The Republican party has been around for a very long time — 163 years, in fact. So, needless to say, there’s a lot of history associated with one of our nation’s two largest political parties. Of course, the party we see today is not the same party it once was — not even close. Today’s Republican party is, as tea party conservatives often say about politicians they don’t deem “conservative enough,” a R.I.N.O — Republican In Name Only.
Sure, they call themselves “Republicans,” but these Donald Trump-loving cultists are not the same people who supported great Republicans like Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Heck, today’s Republicans wouldn’t even support Ronald Reagan if he were alive and ran for office.
That’s how far they’ve devolved from the days when the party was honorable and could be considered a respectable political organization.
The GOP was once the party of the president who waged a civil war to end slavery. Now it supports and defends Trump, a “president” who’s supported and cheered by white supremacists because he fueled his campaign with bigotry, racism, and intolerance. We’ve gone from the party of the president who built the Interstate Highway system, and warned against the military industrial complex having too much influence over the country, to a party that, for the most part, scoffs at any mention of spending to improve our crumbling infrastructure and makes increasing our already bloated defense budget a key talking point for essentially every member of the party.
They’ve become such an absolute joke we’ve seen some Republicans leave the party altogether because of Trump’s success. Last year, one Republican spent many of his last days alive speaking out as much as he could against Trump.
Meanwhile, cowards like Speaker of the House Paul Ryan — despite repeatedly condemning Trump’s horrific rhetoric during his campaign — has treated most Americans like we’re all brainwashed Trump supporters who believe the absurd lies he’s been forced to come up with trying to defend the “president’s” childish, reprehensible, and disgusting behavior.
And Ryan’s far from the only Republican who I’m certain knows Trump’s a national embarrassment and unfit for office, but has chosen to put party over country to defend someone who’s turned the United States into a global laughingstock.
As I’ve pointed out on several occasions, this downward spiral all began during the 50’s and 60’s during the implementation of the “Southern strategy” when the GOP decided it was going to pander to racism, bigotry, and ignorance. That’s when the party officially severed ties with what it once was and embraced the right-wing extremism and racism that have now completely taken it over.
Don’t get me wrong, while I don’t feel sorry for the Republican party — at all — it is rather sad to see how far it’s fallen from the days where it was the party of Lincoln, to now — the party of an orange, babbling racist buffoon like Donald Trump. A 71-year-old neurotic dunce who seems to spend most of his day obsessing about what people on cable news are saying about him; the fact he’ll never be as respected, admired, or intelligent as Barack Obama; and lashing out at people on Twitter like a petulant child who lacks any ability to control their emotions.
So, on this Fourth of July, the celebration of the birth of our nation, I think we should all take a moment to really take in what an absolute joke the Republican party has become.
I’ll never be ashamed to be an American, but this is the first Fourth of July that I’m sickened and embarrassed by the fact that an unhinged lunatic like Donald Trump is representing our nation.
Be safe, have fun, and Happy Birthday America!
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