Republicans Prove Their “Patriotism” by Rooting for America’s Failure

trickledown1Republicans have a funny way of looking at things.  And by “funny” I mean they often don’t make a damn bit of sense.   They vote against their own interests, believe “freedom” is found by restricting the rights of others and that somehow rooting for America to fail makes them “patriotic.”

After all, isn’t that what they do on a consistent basis?  Hell, they’re damn giddy over the issues that have plagued the Affordable Care Act.

Then again, they’ve been rooting for the failure of the Affordable Care Act since well before it ever became law.

Since 2008, Republicans have done just about everything they can to ensure this country fails.

They’ve opposed just about every kind of jobs bill President Obama has proposed, held the debt ceiling hostage, shutdown the government, force spending cuts that eliminated tens of thousands of public jobs and the only “plans” they’ve proposed for “economic growth” are more of the same failed policies that caused our economic collapse to begin with.

Any positive signs our economy has shown the last few years is almost always spun in some kind of negative light by nearly every Republican politician and right-wing media personality.

Who knew creating over 7 million jobs would be a cause for such intense anger and mourning?

But why would they hope, or cheer, positive economic numbers?  The party they worship is the one that led us straight into this economic mess in the first place.  Any kind of positive turnout resulting from the absence of their leadership would only further prove what a scam their economic ideologies really are.

You know, the whole, “Give the rich more and the rest of us will benefit” kind of nonsense.

Republicans walk around with this idea in their minds that they’re the ones representing true “American values.”  That they’re the party of patriotism.

How exactly?  By rooting for our nation to fail?  By shutting down our government?  By pushing our nation to the edge of default for the first time—ever?  By cheering millions of Americans being without health insurance (with or without “Obamacare” millions of Americans face severe health insurance insecurity or the absence of it altogether)?  By passing laws that make it harder for people to vote?  By cutting billions in help for poor people?

Is this how they define “patriotism?”

Even before he officially moved into the White House, millions of Republicans hoped President Obama would fail.

Just think about that for a moment.  In the midst of one of the worst economic collapses our nation has ever experienced, millions of Republicans were actively rooting for continued failure.  They wanted more Americans to suffer.  They wanted this just so their party could win elections.

Because how could Obama succeed and have that benefit the Republican party?  The more success our country experiences under his leadership only lessens the likelihood of their continued Republican control of the House of Representatives come 2014, and any chance at winning the White House in 2016.

If we created 3 million jobs between now and next October, would Republicans be happy?  Of course not.  That wouldn’t benefit their political agenda of keeping power in the House of Representatives and possibly gaining the majority in the Senate.  Their only hope is to do everything possible to try to make our nation fail.

Hell, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said as much a few years ago when he said their main goal was to make Obama a one-term president.  How could they have done that without deliberately doing everything possible to see that our economy continued to suffer?

Even with “Obamacare,” the foundation of the law is sound—but it’s not perfect.  Instead of trying to fix the issues, they just want a full repeal.  Only they have absolutely no plan to replace it.  Their “plan” is to go back to a system that allowed for discrimination and saw nearly 50 million Americans without health insurance.

Hell, there have been rumblings beginning to surface that some Republicans are fiercely opposing trying to “fix Obamacare” because it would make the law better—and work.

This is how these people define “patriotism.”

But it’s not patriotism.  It’s hate, wrapped in a flag, masked by an aversion to reality and driven 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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