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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  • Steve Sneed

    Cowards need others to fear more than they do, to make them not feel so embarrassed by their own fear. And the easiest way to hide from your own fear is to hate whatever you perceives as – or can be convinced of what is – the source of that fear. If you can sell your hate to others, you kill two birds with one stone: make yourself feel less like a coward, and gain power over those to whom you sell your hatred.

    • sciteach123

      Is that why you “liberals” are so hate-filed and intolerant that you feel the need to stop people from speaking their minds? Look what happens to CEO’s like the guy from Firefox who say one word against homosexual marriage. Face it, you are the bigots and the haters.

  • charleo1

    Hate, and radical ideology is what you get, when your message, and campaigns are formulated, and funded by a few very wealthy individuals,
    and corporate pacs. That have the ability, and make it a point, to go after
    any politician, anywhere in the Country, at any level, that fails to tow the line. And that line is determined, and entirely hashed out, long before the campaign season ever begins. And they let their politicians know, on each piece of legislation that comes before them, how they expect them to vote. And remember, this is across the entire government strata at all levels. From local city councils, and State Houses, to the U.S. Congress. The extremely diluted gun bill is a perfect example of big money interests, taking care of their own. As the time approached for a vote, they let their Congress members on both sides of the isle know, that this vote will be, “scored.” Every member in Congress knows exactly what that means.
    Although it would be of little, or no concern to Norquist, and, “Citizens for
    tax reform,” or the Koch’s, “Americans for Prosperity,” if gun regulation passed. They will by previous arrangement, collectively in mass, attack
    any member that votes in it’s favor. A bigger threat to Republicans,
    perhaps, due to their completely screwed up primary process. However,
    Democrats are not immune to well financed, and strongly backed opponents, of their own, or the opposition’s. It’s how a bill fails to pass with, 90/95% percent of the public being in support of common sense, gun regulation.
    This friends, is what the Supreme Court sees as corporations, and billionaires, exercising their Constitutional Right, to free speech. Also, in
    this light, is it any mystery politicians no longer seem to care what they say?
    How they vote, has already been decided, before they enter the hallowed
    halls of Congress!

  • Sunny Ray

    The GOP became US’ cancer.

    • sciteach123

      It is the Democrats who are the cancer and the good American people just voted their butts out of power.

      • Favpapa

        Yep and next the good American people will vote out repukes…its what we the people do…flip flop.

      • Kay

        You are clearly a Republican and a dumb one at that because the last time i checked dumb dumb it was the Democrat’s who were in power. All you scum know is how to start war’s and HATE. HATE is your mantra.

  • Sandy Greer

    I used to just feel sorry for them: Hate weighs heavy on a heart, and makes a person all ugly inside.

    But GOP/TeaPug/conservative ‘hate’ is insidious, growing, and becoming increasingly dangerous.

    I’m just one vote, but I say: Vote ’em the Hell outta Dodge!

    • sciteach123

      You are obviously one of the biggest haters out there. Liberalism is built on hate. Hate of this country, hate of all the good values that have built this country such as family and decent morals. Liberalism is the least tolerant of any philosophy. And guess what Sandy; we just voted you guys the hell out of Dodge. How do you like them apples?

      • Favpapa

        Jesus was liberal. GOP are Satan.

      • Curt Williams

        Hate is the Cornerstone of the New Democrat Party
        I think it’s fairly obvious that I don’t agree with liberals on many issues, but I’ve never seen such vile fear and hatred like I’ve seen since President Elect Trump was elected. Anyone who denies that the democrat party is full of hatred is either lying to you or lying to themselves.

  • Charles Vincent

    The politics of the left, doing most all of the things they blame the right for plus denial that they themselves do them.

    • Jim Bean

      “Quinn’s Laws of Liberalism” #2: If you want to know what liberals are up to, pay attention to what they accuse the conservatives of.

  • strayaway

    The nuttiest comment found in this article is this, “But for the Republican party – specifically the tea party – the right-wing radicals do run the party.” The author must have been sleeping through the 2012 Republican convention when status quo neocon forces changed convention rules and voice votes as they saw fit. I assure you that grass root tea party and libertarian voices are not in control of the Republican Party. When issues that separate the two sides of the Republican Party get voted on in the Senate, for instance, like spying on Americans or bombing Libya comes up, only about 15-20 Senators usually vote with Paul and Cruz. The rest of the Republicans vote with most Democrats for the Bush/Obama police/war/taxation state.

    Really, the tone of the article is that of hate or at least unfettered arrogance.

  • Jim Bean

    The ability of Left wing propagandists to appropriate criticism of Obama to white racism is pretty astounding when you consider its directed at the same white people who voted to put him in office despite having a white candidate as an alternate choice.

    • Sandy Greer

      Do you seriously suggest that Ted Nugent – who calls Obama a “subhuman mongrel” – voted to put him in office despite having a white candidate as an alternate choice?


      You don’t want to look at racism within conservative ranks, even when it’s staring you right in the face. Call it Left wing propaganda, put forth by Left wing propagandists.

      Now it’s true white people voted for Obama. But it wasn’t white racist conservatives voted for him. Hell, white racist conservatives couldn’t even vote for Herman Cain, LOL

      They SURE as Hell wouldn’t vote Obama.

      ^^^We’re not buying what you’re selling.

      True, some whites who voted Obama criticize him (say, public option vs. ACA, or more recently, TPP) But we don’t go all racist in our criticism, and that’s NOT who we call racist!

      Nope. We call racist those who call our president a “subhuman mongrel”. Or a monkey from Kenya. Call his wife Moochelle. You know, the ones who say he should be strung up, and lynched. Who fly the Confed flag outside the White House at TeaPug rallies, and wear T-shirts emblazoned ‘Put the WHITE back in the White House’ when they campaign for Romney (who beat Herman Cain)

      For you to say it’s the “same white people” who voted to put him in office (despite a white candidate) are the VERY same racists criticizing him:

      Is just fallacious.

      ^^^Again: We’re not buying what you’re selling.

      • Jim Bean

        Bull. Any white person who criticizes him get’s called a racists & no liberal holds their tongue because they don’t know whether that person might have voted for him. Liberals never, ever, exercise that level of discretion.

      • Sandy Greer

        Oh, poor Jim Bean. His cross to bear that “no liberal holds their tongue” when it comes to racism, such as:

        1) Calling our president a “subhuman mongrel”
        2) Calling him a monkey from Kenya
        3) Calling the First Lady Moochelle
        4) Saying he should be strung up, and lynched
        5) Flying the Confed flag outside the White House at TeaPug rallies
        6) Wearing T-shirts emblazoned ‘Put the WHITE back in the White House’ on the campaign trail for Romney

        ^^^Those pesky liberals just won’t “hold their tongues”. Wanna know why? Because if we left it up to conservatives to protest racism:

        We’d be waiting forever, now, wouldn’t we?

      • Jim Bean

        Yes. You WOULD be waiting forever because it would then go away. And we can’t have that now, can we?

      • Sandy Greer

        So: If we can just sweep all that Racism back under the rug:

        It’ll all just…go away?

        You don’t oppose our president being called a “subhuman mongrel”, or a monkey from Kenya. Or wife being called Moochelle, and folks advocate he be strung up, and lynched. Confed flag outside the White House? Folks that want the WHITE back in the White House?

        ^^^Not a peep from you. No. What YOU’VE got a problem with is pesky liberals won’t “hold their tongues” about all that Racism. Pesky liberals just won’t sweep it all back under the rug, so Jim Bean can be comfortable again.

        You think if we see no evil, and speak no evil, there IS no evil.

      • Jim Bean

        I think that whenever you claim victimhood and request special consideration as recompense, you perpetuate whatever it is you profess to be the victim of. What do you want to see happen? Do you want to persuade people to genuinely change their viewpoints? Or do you just want them to shut up? Who giving Ted all the publicity? It sure ain’t the Right.

      • Sandy Greer

        What do I want? Good question.

        I know I can’t persuade racists not to get their hate on, and call blacks subhuman monkeys, and advocate they be lynched for the color of their skin.

        But I want people who think that’s wrong to speak up.

        Sarah Palin & Ted Cruz (IF they think it’s wrong) should speak up: They saw the Confed flag waved outside the White House, when they spoke at the rally. But voiced no objection to overt Racism.

        Mitt Romney (IF he thinks it wrong) should say so, when his followers wear T-shirts: “Put the WHITE back in the White House”. He said nothing. I don’t believe he’s racist. But he said nothing.

        Forget these things were done to, and said about, Prez Obama & First Lady, whom you oppose. IF they were just ordinary black folks enduring such things:

        Would you think it OK?

        If not, you should say so.

        The Obama presidency has been a catalyst that brought right-wing Racism out from beneath the rug, into the open. Those who perpetuate it don’t care what Lefties say.

        But I know that ALL conservatives and ALL Repubs are not racist. Those who are not, and who think Racism is wrong:

        Should say so. Because one thing for sure, it’s not being swept under the rug again.

        ^^^THAT’S what I want. Thanks for asking.

      • Jim Bean

        Maybe when you all start speaking up about the extraordinarily high black crime rate, and the extraordinarily high and devastating single mother rate, and the extraordinarily high high school drop out rate, and the extraordinarily racist and violent lyrics of rap songs coming from the black community – maybe then – when you’ve dispelled any impression of complacency on your part – maybe they will.

      • Sandy Greer

        So that’s your answer. Deflection. Point your finger at something else:

        Can’t stand against Racism, because there are so many other ills in society.

        One thing’s for sure: Somebody who doesn’t think Racism is wrong SURE doesn’t care about black on black crime.

        Single mothers bother you because you resent your tax dollars having to help.

        HS dropouts bother you to the extent it affects crime.

        Rap? Lotsa people don’t like rap (even non-racists) for the ‘beat’. Lyrics? Deflection again.

        Go sell it somewhere else. Nobody here is buying what you’re selling.

        Racism existed LONG before your ‘ills of society’. You resent the symptoms, and would apply bandages there, but have no care for the disease itself.

      • Cynthia

        the use of the word discretion from someone stomping for republican party, I really did have to laugh out loud. Turn on Faux News and continue.

      • Jim Bean

        Seen the Gruber video tapes yet?

      • congero

        yea and you just got your butt and fox talking points smashed in your face by swooper over at mm. your game is tired and old and getting your hat handed to all too common.

        Both of those assertions are false — and demonstrably so.

        The Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation scored the individual mandate as increasing revenue by $4 billion in 2016, and, on average, “an estimated $5 billion will be collected per year over the 2017–2024 period.” Whether they viewed the mandate as a “tax” or not would not have affected their analysis because the economic effect is the same whether it is called a tax or a penalty. That penalty is collected under the Internal Revenue Code and policy makers have always claimed — and detractors complained about — the fact that individuals would have report it on their tax returns “as an addition to income tax liability.”

        That same office — which produced a flurry of cost estimates throughout the legislative process — was also plainly clear that healthy people would have to subsidize sick people in a larger health care insurance pool. In this letter dated November 30, 2009 to then-Democratic Senator Evan Bayh (IN): “some provisions of the legislation would tend to decrease or increase the premiums paid by all insurance enrollees, while other provisions would tend to increase the premiums paid by healthier enrollees relative to those paid by less healthy enrollees or would tend to increase the premiums paid by younger enrollees relative to those paid by older enrollees.”

        That concept of healthy people subsidizing the sick was also widely covered in media reports. In a Sep. 29, 2009 story titled, “Age and higher premiums go together,” Associated Press reporter Erica Werner explained that the various reform bills making their way through Congress rely on a concept called “community rating,” in which insurers would only be allowed to vary premiums by certain factors such as age, geographic area and tobacco use, within certain limits. Tying the rates of younger and healthier people to the rates of older and sicker beneficiaries causes the former to pay more.

        In the House, Democrats sought to impose “an age rating limit of 2 to 1, meaning that a 60-year-old could only be charged twice as much as a 20-year-old based on age,” Werner wrote, while the Senate measure had “originally had proposed a 5 to 1 age rating limit.”

        The question was relentlessly discussed in health committees and the White House’s very public webpage about President Barack Obama’s own health care proposal states that he wants to “limit premium variation based on age.” In fact, the president addressed the issue repeatedly while making the public case for reform.

        During a 2009 forum with the AARP, Obama explained that “part of the insurance reforms we want to institute is to make sure that there’s what’s called a community rating principle” that would “reduce costs or level out costs for older Americans.” At a bipartisan White House forum on health care the following year, Obama said that healthy and sick people would enroll in a large insurance pool in order to better balance the risk and the cost of insurance. “[Y]ou get the healthy and the young people alongside the not-so-healthy and the older people. But we’re all kind of spreading our risk, because each of us don’t know at any given time what might happen,” Obama explained.

        The idea of cross-subsidization was routinely used by Republican critics and lawmakersto slam Obama’s health care effort in 2009 and 2010, but it had been embraced by the GOP during debate over President Bill Clinton’s health care bill. In fact, an alternative to Clinton’s plan sponsored by Republican Sens. John Chafee (RI) and Bob Dole (KS) would have “spread risks and costs more broadly” by requiring insurers to adopt “modified community rating.”

        Lawmakers were aware that this aspect of health reform could be seen as controversial, but they spoke about it openly without attempting to hide its effect. As Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) explained during a February 2, 1994 Senate Finance Committee hearing on the matter, the issue was “a given.” “Well, I think it is almost a given that-it is a little more controversial on community rating, but it is almost a given that there is going to be some sort of community rating, modified community rating, and eliminating cherry-picking, et cetera,” he said.


      • Jim Bean

        In the second debate with John McCain in 2008, Barack Obama promised, “We’re going to work with your employer to lower the cost of your premiums by up to $2,500 a year.”

        It was a lie and he knew it was a lie as he was telling it.

      • congero

        Go find another talking point.

  • MLR

    “The Republican party has been built by the politics of hate, driven by fear
    and solidified by ignorance”.

    Yep, that pretty much sums up the republicon party Allen. You couldn’t of said it better.

    • sciteach123

      Read the hate coming from these liberal morons. Liberalism is for the stupid and the intolerant. Haters and bigots are you all.

      • Leon Foonman

        Troll 0 Meter says… 2.1

  • Joel Engleson

    You are right on the money with your discription of the republipuke party. I wish people would pull their heads out of their asses and stop voting in these asswipes. Even with the shamefull and embarrising preformance of the right wing in the house of reps there are still too many people more than willing to vote for these shits. Sad state of affairs.

    • TiredTiredTired

      My that sounded “hate” filled.

      • Joel Engleson

        Not hatred, just extreme frustration with narrow minded assholes

      • MichaelH1836

        Wow, that’ll do it for sure. When you’re caught out as you obviously were, just ‘double down’.

      • ken

        like yourself?

      • Leon Foonman

        Ok, so just line up and close your eyes….

      • TiredTiredTired


  • TiredTiredTired

    The right engages in the “politics of hate”. Here, let me test a little theory . . .
    – Sarah Palen is right on
    – Mia Love for President
    – Rush is Right
    – Glenn Beck is the conscious of America
    – Michelle Bachman is so smart
    – Obama is steeped in incompetence

    NOOOWWW let’s hear some of that hate . . .

    • miketothad


    • Cynthia

      You didn’t mention the entire line of of Faux News and the spewing

  • Being human

    Bill Maher is absolutely right when it comes to Republicans being stuck in a bubble, and I used to be one of them. What took me so long to realize the truth was that I used to Christian, and my dad watches Fox News practically every single day. Christianity is a huge propaganda machine for Republicans. I used to be against gay marriage, and pretty much everything the author listed above. Once I broke out of the bubble, I realized how horrible the views of the Republican Party are.

    Republicans call Barack Obama horrible names. When I was Republican I asked arguments against gay marriage. When I look back at the responses given, they’re full of slipper slope fallacies and just idiotic statements. I’ve gone to republican sites about President Obama, and they’re filled with hatred. Not to mention Republicans sickening statements on rape. Unfortunately, religion still plays a huge role in politics. Christianity doesn’t tell who people should vote for, but what issues they should be against. This way, Christianity gets a ton of people to vote for the Republican party.

  • Joel Engleson

    thank you are right on the money as far as the republican party is concerned.they use a lot of the same methods that cults use to maintain their base.I so hope in the next couple of decades they will exsist as only a curiosity.

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  • Fred Haslitt

    Hate is seen all over the demacatic socialist party they are the ones that gruber were talking about.

  • Debbie Warren Light

    YOu are wrong on this.

  • Vince Edmonds

    thats ok children … now that the adults are back in charge we will sweep aside all the socialist/communist/Marxist damage you idiots have tried to do and return this to a nation where everyone is treated equal and no one gets special privilege based on gender or race. Respect will need to be earned, not expected based on some libtarded demographic standard of … whats that comical little saying you morons use to try and vilify someone based on race, the most racist thing you could do? …. oh yeah … “white privilege”. Your … and I say this laughingly… “tolerance” of only those that agree with you and complete lack of respect for others opinions will no longer be “tolerated”. Now that we are back in charge, you will be silent or you will reap the whirlwind of your words and actions. you will no longer be allowed to spout your racist and hate filled drivel of the conservative mindset that this country was built on. Freedom of speech is a guaranteed right…. I spent 17 years on active duty fighting and killing so you could have it…. but it doesnt guarantee you will not have to atone for what you say. I’d be careful if I were you choads. I’d pick my words very carefully as we will no longer stand by and just allow you to drone on with your ridiculous utopian socialist dreamworld garbage. Insensitive am I? Yes… because I could care less what you think. Thats the one thing we do have in common. Even the most loathsome libtarded moronic analyst among you will tell you that, after this most recent conservative victory, it will be SEVERAL voting cycles before the disgusting pigs of the demotard party have even a slight chance of regaining power… and ONLY if the conservatives dont do anything to fight you. Fat chance. Feel free to run off to russia, china or cuba so you can live in one of your utopian communist dreamworlds where the government decides what you can and cant think, say or do. Yes… I hate the libtarded demwits… because your entire drive is to destroy the country that was built on conservative principles. Screw you all

  • Dean Holsman

    What garbage!