If there’s one thing I’ll give Republicans credit for, it’s that they are masters at pushing a message, talking point, or piece of propaganda once it’s been established. From the top of the party, through the conservative media, all the way out to their millions of supporters, like drones programmed to repeated what they’re told, you’ll hear these words and phrases repeated over and over and over.
My issue is, what Republicans say and what they actually do are often completely contradictory to one another. If you ask me, based upon what I’ve seen throughout my 20+ years following politics, I don’t think most Republicans actually understand the meanings of many of the words or phrases they use.
They call themselves Christians, yet don’t display any of the actual values for which Christ lived and died. They support economic policies that feed greed, while often vilifying the poor and needy.
They say they’re a party of fiscal responsibility, yet they haven’t had a president from their party balance the budget in over 50 years, while pushing for tax policies and defense spending that continually adds trillions to our debt.
They claim they’re pro-life, but then refuse to do anything to combat our nation’s rampant gun violence epidemic that claims the lives of thousands of Americans every year, often advocate for war, cut funding for programs that help provide much-needed assistance to the poor and needy, oppose universal health care, and proudly support the death penalty.
They claim they’re the party for “moral values,” yet they supported, defended, and elected a self-admitted sexual predator, while others defend an alleged child molester running for the U.S. Senate.
They claim to be about “small government,” yet want taxpayers to spend billions building a pointless border wall that will require the government to seize private lands, constantly try to pass legislation that governs the private lives of Americans, and often run on platforms that seek to force religious views on people who do not share them.
They say they’re all about the Constitution, while the “president” from their party criticizes Americans who protest, frequently attacks the judicial system, our Third Branch of government, and lashes out at our freedom of the press on an almost daily basis.
They throw around terms like “communist,” “socialist,” and “fascist” as if they’re completely interchangeable as opposed to being three different ideologies that are often in conflict with one another.
They often claim other people are the ones who are truly the racists as the KKK, white nationalists, and neo-Nazis proudly back their party and defend their current “president.”
They claim to be patriots who respect this country and our military, as they support and defend a “president” who’s mocked POWs, lied about how much money he had donated to veterans groups, criticized Gold Star Parents, said he was smarter than our generals, and called a Gold Star widow a liar after she publicly confirmed he had said of her recently deceased husband, “he knew what he signed up for.”
They claim to be fighting for “family values,” as they support and defend an adulterer on his third marriage, who has five kids from three different women, bragged about sexually assaulting women, and whose ex-wife has said on at least two occasions that he had almost nothing to do with his children until they were grown.
They claim to care about defending this country from our enemies, as they support and defend someone who would rather undermine the credibility of our own U.S. intelligence agencies, NATO, our allies, and even the United States Congress before he would say anything negative about the Russian tyrant who launched a sophisticated cyber attack against this country meant to undermine our democracy.
They say they care about someone who’ll put American jobs first, as they voted into office a man who runs a company that still, to this day, nearly a year after being elected to office and over 2 years since he launched his campaign, outsources most of his manufacturing jobs to other countries.
They claim to want a president who’s strong and possesses great leadership abilities, yet they elected a deranged, insecure, and weak narcissist who spends nearly every waking moment of his life trying to feed his fragile ego, constantly bragging about accomplishments he had nothing to do with, while never admitting anything he does is wrong.
They claim to respect the flag and the country for which it stands, while millions continue defending monuments and a flag that represent traitors who attacked this country and killed hundreds of thousands of American troops during the Civil War.
The list goes on and on. Time after time, Republicans epitomize the phrase, “Do as I say, not as I do.”
Based on my observations, it really does seem that the vast majority of Republican voters simply don’t understand what many of the words and phrases they use actually mean, or what “being patriotic” entails.