Once upon a time the political debates I engaged in with conservatives centered around our difference of opinion when it came to economic policies, social ideological differences, and the general nature of politics. While those discussions could often be rather maddening, I rarely felt as if I was dealing with some sort of crazy person who lived in an alternate form of reality.
Unfortunately, nowadays, I find myself walking away from debates with conservatives legitimately shocked that there are so many of these reality-devoid people walking around among us.
I’ve never seen anything like what I’ve witnessed over the last few years. We’re now dealing with millions of people who deny legitimate factual data, while blindly believing anything and everything Donald Trump says.
Of course, it’s not just Trump; many Republicans have sold their souls to jump aboard this propaganda train of lunacy where up is down and lies are truth. Individuals such as Mike Huckabee, resident guitar player and Christian hypocrite.
Here’s an actual quote from a Tuesday morning interview Huckabee did with Fox & Friends where they were discussing whether or not racism played a part in the disdain many southern conservatives have for President Obama:
The rejection of Barack Obama in the South had nothing to do with race, it had to do with policy.
It’s clear people like Huckabee, Trump and practically the entire Republican Party know their supporters are rather brainwashed for them to say things like this with a straight face.
Is every conservative in the South who opposes President Obama a racist? Of course not. But to deny that race played a huge part concerning why so many on the right had such an irrational hatred of him is bonafide ignorance.
I live in the South. I couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve heard President Obama referred to — openly in public without hesitation or shame — by some sort of derogatory name for African Americans since he was elected.
The “South,” as in the traditional meaning of the word (aka former Confederate states), is always on the wrong side of history — especially as it relates to racism. These are the people who honor the flag of an army that committed treason against the United States in a war where those treasonous individuals fought and died hoping to preserve the right to own other human beings as property.
Then after they lost that war, these same states spent another century fighting to keep segregation thriving, denying African Americans their Constitutional rights, while often viewing them as less than human.
I think it’s important to remind everyone reading this that, while segregation ended over 50 years ago, there are people who are still alive today who supported it. So it’s not as if we’re that far away from a time in this country where it was legal to tell an African American they couldn’t drink from the same water fountain as a white person — because there are still people in the South alive today who supported that blatant and deplorable racism.
And it just so happens that nearly every state which fought for the right to own human beings as property, and did everything they could to keep segregation and discrimination legal, is a strongly Republican state today.
However, even with generation after generation of shameful racism being linked to these southern states, even as recently as 50 years ago, Huckabee sat there and claimed that racism:
- Had nothing to do with the vile hatred so many in the South felt toward President Obama.
- Had nothing to do with the insane conspiracies these people believe about him.
- Had nothing to do with the fact that the tea party (which is comprised mostly of rural whites — just like much of the South and other “red states”) just happened to spring up as a political force right when our nation’s first African American president was elected.
- Had nothing to do with their belief that he’s not a Christian.
- Had nothing to do with millions of them who still don’t believe he’s an American.
It brings up a saying I’ve been using a lot here lately: I’m not sure what’s more pathetic, the fact that Mike Huckabee actually said this, or that millions of people believe it. I’m not quite sure which is worse, but I do know one thing — this is a perfect example of how delusional Republicans have become.
Watch his comments below (around the 6:30 mark) via Fox News: