I’ll Be a Republican If…

bearepublicanIn the endless debate between Democrats and Republicans, a lot of rhetoric is thrown back and forth between both sides.

I’m a liberal for a lot of reasons.  I believe in equal rights, that social programs are essential for a successful society, religion should be kept out of politics, that we can own guns and still pass sensible gun regulations, that health care should be a right not a privilege and our economy should be built from the middle out, not the top down—just for starters.

But I’ll tell you what Republicans, I’ll become a Republican if you can tell me:

  • How we can build a successful society in which we don’t have the poor to work the jobs most of us don’t want to work, for pay we want no part of and have everyone makes enough money to qualify to pay income taxes and health insurance.  All while keeping the cost of products at the same basic rate of inflation we’ve seen for decades.  Because trust me, the single mother of 2 making $10 an hour at a full-time job won’t be able to do so, she’d need to be earning a minimum of $30k year.  And very few people flipping burgers or folding clothes are making over $10 an hour—let alone $30k per year.
  • If guns have nothing to do with gun violence, because people kill people, how are these bullets entering the bodies of their victims?  Are these murderers throwing the bullets at their targets?
  • How we can provide health care to children of poor parents, keep them fed and give them the best education and opportunities possible—yet eliminate welfare programs, make health care so expensive their parents won’t be able to afford it and cut funding for education.  Remember, children are innocent and Republicans claim to be “pro-life,” you simply cannot abandon the child once it’s born to fend for itself.  Many Republicans claim life is so sacred—well, life does extend beyond the womb, which current Republican policy seems to forget.
  • Why we shouldn’t pass a law right now that requires women to be paid the same as a man for the same job.
  • How freedom of religion means a government created by a singular religion.  Because I hate to break it to you, even as Christians there are many denominations that can’t even agree on how to worship their own faith.  So just how was this country founded to be ruled by a faith that its own followers can’t even agree upon?
  • How the opposition to same-sex marriage is anything but a violation of our First Amendment, as “homosexuality is a sin” and “traditional marriage” come from religion.  Again, the whole “freedom of religion” thing.
  • If the only way to create jobs is “tax cuts,” how did we create millions of jobs with higher taxes?  Here’s a fun thought, if the only way you can create jobs is by cutting taxes, what do you do when tax rates are so low you really can’t cut taxes anymore?  How do you create jobs then?  Maybe–demand?  You know, the real reason companies create jobs.
  • What society in human history that was successfully built on low taxes, small government and very few regulations?  Because we sure weren’t.  The United States wasn’t a world power, or all that wealthy, until after WWII—when we had much higher taxes and strong unions.
  • How you can be a “Constitutional American,” yet openly seek to restrict the Constitutionally protected right of a woman’s right to choose.  Isn’t your opposition to women having this right, when our Supreme Court deemed it Constitutional, the opposite of a Constitutional American?
  • If our Second Amendment wasn’t meant to have any regulations, why is the phrase “well regulated” written at the very beginning?
  • If you believe our Bill of Rights is absolute, do you support the right for someone to yell “bomb” on an airplane?  And if you don’t support that right, aren’t you then restricting freedom of speech?  You know, placing a “regulation” on it.
  • If communities will “take care of their own” (making FEMA unnecessary) why do Republicans always request aid and money from FEMA when their states/districts get impacted by a disaster?
  • How are Republicans the party for “Christian values” when they ignore everything Jesus taught?
  • If corruption within our financial sector was the main cause of our economic collapse, and tax cuts for the rich (along with 2 unfunded wars) were the main contributing factors to our national debt—why should we reduce our deficits by cutting programs that help the poor and middle class?
  • If Trickle Down Economics works, and is the economic policy for the “fiscally conservative,” why has our national debt gone from hundreds of billions to over $16 trillion since we began its practice in the 1980’s?

There are more, but I’ll stop there.

So, can conservatives answer these questions?  If so, maybe I’ll just be a Republican.

But then again, we all know they can’t.

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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