My 5 Favorite Conservative Hypocrisies and Contradictions

hypocrisy-meterAnyone who follows my writing knows there’s a pretty constant theme in most things I write — I believe conservatives are huge hypocrites.  They believe in so many contradicting beliefs that sometimes when debating them I literally have to fight back laughter because it’s just so completely absurd.

So I thought it would be fun, and a good discussion topic, to list five of my favorite conservative hypocrisies and contradictions.

These aren’t going to be in any particular order — and there are many more than just five — but I didn’t want to make the list too long.

Alright, let’s go!

#1 Freedom of Speech

I had to start with this one.  Following the ridiculous reaction by many conservatives about Phil Robertson’s comments concerning homosexuals and African Americans (which resulted in A&E suspending him), the idiocy and hypocrisy by a lot of these people was so blatant I really couldn’t wrap my mind around just how ridiculous it was.

The First Amendment (as it relates to speech) is pretty simple.  It protects our right to say almost anything we want without fear of legal prosecution by the government.  What it doesn’t do is allow Americans to say anything they want at any time they want about anything under the sun, without being held accountable for those comments by other entities — such as an employer or a group of their peers.

But where were these people defending Martin Bashir when he was more or less forced to resign after making a disgusting remark about Sarah Palin?  Hell, Sarah Palin herself had the nerve to actually come out defending Phil Robertson, after she called for Bashir’s punishment following his comments about her.

Also, where were these people rabidly defending Alec Baldwin when he was fired for his anti-gay remarks to a member of the paparazzi?

And let’s not forget the conservative uproar a few years ago when the Dixie Chicks dared to insult George W. Bush.  They sure as hell didn’t like free speech then.

But the truth is, the only freedom of speech they really care to defend is speech they agree with.  They’re often extremely quick to come out and bash those who say anything they might disagree with or find offensive.

#2 Pro-Life 

Ah, the never ending abortion debate.  It’s clear the Republican party is extremely anti-abortion.  They like to call themselves “pro-life” in a clear PR move to paint themselves as the defenders of life.

Ironic, considering many of these states that are “strongly conservative” lead the nation in their use of the death penalty.  I live in Texas, which is of course a very conservative state.  These “pro-life” Republicans actually brag about how often this state executes convicted murderers.

Now, I know their response, “Criminals give up their right to life by committing horrific acts.”  Which is an argument someone could make.  I’m not here to debate that issue.  I just felt like pointing out the hypocrisy between calling yourself “pro-life” while bragging about how often your state kills human beings.

Or we could go the welfare route and focus on how often Republicans push for deep cuts to programs that help feed the poor and provide health care access to Americans desperately need.  How exactly is it pro-life to support cuts to programs that put food on the plates of hungry children?  How is denying Americans affordable health care, resulting in many Americans dying far sooner than they should have, “pro-life?”

And I’m not even going to get into how many people have died due to the wars that have been started while Republicans were in charge.

#3 Small Government 

This one is really just comical.  Republicans love government.  Well, as long as they’re using the government to enforce their ideology — like denying the right for homosexuals to marry or restricting a woman’s right to have control over her own body.  Then they’re the first ones proclaiming their love for the government by passing new, highly intrusive laws invading the private lives of Americans.

Just look at how much government they now want involved when we exercise our right to vote.

And I can promise you this: if they had their way, we’d see far more laws being passed (especially on social issues) which intruded into the private lives of Americans.

#4 Christian Values 

I’m going to keep this one real simple.

Jesus Christ devoted in life (and spoke at length about) helping the poor, the needy, accepting others, loving others, being hopeful and not judging those who are different from yourself.  Oh, and he often warned against greed and false prophets.

You don’t worship someone who lived their lives devoted to those values by supporting a political party that’s constantly cutting funding for the needy; judging the poor; hating people different from themselves; being afraid and paranoid; then supporting economic policies that are built on feeding greed while everyone else pays the price.

That’s called doing the complete opposite of what Jesus Christ stood for.

It makes absolutely no sense.

#5 Fiscal Responsibility 

Another laughable claim by conservatives.  Look, you can’t go over five decades since a president from your party balanced the budget and call yourselves the party for “fiscal responsibility.”

Hell, even the “conservative icon” Ronald Reagan nearly quadrupled our national debt in his eight years in office.  George W. Bush then doubled it during his eight years.

Like with free speech and big government, they actually love spending giant heaps of money on programs that they agree with (big oil subsidies, tax breaks aiding corporate welfare and giant defense contracts) and only become “fiscally responsible” whenever that spending doesn’t fit their party’s narrative.

Well, there’s 5 of my favorite conservative hypocrisies and contradictions.  Like I said, there are many more I could have listed.

Feel free to add yours to the list.

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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