Republicans are Nothing More Than Cheerleaders for Hate, Ignorance and Intolerance

cruz-paul-ernstSometimes I’ve joked that my life would have much simpler had I just been a Republican. Doesn’t it just seem easier? Just grab a Bible; go to church 52 days a year; hang a flag at your home; go buy a gun; only worry about yourself; and repeat whatever talking points you’re fed by the conservative media and you’re good to go.


No complex or critical thinking is required. In fact, both of those are highly discouraged.

Look at some of the more well-known members of the conservative media; people like Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly. These are people who’ve become stars among conservatives for simply spouting utter nonsense as often as possible.

I firmly believe that right now I could go give a speech at a conservative event, have no idea what the event was about, and just using what I know about Republicans I could have people in attendance giving me standing ovations throughout most of my speech.

It’s not hard to do. These are the people who claim to be “fighters for good, Christian family values,” yet support people like Ted Nugent, Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump (who was actually a speaker at the Iowa Freedom Summit) simply because they often make derogatory statements about President Obama and liberals in general.

I’m not sure how you can claim that you’re defenders of “family values” when:

  • Trump has been married three times (so much for that sanctity of marriage).
  • Nugent dodged the draft (so much for supporting the troops), has threatened the president’s life and is an admitted sexual predator.
  • Limbaugh has been married four times (again, so much for sanctity of marriage), is an admitted drug addict and constantly demeans women.

Oh, but it’s okay because they all love guns and hate President Obama. And apparently that’s all you really need to do in order to be “loved” by these good, wholesome “Christians” standing for family values and the “moral majority.”

And let’s not forget the “family values” that were on full display a few months ago by tea party queen herself Sarah Palin during a late-night drunken brawl her family was involved in. Apparently, even her 5-year-old grandson was a witness to it. Nothing says “good Christian values” quite like riding around in a limo late at night with several members of your family intoxicated, crashing parties – with a 5-year-old in the car.


But, again, she loves guns and hates President Obama, so she’s just fine by conservatives.

The truth is, these people are nothing but cheerleaders for hate, ignorance and intolerance. Anyone can get on a stage and bash homosexuals, attack President Obama, praise guns and say “God Bless America” and these people would stand in awe, cheering like mindless drones programmed to respond to certain words or phrases.

That’s really all it takes for conservatives to support anyone. If you can spout enough anti-liberal nonsense on a large enough stage, you’re only a few steps away being the next conservative hero.

Because at the end of the day, these people don’t stand for anything. They claim they’re all about Christian values, but that’s negated when they throw their support behind adulterers and sexual predators. It’s just millions of people who are distracted by talking points, an American flag, a gun and the Bible.

And when it’s all said and done, they’re really nothing more than cheerleaders for anyone who can get on a stage and preach hate, ignorance and intolerance.



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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  • After a while the acid reflux would get to you.

  • bestfriend

    I appreciate what you’re saying here and you’re not wrong about a good deal of Republicans, at least the ones we seem to hear from, but I hesitate to describe a whole group of people, even if I disagree with much they have to say, as all being “Nothing More Than Cheerleaders for Hate, Ignorance and Intolerance” as it would seem to portray them as some despicable ‘other’ that we might not have to consider truly human. This is a tactic I often see used by the Right to demonize groups they don’t like, and it would be a real shame if the left, or Democrats resorted to it as well.

    • tariq

      Pointing out someone’s racism is not racist.

      • bestfriend

        I agree, though, I don’t know why you’ve said this to me.I read through my comment and found no mention of racism.

      • tracey marie

        it is a troll, looking to fight

      • John Cary

        I agree but unfortunately those that most often play the race card tend to be the ones most racist.

      • Bob Blaylock

          It is like I have often observed:  Those who most loudly and piously proclaim their opposition to bigotry very often turn out to be the worst bigots of all.  This article certainly demonstrates, this, doesn’t it?

      • tariq

        Anyone who uses the tired ass phrase “race card” is a racist.

      • tariq

        Only hate consumed racist people use the term “race card”

      • fairmont66

        John Cary, the ones who called our President an illegal alien Muslim. PS I always found it odd when someone points out obvious racism they are called the racist themselves!

    • Cemetery Girl

      I don’t know what percent of Republicans (or formally Republican but in the last decade have changed party affiliation) would say that Palin, Beck, and so forth do not speak for them, but I know they exist. I know a few people that identify as Republican, are registered Republicans, but are because they believe in fiscal/government conservative but social liberal. They favor homosexual marriage. They see it that taxes should be low and the government small with little involvement in the personal lives of the citizens, so who is allowed to marry and what happens in a woman’s body are not matters of government regulation. The extreme conservativism doesn’t really represent everyone that identifies Republican or have until recently. If we say every Republican is a cheerleader for ignorance we aren’t being any better than those that make blanket statements about liberals/Democrats. The country needs discussion and compromise, not further polarization.

      • bestfriend

        Yes, exactly. Thank you.

      • Jason Gorny

        I wish we could reform the party and rename it New Republican Party. Nowadays, the party is seen as a circus.

  • Eg Kbbs

    What worries me is that there are so many people willing to vote these folks into office – implying that a large percentage of American voters are ignorant and hate filled.

    Also that the hatred seems to be growing. For example, in the last 6 years gun sales have gone through the roof. Folks who formerly didn’t pay a lot of attention to LGBT are now suddenly actively hateful.

    • SelectFromWhere

      The reason for the (apparent–but it’s always been there) more VOCAL opposition to gay rights is because such strides are being made in that community–33 states have legal same-sex marriage, and it’s very likely that it will be legal in all 50 by the end of this year. With any Civil Rights strides come opposition, precisely BECAUSE of the strides being made. Think of the resurgence of racism in the late 1960s as integration became more and more widespread, and of course the scary resurgence of racism since Obama has been president. so it is with the GLBT community; when it seemed like they were safely in the closet, hiding, and being second-class citizens, their haters focused on other issues, but now that they are actually gaining rights, it is seen as “a sign of the apocalypse” by many of the Radical Right who feel threatened.

      The rise in gun sales do have to do with the ridiculous notion that any Democrat, let alone Obama, is going to take away weapons of hunting and self-defense, but again, the Right-Wing mouthpieces exaggerate and dwell on these fears to whip up frenzy among their followers, and nothing whips it up like saying someone’s going to take their guns away.

    • Frank Lazar

      The Republicans and the Tea Partiers play mostly on the fear card. The vast commonality among the people who vote them into office isn’t likely hate, but fear. Fear unfortunately, is enough.

  • Mary Moore

    The progressives and liberals spout all the things they want other people to do or say but they all hold on tight to their wallets. A bunch of opinionated morons who rainbows and unicorns at the expense of others.

    • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

      unicorns??? U mean like the superstitions of VOODOO religion( see: Christianity)???
      unicorns??? claiming a dead jewish fella is GOD??
      unicorns??? PRAI$E JE$U$!!!

      • Bob Blaylock

        <SARCASM>
          Nothing the least bit hateful, ignorant, nor intolerant in Mr. Scum’s posting.
        </SARCASM>

          But then what should one expect of someone who isn’t even intelligent enough to spell a simple word, such as “You”?

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        excellent!!! shall UUUU and I look over the white trash regressive legislation and public statements showcasing the LACK of equality for women and gays and minorities???
        Hmmmmm???? Lets do this– UUUU and I can list all the REPUB VS Democrat statements over the past several years involving hatred of women and gays and minorities–
        would UUUUU care 2 go 1st?
        =========================================
        then we ( UUU and I) can expostulate the superstition surrounding all religions– especially the total canard called “CHRISTIANITY”
        *****************************************************
        come out and play!!

    • fairmont66

      Mary Moore, and yet you come from a party doesn’t believe in global warming, think the Earth is 6000 years old and believe that Obama is some illegal alien Muslim hellbent on destroying the very country that he is president of and you have the unmitigated gall to call us morons. Please google the terms:hypocrisy and projecting and stop mixing alcohol and tea before you comment!

    • Paul Duca

      In your case, at your husband’s expense…you earn your keep by being a good little dumb wife.

    • Paul Duca

      Matched set of dumb conservatives who expect the GOP to shower them with rewards–especially the ones involving sh*tting on everyone not exactly like themselves.

  • Mary Moore

    Progressives and liberals want their opinions to be shared by all as they hold on tight to their own wallets. They highly value their own opinions and spew hatred if you disagree with them.

  • CJollay

    Good to know the author is fully versed in the beliefs of tens of millions of people to mass stereotype them. I’m sure everybody is Ted Nugent in the Republican party.
    If the author wants to actually cite something racist or sexist from Iowa, he may want to do so.

    • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

      then where O where O where are the “good” republican voices calling the nugents and becks and limbaughs out for being scumbag liars???
      Hmmmm???????

      • CJollay

        Yes. John Boehner should hold a press conference to denounce Ted Nugent or something, “regressive GOP scum.”
        It’s just good to know it’s cool to mass stereotype. All Muslims are terrorists and all black people are Kanye West or Al Sharpton because totally insane.

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        im not talking about creepy politicians– I mean the everyday so-called GOOD religious GOP stalwart: where are they??? I ..N..E..V..E..R.. hear any of them denounce these loons….
        ..oh: and based upon the past 30 yrs of republican legislation; the GOP is a group of white trash regressives. Shall I bring up some of their policies here 2 examine??

      • CJollay

        Yup. The tens of millions of Republicans are white trash.
        Don’t see a “racist” statement from Iowa yet, but that one would qualify.
        Just as ignorant as if I were to say the Democratic party is made up of lazy blacks and Hispanics. Ignorant.

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        see ANY minorities in that audience????
        Hmmmm?
        again,,,,,,,,,shall I bring up some of those stellar GOP policies from the past 25-30 yrs???
        Hmmmmm?

      • CJollay

        There aren’t many minorities at any gathering in Iowa farm country last I checked. That’s because 3% of the population is black.

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        actually the 2010 census has 9% minorities,,,,,
        so– allow me to underscore my position here:
        from jan 2009 to oct 2014,,,,,,,,,,,,,, what PCT% of the people attending ALL “tea party” rallies/events were minorities? (nearly FIVE YEARS of events)

        (a) 17.5%
        (b) 10%
        (c) 5.875%
        (d) 0.0875%
        +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
        and your answer is????
        (hint: its one of the 4 listed above)

      • CJollay

        Nobody counts the number of minorities at every tea party event in the country, especially the big one on the Mall like four years ago.
        Yeah, I get the Tea Party is mostly white, but so is a Daily Show audience. So what? Don’t recall them booing Ben Carson out of the room either.

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        actually,,,all socio-political events in this country have been chronicled since the early 2000’s…..
        daily show has enough class NOT to boo canards such as carson off stage.
        tea party MOSTLY white?????
        ” mostly”?????

      • CJollay

        Well then, feel free to tell me how many minorities were at the Mall in 2010 at whatever that Tea Party Glenn Beck rally was. Of course you cant because nobody sits there and documents the race of tens of thousands.
        Sorry Carson apparently isn’t a valid black person because he doesn’t share your political beliefs. I guess the black buds I have that think a country 18 trillion in debt is a slight problem aren’t real either.

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        (a) the stats don’t break down individual events on the site I visited; but im certain SOMEWHERE that amount is registered: some computer geek HAS 2 have that minutia!
        as for carson? Hmmmm,,,,,,,,,,,,, lets see: he claims “GOD” has told him to run for president; as has ( at times) Bachmann and huck(ster)abee and santorum and now palin!!!
        —do U really think I want a candidate who subscribes to such VOODOO ? for MY vote???
        (NOTE: Sharpton and jesse Jackson are scum as well as joe walsh and alan west)
        get real here you Imbecile: I want Bernie sanders on the democrat ticket — he is the best candidate
        =========================================
        and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,where were all of U white trash regressives when Reagan and the bush boys were spiraling the debt out of control??

        NO WHERE

      • CJollay

        Lol…well, Carson isn’t my first choice either. And Sharpton is scum. Don’t consider Jesse Jackson scum, though.

      • Bob Blaylock

          Where are all the “good” liberal voices denouncing such scumbags as Sharpton, Jackson, Feinstein, Obama, Pelosi, Schumer, and such?

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        sharpton and Jackson are idiots– the others are far far better than ANY white trash republican regressive scum that you suckle up to
        =======================================
        but I again digress:
        where were all of YOU white trash regressive scum when Reagan and the bush boys were spiraling the debt outofcontrol???
        Hmmmmm? perhaps giving money to JE$U$???
        white trash regressive scum,,,,,,,,,,,you cretins are NOT for equality,,,,,,,,,,,,your shitbag legislation is proof

  • Bob Blaylock

      In recent years, it’s become something of a cliché about liberals, that when they are hopelessly losing an argument, they are likely to resort to baselessly accusing their opponents of racism.  But this cliché seems to be taking an extreme turn much more recently, as demonstrated by this article.  No longer an end to a means, no longer a desperate attempt to salvage a failing position in an argument, it seems that those on the wrong-wing are now becoming more prone to engage in race-baiting, for its own sake, and without any provocation or cause.

      This article is particularly ironic and amusing, in that it seeks to broadly accuse all of us on the right of “Hate, Ignorance and Intolerance”, while at the same time displaying rather extreme instances of these traits on the part of its wrong-wing author.  Matthew 7:2-5 seems appropriate to cite here.  Do something about the beam in your own eye, Mr. Clifton, before you complain about the mote in someone else’s eye.

    • Paul Duca

      Since it’s cliche..it fits perfectly into the simple-minded worldview of conservatives like Bob.

  • Devin D.

    I’ve already left a Facebook comment above to completely and utterly demolish this “Influential” writer. Any intelligent debate (intelligent, and not a complete regurgitation of what the Democratic Party insists you say and/or think), is more than welcome.

    How he was able to get any comprehensible form of a novel into the population is FAR beyond me, and quite frightening to be honest. However, I briefly underlined my views of being a libertarian above, and intend on upholding the values associated with the ideal. But such a contradictory article, with absolutely nothing to offer other then an idiotic rambling of incoherent hate, infuriates me beyond measure. He lords himself over every person here, acting as if his degree allows him to just insult a large portion of good, and hardworking people. As to how he was able to initially ascertain the degree is a greater mystery than his published novels.

    The point of the matter is quite simply this. If you follow this man to the end of his career, you are no better than the benevolent image you have manipulated Republicans to be. Furthermore, you aren’t only a moron, but by following this article, you honestly shouldn’t even have the right to vote.

    Perhaps I should work towards a degree in political-science. Perhaps throw on a nice suit? Shape up for a professional looking photo, and make clever hate metaphors towards democrats? Man, that sure sounds like a simplistic monkey job, AND I don’t even have to go back and defend my articles!

    Ha! What a joke. Now, I havent the slightest intentions as to come of crude, nor disrespectful to democrats as a whole. Although I may not agree with a lot of the ideals, I have tremendous respect for some of the democratic writers/authors/critics. Brilliant individuals who actually use information and logic to support their reflections and pieces. Let’s give rise to politicians who use logic, and display class; not authors of a 2nd rate websites who can’t even connect coherent thoughts. All I’m advocating is intelligence, regardless of political affiliation. Is this really too much to hope for?

  • Wow. Great example of what the article was about. If this was a contest of how many words you could squeeze out of your ass, you win hands down. However, it’s just an intellectual excercise. I’m pretty sure that you read your own work ALOT more than anyone else does.

    I wouldn’t brag about being so young and having so little real world experience. Claiming that you “crushed” someone after posting your high school final test essay doesn’t do anything for your position, if you have one….and it really shows your immaturity.

  • Snakes on a Car

    Progressiveism enabled rape culture in Rotherham UK.