It Takes A Special Kind of Stupid to be a Modern Day Republican

republicans-stop-fooling-yourselvesOnce upon a time, the GOP was actually a great party. This was the party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower – some of our nation’s greatest presidents. However, these are also men who could never be modern day Republicans. Hell, “conservative icon” Ronald Reagan probably couldn’t survive a GOP primary right now. Could you imagine someone who negotiated with Iran; raised taxes; passed amnesty for illegal immigrants; and spoke out against the private ownership of assault weapons being someone who could win this Republican primary?

Let’s just think about this. The Republican party has gone from great men like Lincoln, Roosevelt and Eisenhower – to a 70-year-old man-child who throws hissy fits in public, Donald Trump.

But with today’s Republicans, you really do have to be a special kind of stupid to believe the nonsense that the party sells their supporters. How many different conspiracies need to not come true before these people think to themselves, “Wait, so another talking point didn’t happen. Maybe they’re lying to me”?

For years they said “Obamacare” was going to kill job creation – it hasn’t. In fact, we’ve seen the longest stretch of private sector job growth in our nation’s history. And don’t even give me any nonsense about wages. Income inequality has been an issue for the last 36 years. This isn’t something that magically began when President Obama was elected. In fact, some of the worst years for income inequality we’ve seen since before the Great Depression happened the years prior to the Great Recession – during the Bush administration.

Not only that, but whatever happened to those “death panels”? Oh, yeah, that was another Republican lie.

And I’m not even going to get into the ridiculous nonsense surrounding Obama’s citizenship or religion. Considering he’s proven, undoubtedly, that he’s a Christian American – many Republicans still aren’t sure if his presidency is legitimate and believe he’s a Muslim. Because as I’ve pointed out before, it doesn’t really matter what the actual truth is – modern day Republicans simply believe whatever the heck they want to believe.

Then there’s the constant barrage of lies about Hillary Clinton. First it was Benghazi and how she was going to be in prison because of that. Of course, that will never happen. Especially now that she lost.

Then because Benghazi failed to gain the traction they wanted to take her down, they targeted the email nonsense. Even though the conservative media claimed for months that “anonymous sources” said an indictment was “imminent,” it never happened. Republicans just threw that out there because they know their supporters are dumb enough to believe it.

Not only that, but if Clinton should go to prison for her private email server, then Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice really should be right behind her considering they also handled retroactively classified information on a private server. Not only that, based on Powell’s hacked emails, he admitted to purposely bypassing State Department security protocols.

You really have to be rather ignorant to think Clinton would ever be sent to prison for this even if she had been found “guilty” of something. I would like to point out that former General David Petraeus knowingly gave a former mistress and biographer classified information, and was found guilty of mishandling classified materials. He was charged with a misdemeanor.

Then there’s always gas prices. Remember a couple of years ago when they creeped up toward $4 nationally and Republicans were falling all over themselves to blame President Obama? Funny, now that we’re seeing the lowest gas prices we’ve seen in over a decade – I don’t see them thanking President Obama for that. Then again, a president really doesn’t have much to do with gas prices. But it is rather ridiculous to blame him for high gas prices when you’re not going to also “blame” him when they’re low.

We can’t forget the war terror. Amazing that the president whose decisions in Afghanistan led to him ordering the killing of Osama bin Ladin can somehow be labeled the “one who’s made us less safe” – while people like Marco Rubio will say that the president in office during the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history “kept us safe.” To say nothing about how George W. Bush’s Iraq War completely destabilized the Middle East – now they’re trying to blame that, too, on President Obama since he “pulled troops out of Iraq.” Meanwhile, reality tells us that all he did was enforce the SOFA agreement Bush signed in 2008 that set the deadline for when all U.S. troops had to leave.

Fun Fact: Dick Cheney called the removal of all U.S. troops from Iraq a “sign of success” and praised it at the time.

Again, tell me how something Dick Cheney praised that was signed by Bush… is somehow President Obama’s fault.

Republicans tell lie after lie after lie, with practically none of them coming true, and Republican voters never seem to realize that they’re being lied to and manipulated. Then again, in a rather odd phenomenon, these people seem to believe in a reality where all of these lies are true – even if there’s no credible evidence outside of right-wing blogs and memes to “prove” any of it.

While I know there are sane, moderate Republicans still left out there, they really no longer have a party. Long gone are the days of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Eisenhower. Now it’s a party built on fear, hate, bigotry, racism, religious fanaticism and the myth of Ronald Reagan. It’s supported by people whose own politicians treat them like mindless idiots – and they absolutely love every minute of it.

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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