The Republican Party and the Politics of Crazy

republicans-educationI know not all Republicans are crazy, but it’s undeniable that their party is being taken over by some of the craziest people in this country. The Republican Party once stood for tax cuts, deregulation, and maybe a few Bible references here and there; now it’s turned into something where believing that President Obama is planning to invade Texas is a legitimate fear worthy of the governor’s attention, and talking about the president bringing about Biblical Armageddon seems perfectly acceptable.

But it doesn’t just stop there. Not too long ago we weren’t having debates about whether or not the overwhelmingly accepted belief of human-made climate change is real or if creationism (you know, the belief that the Earth is 6,000 years old and humans walked alongside dinosaurs) should be taught in our biology classrooms along with evolution – because those who denied climate change and evolution weren’t people anyone actually took seriously.

Now they’re the ones who’ve taken over much of the Republican party.

Just think about this for a moment – just a few months ago the state of Oklahoma tried banning AP history classes because those classes were teaching facts about history. And no, I’m not kidding.

The ridiculous things I’ve seen and heard many of these people say the last few years just amaze me. From President Obama faking multiple copies of his birth certificate, to him having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, now to Jade Helm being about his attempt to secure a third term – the crazy never seems to end.

To say nothing about those who believe the economy is actually worse since he took office. Yes – worse. I guess they don’t remember January of 2009 when we lost 598,000 jobs. Meanwhile, this past January, just 6 years later, we gained 257,000. To say nothing about the fact that we’ve created jobs every single month since March of 2010 – 61 straight months.

Oh, and unemployment is now at 5.4 percent.

Then there’s the gun debate and the constant belief by many that, at any moment, President Obama is coming to seize our guns. Never mind that he’s literally done nothing to even suggest that, but because the NRA has proudly professed it over and over and over, well, it must be true, right? I’m sure a massive gun lobby backed by big gun and ammunition manufacturers has nothing to gain from pushing irrational fear-mongering that almost always leads to a huge spike in gun and ammo sales.

No way could any of that possibly be related.

Then there’s always gay marriage and this belief that legalizing gay marriage is going to bring about “God’s wrath” or tear at the fabric of society and destroy our very way of life.

Meanwhile, 18 countries around the world have legalized same-sex marriage and they’re doing just fine. Countries like our neighbor to the north Canada, and two of our biggest allies, Britain and France, have all embraced marriage equality. The last time I checked, God has yet to smite them with giant balls of fire from the sky.

Though I have seen widespread tornadoes and floods ravage Oklahoma recently, as well as a record number of earthquakes, and they’re one of the most anti-gay/super-religious states in the country. Not that I’m saying any of that is related to “God’s wrath,” but if we’re going to go that route (as many of these lunatics often do), I just thought I’d take a moment to point out the troubles that extremely “Christian” Oklahoma has endured. Meanwhile, Massachusetts (the first state to legalize same-sex marriage) seem to be doing just fine – just thought I’d throw that out there as well.

But perhaps what makes me laugh the most are Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Louie Gohmert who say that the American people are right to believe all this Jade Helm conspiracy nonsense because this administration has proven that they cannot be trusted. In other words, because Republicans have been lying and fear-mongering about President Obama since before he ever moved into the White House, they believe these individuals who have an irrational fear of the government and this president have a right to feel that way – because of the lies they’ve been told by politicians like themselves.

The worst part is, the GOP seems to be embracing all of this. Even as this Jade Helm conspiracy nonsense has gone on, I’ve yet to see a big pushback from Republican leaders against Texas Governor Greg Abbott for basically giving legitimacy to one of the most asinine things I’ve ever witnessed in this country. You would think if they were ashamed of this type of lunacy, as they should be, they would have been fairly quick to loudly denounce and condemn such idiocy. But for the most part, the GOP has remained silent, aside from those who seem to be encouraging this insanity speaking out.

It’s stuff like everything I’ve listed here that leads me to frequently implore moderate Republicans to take their party back or just join our side. While we might not agree on everything, at least we’re not batshit insane.

Because the bottom line is, the Republican party hasn’t just become the party of stupid, it’s become the party of crazy as well. Sadly, at least for the immediate future, I only see it getting worse.

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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