I’m Ashamed Republicans Represent My Country

republican-presidential-debateI’ve never been proud of the antics of the Republican party, but I’ve never really felt true shame that these people represent my country until the last few months. I’ve reached a point where I can’t even engage in dialogue with most conservatives because the plane of idiocy and irrationality on which they operate makes any sort of sane discourse essentially impossible.

I get numerous messages every single week from conservatives proclaiming their belief that President Obama is working with ISIS. It’s one thing to disagree with a president, but it’s an entirely different level of insanity to suggest that one is aligned with the worst terrorist organization that’s ever existed to destroy the United States. Then again, these are the same folks who thought Jade Helm was a plot by the Obama administration to seize guns. Sadly, these sorts of ridiculous conspiracy theories have become the norm among many Republicans.

This is also the party that has Donald Trump and Ben Carson as its two leading presidential candidates: a 69-year-old infant who throws hissy fits on Twitter almost daily and a former brain surgeon who thinks the pyramids in Egypt were grain storages and clearly doesn’t know anything about the Middle East.

Nowadays the Republican party is nothing more than our country’s largest hate group. Not only is hate-filled rhetoric allowed, but it’s encouraged.

Hell, Trump’s “plan” is to get elected president then proceed to deport 12 million immigrants to who knows where. Apparently Trump believes every illegal immigrant in the U.S. is from Mexico as that’s the only nation he typically references. Despite the fact that this “plan” is completely unrealistic and flat-out inhumane, it’s embraced by the majority of conservatives.

And let’s not forget about Trump’s latest suggestion that Muslims might need to be tagged and registered into a database to be tracked. You know, sort of like the Nazis did to the Jews before WWII.

We have the Syrian refugee crisis where these so-called “Christians” are blatantly fear-mongering to their ignorant base – something that might actually be funny if it wasn’t for the fact that these scumbags are playing politics with the lives of thousands of desperate people fleeing almost certain death.

Because that’s what this anti-refugee nonsense is – Republicans playing politics. They know we’ve allowed over 80k Iraqi refugees into the country since 2007, and several thousand from Syria already, but that doesn’t stop them from irrationally fear-mongering all for the sake of trying to galvanize the hate and ignorance that drives their party.

It’s like I recently wrote, the Republican party is engulfed with adults who act like children. For instance, Ted Cruz recently told President Obama to insult him “to his face” after the president mocked Republicans for being terrified of 3-year-old orphans and widows. Apparently it’s now acceptable for GOP presidential candidates to use the immature “say it to my face” line, a phrase usually uttered by drunk 21-year-olds trying to act tough.

Then Mr. “Super Christian” himself, Ben Carson, compared refugees to ‘rabid dogs’. I guess he’s unaware that Jesus Christ himself was a refugee.

Other Republicans like Jeb Bush have suggested only accepting Christian refugees, though he literally shrugged his shoulders in uncertainty when he was asked how we would go about identifying who was or wasn’t a Christian. Yes, even Bush isn’t sure how his “plan” would work. Only further proving that this “Christian-only” foolishness is nothing but a line to pander to those who are dumb enough to buy into it.

It is embarrassing that this sort of behavior is acceptable in one of our nation’s two largest political parties; that hate, intolerance and blatant fear-mongering are now part of the norm among a good portion of our society.

But mostly I’m ashamed that when many people around the world think of Americans, it’s these small-minded, ignorant Republicans who are the ones who come to mind first.

From the party of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Eisenhower to the party of Trump, Carson and Cruz – the GOP has become a caricature of a political party and an embarrassment to the United States.

Hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and let me know if you agree.

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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