Many Republicans are Finally Realizing What Progressives Have Known All Along

jeb-bush-2016For a while now I’ve been predicting the impending collapse of the Republican party. From the moment they embraced the tea party in 2008, I figured they were doomed. When they did that, they allowed crazy folks to seize the narrative of what it means to be a Republican. Once you unleash that beast, it’s almost impossible to stop it from taking over.

That’s exactly how you end up with Donald Trump and Ben Carson as your party’s two presidential frontrunners – two men who have absolutely no business being anywhere near the White House. But because they’re essentially nothing more than the personification of basically every conservative blog on the Internet, they’ve skyrocketed to become the overwhelming leaders among a herd of GOP presidential hopefuls.

Then we have the Speaker of the House position. For all intents and purposes, John Boehner is very conservative. Yet despite being one of the most obstructive Speakers of the House in modern history (if not ever), he’s absolutely despised by a large chunk of conservative Americans because he dared to actually govern a few times over the last 5 years –  when he absolutely had to. 

Paul Ryan gets mentioned as probably the only member of the House who might be able to get the 218 votes needed to win, and then suddenly even he’s not conservative enough for many of the tea party members of the House. The guy who worships Ayn Rand and wants to gut entitlements, in today’s GOP, is now too liberal for the tea party.


Even several of the current Republican presidential candidates have recently expressed frustration with how absurd their party has become. From Lindsey Graham to Jeb Bush to John Kasich, they’ve all seemed rather shocked that their party has enthusiastically embraced buffoons like Trump and Carson.

The problem is, they should have seen this coming.

Have Republicans like Boehner, Ryan, Bush, Kasich and Graham not been paying attention these last six years? Did they not think that the incessant fear-mongering, lies, propaganda and continued embrace of ridiculous conspiracy theories as mainstream political discourse within their party would all eventually backfire?

The fact that these mainstream Republicans seem confused by the rise of people like Trump and Carson only proves how delusional they’ve been about what the GOP has become.

I live in Texas, so I’ve seen this radical and crazy nonsense for quite a while now, but the tea party really put it on a national stage for all to see.  Their foolishness and ignorance has become much worse over the last several years as they’ve attempted to push their extreme views into the mainstream.

The bottom line is, today’s GOP is driven by right-wing fan fiction. Conservatives don’t care about the truth, the facts or even how our government works. All they care about or believe is what they’re told by the conservative media; meanwhile, the conservative media is largely driven by pushing lies, propaganda, conspiracy theories and a whole host of other foolishness that’s great for page clicks, website traffic and ratings – but absolutely terrible for the country.

If any Republican is truly shocked that most conservatives in this country are currently supporting asinine candidates like Donald Trump or Ben Carson – then they sure as heck don’t seem to know conservatives very well. Based on the rhetoric that’s currently the foundation of the modern-day Republican party, those two clowns headlining the GOP presidential circus makes perfect sense.

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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