Sometimes I do wish I could live in the mind of a conservative for a day or two just so that I could try to understand what it’s like to actually believe the nonsense pushed by the Republican party. Outside of my general disagreement with just about everything they stand for, it amazes me just how often the policies Republicans support often make other things they oppose much worse.
Take for instance abortion. Without a doubt, the leading cause of most abortions are unplanned pregnancies. So, logic would then dictate that if someone opposed abortion, they should be someone who’s a big supporter of measures that would prevent them, right? Things such as access to contraceptives and sex education for teenagers.
But not if you’re a typical conservative. Not only do they oppose abortions, but they also typically oppose easier access to contraceptives and sex education for teens – two things that would drastically reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies, which are the main reason why women have abortions.
It makes absolutely no sense.
Then there’s the welfare situation in this country. Millions of Americans are working full-time jobs, but still rely on government programs to help them provide for their families. A big reason for this is because our minimum wage is entirely too low. So, logic would then dictate that if we raised the minimum wage, that would help move millions of Americans off government programs as their income increased.
Naturally, since Republicans love being absolute hypocrites, they oppose raising the minimum wage and social programs that help the poor. They’re literally fighting against measures to help people get off government programs – while condemning those who are reliant upon them because they earn such a low wage at their job.
Then there’s always gun violence. For decades the NRA has done just about everything it possibly could to ensure that obtaining a gun and ammunition was as easy as humanly possible. By doing so, they’ve successfully managed to saturate our society with over 300 million guns. Pretty soon there are going to be more guns than humans in this country.
Well, being that guns have been so easily obtainable, it goes without saying that “bad guys” have had little trouble getting their hands on them – which is a big reason why the U.S. leads the modern world in gun violence.
So, because the NRA (and the GOP) have feverishly fought for decades to make guns as easy to obtain as possible – leading to the U.S. being plagued with rampant gun violence – Republicans now claim that the best way to combat that violence is with, you guessed it, more guns.
Ladies and gentlemen, that’s what you call a party selling out to big gun and ammunition manufacturers that have literally convinced millions of people that the only way to solve the problem they helped create (gun violence) is with more of the same things that caused the problem to begin with.
Then there’s always their love of tax cuts and supposed hate of our national debt. Let me break this down a bit. In the 80’s, under Ronald Reagan’s leadership, we massively cut taxes – which then led to our national debt nearly tripling. Then there was George W. Bush who came in and passed more tax cuts, promising they would eliminate our national debt within a decade – but instead they added nearly $5 trillion to it.
Being that tax cuts have never proven to create jobs, just more debt, Republicans literally support economic policies that drastically decrease the revenue this country takes in (which always leads to an increase in our national debt), while claiming to be the party that represents fiscal responsibility. Meanwhile, the GOP hasn’t had a president from their party balance the budget since Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 50’s.
Only in the delusional minds of Republicans can you believe that you’re the party for fiscal responsibility, yet every Republican president for the last half century has left office with a larger national debt than before they went in.
I’ll go ahead and stop there. While there are clearly more examples, these are just a few showing where policies Republicans support actually make other things they supposedly oppose much, much worse.
It would almost be comical if it wasn’t so frustratingly (and tragically) hypocritical.
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