across the country.

The Republican party can stop this, they just have to change who they are. They have to get back to the days of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Eisenhower. They have to dump this blind devotion to their myths of Ronald Reagan. They have to cast out people like Grover Norquist and Karl Rove. They have to shun the religious fanaticism that’s engulfed their party since the 60’s.

Will they? Probably not.

Though if Republicans don’t change – and change quickly to become the party they once were – they’re going to destroy this country. You don’t have to believe me; the rise of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz proves exactly what I’m saying. It’s not a coincidence that the two most dishonest, sleazy, self-absorbed fear-mongerers in the race – are the two frontrunners for the Republican presidential nomination. 

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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