Dear Republicans: What the Hell Happened to You All?

By our nature, progressives and conservatives are always going to disagree on many issues. That’s fine as long as those disagreements are based on a subjective take on factual information. There’s nothing wrong with people disagreeing on issues. In fact, some of the best ideas can come from healthy, constructive debates between opposing groups.



The key part of that statement being “healthy and constructive.”

In the past, Democrats and Republicans would actually agree that we needed to reform immigration, combat climate change, or pass sensible gun regulations, the two parties simply disagreed on the best way to go about accomplishing those goals.

Unfortunately, those days were long… long ago.

Nowadays when I debate Republicans, I feel as if we’re living in two completely different worlds. I never thought I’d live to see the day where indisputable facts, or even direct quotes, would become “matters of opinion” or “fake news” simply because they don’t want to believe them.

Furthermore, today’s Republicans don’t even hold themselves to the same standards and rules they pretend to be outraged over whenever a Democrat doesn’t follow them.

There’s not a single person out there who can convince me that had Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton said or done a fraction of what Trump has, many of the same conservative and members of the right-wing media who are now jumping through hoops to defend how awful he is — such Sean Hannity and Alex Jones, two men who’ve proven themselves to be nothing more than con men — wouldn’t be losing their minds.

As I wrote about recently, it’s ironic that after years of Trump pushing lies to attack Obama, he’s become so many of the awful things he accused his predecessor of being — yet our 44th president never was. This has led some to joke that Trump’s years of fear-mongering against Obama was actually him prophesying what his “presidency” was going to be like.

I miss the days when Republicans were, for the most part, sensible people. While I didn’t always agree with them, I never saw them defending Nazis, trashing U.S. intelligence agencies, defending Russian tyrants, or felt like they were living in a completely different reality than the rest of us.



And I’m not even going back to the days of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, men who would be considered ultra liberals by today’s radical GOP standards. Heck, based on the mindset and beliefs of many of today’s conservatives, Ronald Reagan wouldn’t even qualify as a Republican anymore.

That’s how ridiculous the party has become.

Believe it or not, once upon a time, Republicans prevented current Attorney General Jeff Sessions from becoming a federal judge over accusations that he was a racist; backed common sense immigration reform; supported bans on assault weapons; believed in climate change; would have never defended a “president” who praised and defended an ex-KGB agent turned Russian tyrant; came up with the idea that eventually became Obamacare; and actually defended civil rights.

Which is why I have to ask today’s Republicans, please, tell me: what the hell happened?

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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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  • Sharl

    Allen & others: I found a very interesting video recently on democracynow.org Called “Jane Mayer on Robert Mercer & the Dark money behind Trump & Bannon.”
    It’s around a 40 min. Video, but well worth your time! It’s exposes where Trumps millions in support has come from as well as a few other juicy tidbits.

    BTW! I love ALL your columns Allen! Keep up the good work & the good fight! You have many supporters!