The Politics of Hate: The Cornerstone of the Republican Party

hateI think it’s fairly obvious that I don’t agree with conservatives on many issues, but I’ve never seen such vile fear and hatred like I’ve seen since President Obama was elected.

Is it partially because he’s half African-American?  Undoubtedly.

Anyone who denies that the tea party is built on a foundation of racism is either lying to you or lying to themselves.  As the saying goes, “Not all tea partiers are racist, but almost all racists are members of the tea party.”

But conservative hate goes well beyond simple racism.  They hate Muslims, women, homosexuals, immigrants, people on welfare, the poor in general – pretty much anyone who isn’t a straight, white Christian male.

They don’t just opposes these people, they generally have strong feelings of disdain toward them.

Now I’m not saying liberals are innocent of this.  I’ve seen many “open-minded,” “non-judgmental” liberals display reprehensible levels of ignorance and hate as well.  But there’s a difference – they comprise the fringe reaches of the Democratic party.  They don’t drive our policy.

Sure, conservatives think they do because that’s what Fox News and other right-wing pundits tell them.  But they don’t.

But for the Republican party – specifically the tea party – the right-wing radicals do run the party.  And these people are filled with absolute hate.

They don’t just oppose homosexuals, they hate homosexuality.  They don’t just oppose immigration reform, they hate the idea of offering a path to citizenship for undocumented workers who’ve been upstanding members of our society.  They don’t just oppose sensible gun regulations, they hate anyone who even hints at the fact that we should pass them.

I think you get the picture.

They’ve based much of their platform not just off opposing those with which they disagree – they hate them.

On some levels it’s genius.  Outside of religion (another tool they obviously use) fear and hate are fantastic strategies to manipulate and motivate people.

Conduct an ordinary election in a place like Alabama between two candidates for any particular office and you’ll get some people to show up.  Add alongside that election a vote to legalize some form of gay rights and people will turn out in much larger numbers specifically to oppose gay Americans being treated equally.

Conservatives don’t really care about being factual or truthful because they don’t need to be.  Their primary goal is to peddle as much propaganda to their voters as possible in an attempt to make them so afraid, and full of hate, that they’ll believe practically anything.  And at that point no amount of factual information presented to these people will matter, because their minds have already been consumed by hate and fear.

Then they set up a media platform that basically tells its viewers, “We are the only ones telling you the truth.  Anyone who says we’re wrong, or shows you anything contrary to what we’ve told you, is lying.  Any evidence they show you proving what we say is wrong is just part of the conspiracy to cover up the truth.”

That’s the Republican party and the entire conservative movement in a nutshell – with emphasis on the word “nut.”

And that’s what we have in this country.  The Republican party has been built by the politics of hate, driven by fear and solidified by ignorance.

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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