New Rule: You Can’t Call Yourself a Proud American While Supporting the Republican Party

ted cruz marco rubio syrian refugees immigrationIt’s time we put an end to the myth that the Republican party loves this countrythey don’t. Not to say that there aren’t some Republicans out there who do take great pride in the true values for which this nation stands, but it’s time to put an end to this charade of the GOP portraying itself as a party filled with patriotism and love for country.

Especially as millions of Republicans rush to embrace the fear-mongering, hateful – fascist – rhetoric of one Donald J. Trump, GOP presidential frontrunner.

As I stated on Twitter the other day, the debate’s over – Republicans have fully embraced fascism. If candidate Donald Trump has no problem discussing national data registries for Muslims, or all-out bans on Muslims entering the United States, how far would he take it if he were to ever become president? He’s already proven to be a bully against those with whom he disagrees; he’s tried to limit access to certain aspects of the media he feels are “unfair” (aka telling the truth about him); and he has no problem trying to blackmail people into getting his way – he’s our nation’s first legitimate fascist candidate for president of a major political party.

Sure, Republicans will deny that, but it’s the truth.

But even going beyond Trump, the disdain so many Republicans have for this country is obvious.

After all, isn’t this the party supported by millions of people who hate our government about as much as our enemies… who think a violent overthrow of that very same government is acceptable – just like our enemies? 

Not only that, but how many different groups of people in this country do most Republicans hate or vilify?

Well, let’s see:

  • Mexicans
  • Immigrants in general
  • Minorities
  • Women
  • The poor
  • Muslims
  • Progressives/Liberals/Democrats
  • The educated (aka elitists)
  • Environmentalists
  • Scientists

If you’re not a white, Christian, gun-loving denier of climate change, most Republicans have one reason or another to view you as some sort of “enemy to American values.”

So, how can a group of people be “proud, patriotic Americans” while hating various demographics of Americans that compromise over half of the U.S. population – along with its government?

And it’s not as if they’re actually fans of our Constitution. This is the party which has several presidential candidates who were essentially calling for the abolishment of the powers given to our Supreme Court after same-sex marriage was ruled Constitutional. To this day, Ted Cruz still refers to the court giving millions of Americans their Fourteenth Amendment rights as “judicial tyranny.”

To say nothing about their 40+ year attack on women’s rights and basically any Constitutional right given to someone who they don’t feel should have it.

But even going beyond all of that, their values just flat-out aren’t American.

There’s nothing “American” about being fearful, paranoid or hateful.

This nation was built on hope, courage and an understanding that freedom doesn’t come without risks. We didn’t win WWII; build the Interstate Highway system; pass Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; go to the moon; or create the strongest nation the world has ever seen because we were afraid.

But to listen to Republicans, they want people to be fearful of everything. They want guns in everyone’s hand, bans on all Muslims and for Americans to live their lives in constant fear – typically of the demographics I listed above.

That’s not America. We’re not a nation of bans, or walls or national registries to track a certain religion. We’re a nation of freedom and liberty… for all.

Instead, Republican politicians push propaganda perpetuating the flat-out absurd idea that most illegal immigrants are rapists and criminals. Many within the GOP support the idea that we should order law enforcement officials to tear apart the families of 11 million people as opposed to passing sensible immigration reform to rationally and humanely deal with the reality that the vast majority of those who’ve come here (albeit illegally) simply did so to make a better life for themselves and their families.

We’re a nation that looks our enemies in the eyes and tells them we will not cower in fear, change who we are or sacrifice our values – because that’s what they want us to do. True patriotic Americans understand that, while our enemies may wound us, they will not defeat us.

But these are all values that are in stark contrast to the values of the modern-day Republican party. A party that’s become nothing but a fear-mongering hate machine, built on propaganda, paranoia and ridiculous conspiracies. A party that’s somehow convinced millions that the United States should become a walled-in nation with armed guards on every corner… picking and choosing what nationalities or religions we let in.

That’s not patriotic, nor is it a representation of the true American values that built this great nation.

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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