Even though I’m a lifelong Texan (yes, it’s true – born and bred), I’ve never been a Republican. Not because I have any particular allegiance to the Democratic party, but because the GOP has never made sense to me. From my perspective, I see far too many contradictions and hypocrisies coming from Republicans. Think about it, this is the party that considers Ronald Reagan has a “conservative icon” – despite the fact that he nearly tripled our national debt during his eight years. I’ve still never quite understood how someone can be considered a “fiscally conservative hero” when, during their time as president, our deficits skyrocketed and our debt exploded.
But it doesn’t just stop there; extreme hypocrisy is found in many aspects of their ideology.
So, to prove my point I thought I’d list five of the biggest hypocritical aspects of the GOP.
1. Pro-life: Sure, Republicans like to fancy themselves the “pro-life party,” but that’s complete bullsh*t. Can anyone name a single thing Republicans have done to fight for the lives of those who are, you know, actually born? Hell, despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans benefitting from government programs like SNAP (commonly referred to as food stamps) and Medicaid are children living in poverty, Republicans continue to push for cuts to those programs. Sure, conservatives will make a big deal out of fighting to protect unborn fetuses, but they couldn’t care less about helping the millions of children who currently owe much of their survival to the very programs to which the GOP is constantly trying to cut funding.
And let’s not even get started on how much most Republicans love the death penalty.
2. Being fiscally conservative: This ties into what I said about Reagan earlier. Can someone please explain to me how a party can claim it’s “fiscally conservative” when the last 3 presidents from that party have all contributed to growing our national debt? Not only that, but there hasn’t been a president from the Republican party who’s balanced the budget since Dwight D. Eisenhower – during the 1950’s.
3. Religious freedom: Let’s be honest, the only religion most Republicans recognize is Christianity. Well, at least their version of Christianity. These are the folks who somehow believe “freedom” equates to them having the right to force their views on others.
4. Small government: Republicans can say they support “small government” all they want, but that’s an absolute lie. The truth is, whenever Republicans want to define marriage, or tell a woman what she can or cannot do with her own body, then Republicans are suddenly huge fans of big government.
5. They’re patriots: Correct me if I’m wrong, but to be a patriot means you have to love the United States, right? Last I checked, tens of millions of Republicans:
- Believe guns give them the right to overthrow a Constitutionally elected government.
- Loathe the very government the Constitution created.
- Hate over half the population (basically anyone who isn’t a straight, white Christian male).
- Throw a fit anytime the Constitution actually works (For example: The Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, abortion or the Affordable Care Act).
I’m not sure how someone can think they’re a patriot while harboring such strong disdain for so many aspects of the country.
While there are many more, for the sake of time, I’ll wrap it up there.