I’m fine with people having a difference of opinion when it comes to politics. I understand that, as people, many of us are simply fundamentally different. While they’re both Americans, a person living in rural Alabama is often much different than someone who’s lived their entire life in Los Angeles.
Diversity is what’s always made America great. But diversity also brings unique challenges which, at times, can create problems, conflict, and political divides among citizens.
If someone is willing to come at me with a difference of opinion on something based on a reasonable and rational argument, by all means, bring it. I might not agree with them, but I’m always willing to engage with people who can back up what they believe with sound arguments. Though I’m aware that a “sound argument” in and of itself can be a subjective matter.
When it comes to factual issues, if someone presents facts that disprove something I believed to be true, I put pride aside, admit I was wrong, and change my mind — because that’s how it’s supposed to work.
As they say, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own facts.
That said, I can’t remember the last time a Republican told me something factual to support something they believe. Furthermore, on subjective matters based mostly on opinion, their arguments are almost completely hypocritical, irrational, and illogical.
The truth is, I understand why many Republicans vote the way that they do. They live in a version of reality that doesn’t actually exist.
One where “freedom of religion” means that they can force their religious views on others.
One where “small government” means they can tell women what to do with their own bodies.
One where “Christian values” involve backing a self-admitted sexual predator and adulterer on his third marriage who has five children with three different women, who pays porn stars for their silence so they don’t speak out publicly concerning an affair.
One where “fiscal responsibility” means adding trillions of dollars to the national debt — then blaming it on Democrats later.
One where people claim to “follow the teachings of Jesus Christ” as they back a “president” enthusiastically cheered and supported by white supremacists and neo-Nazis.
One where they claim to be “proud, patriotic Americans” as they defend a “president” who slanders the FBI, the Department of Justice, U.S. intelligence, our judicial system, past presidents, and our freedom of the press on a daily basis — but won’t say a single negative thing about a Russian enemy who attacked us.
One where a president wearing a tan suit is a disgrace, but one going on morning Twitter rants as he spends hours watching cable morning shows is acceptable.
One where they claim to “respect the military,” as they defend a “president” who’s belittled POWs, lied about how much money he had raised for veterans groups, attacked Gold Star parents, and called a Gold Star widow a liar.
One where anytime something isn’t going how they want it to go, they concoct ridiculous conspiracies claiming someone or something is “out to get them” instead of simply admitting that what they believe is wrong.
One where they spend endless amounts of time attacking the “mainstream media” as they watch a cable news network that constantly brags about being the “highest rated cable news channel.”
One where they think a well-spoken, articulate Constitutional scholar and lawyer is an “idiot,” but a bona fide moron with a limited vocabulary who frequently calls himself a “genius” while bragging about how he’s “like, really smart” is actually intelligent.
One where the very same economic numbers they once believed to be “fake” and “phony” are now completely real, even though they can’t pinpoint anything that’s changed in the way they’re calculated from the days when they didn’t believe that they were real.
One where saying you’re a “proud American who respects our nation’s values” somehow means turning away the “tired, poor huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” calling poor countries “sh*tholes,” and vilifying immigration unless it’s from predominately white, European countries.
One where they claim to “respect law enforcement and the rule of law” as they defend a “president” and political party actively trying to slander the FBI, the Department of Justice, and undermine a criminal investigation because the facts being discovered aren’t going how they want them to.
One where they claim to respect our Constitution, while frequently showing disdain toward the rights it gives to those they don’t believe should have them.