There’s a lot of back and forth in this country over which side is worse, liberals or conservatives. To be fair, I’ve had my share of problems with liberals myself, so I’m by no means here to tell you that liberals are innocent. I have found that there are some liberals who are just as impervious to believing in facts as many of the conservatives I encounter.
That being said, “the left” isn’t the side that’s embraced some of the worst aspects of our society – Republicans have.
Looking at the Republican party, we see a group of people who build their ideologies upon:
- Opposing the government.
- Fear and paranoia.
- Religious extremism.
And that’s just to name a few things.
Take for instance their anti-government rhetoric. The paranoid beliefs that led many conservatives to believe that Jade Helm was a plot by the Obama administration to invade Texas, or that guns are meant to give Americans the right to overthrow the government, are all a part of the same radical anti-government mindset seen in people like Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh – someone who believed that the government couldn’t and shouldn’t be trusted. While he clearly took it to another level when he acted out his paranoia in the horrific bombing of a federal building, the beliefs that drove him to do something so disgusting weren’t so different from those of someone like well-known open carry activist Kory Watkins, someone who’s advocated for the hanging of state politicians who voted against open carry laws – and that wasn’t the first time he’s called for violence toward elected officials.
Then just look at religious extremism. Throughout U.S. history people have tried using the Bible to support all sorts of heinous acts such as slavery, segregation, denying women the right to vote and bans on interracial marriage.
Yet even today we have people gripping the Bible tightly to justify their prejudice and bigotry toward homosexuals. Even now, in the year 2016, there are people who are using religious extremism to justify their ignorance in trying to keep a certain group of Americans from having the rights owed to them under our laws.
Then there’s sexism. Whether it’s voting against the Violence Against Women Act, opposing equal pay legislation or shaming women by making them endure all sorts of unwanted hurdles just to have an abortion, Republicans don’t hesitate in treating women as second-class citizens. This is no different from decades ago, when many of these now “strongly Republican states” felt that women shouldn’t have the right to vote.
Hell, the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade over 40 years ago and we’re still dealing with Republicans trying to find back channel ways to make it nearly impossible for women to have an abortion. And let’s not forget those Republicans who seem to think a woman getting pregnant after being raped seeing that as a “gift from God.”
I just can’t imagine that if it were men having babies, Republicans would be this eager to tell males what they can or cannot do with their own bodies.
Then there’s the intolerance and racism. I live in Texas, I see racism constantly. Whether it’s those who hate any and all Muslims, Mexican immigrants or who think African-Americans are inferior, racism is still alive and well in this country.
Though even moving away from all of that, just look at some of the people embraced by conservatives – individuals like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter. These are people who spew hate, intolerance, fear, racism, sexism and all sorts of other vile rhetoric – yet they’re beloved by conservatives. You know, those “good Christians.”
But when you really get right down to it and you follow the paths that hate, fear, bigotry, religious extremism, racism, sexism and intolerance have taken throughout the history of this country – they all lead to the modern day Republican party.
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