The stupidity of the Republican party has reached such a level that, at times, I struggle to find the words to fully articulate my astonishment that there are tens of millions of people who take this party seriously. We’re long past the days of simple disagreements between liberals and conservative. We’re fully engulfed in a period of time where it’s, quite literally, reality versus propagandist delusion.
Take for instance their obsession with San Bernardino massacre. To hear Republicans talk, this mass shooting is “undeniable proof” that ISIS has made it to the United States and is here to slaughter Americans.
That’s interesting considering had these two shooters been white, or anyone who wasn’t a Muslim, Republicans wouldn’t give a damn. In fact, a Christian terrorist opened fire at a Planned Parenthood center just a few days before two Muslim terrorists open fired at a Christmas party – yet at the 5th GOP presidential debate the Planned Parenthood shooting wasn’t mentioned once.
Not. One Single. Time.
We’ve seen numerous mass shootings over the years where more than 14 Americans died – including Sandy Hook Elementary where most of the victims were small children – and the GOP didn’t do a damn thing. In fact, all they usually do is use these shootings to push their pro-gun agenda and parrot NRA propaganda – much to the delight of the gun lobby.
Yet, two Muslims who were “radicalized” do what Republicans have ignored for years – mass murder Americans with guns – and suddenly that’s enough for them to call for unconstitutional surveillance of the social media accounts of anyone the government suspects of terrorism; to potentially create a national data registry for Muslims; and propose an all-out ban on Muslims entering the United States.
To add to this absurdity, despite the fact that Republicans are fear-mongering about terrorism like never before, they still blocked a measure to prevent suspected terrorists from being able to legally purchase guns.
Or as I said on Facebook last night:
Republicans seem to really support the idea of letting the government snoop in on the private social media accounts of suspected American terrorists so that they can monitor their online activity – as these potential terrorists discuss how many guns they’re going to legally be allowed to purchase thanks to those very same Republicans.
But it doesn’t stop at guns. Look at their absurd rhetoric about terrorism in general.
If you ask each of these Republican candidates what they think we should be doing to fight ISIS, you’ll get a different answer from each of them. Though what’s even more ironic is that many of them will lay out a “strategy” that’s essentially what President Obama is already doing. Then to take the absurdity to a whole other level, President Obama actually asked congressional Republicans for the power to do more to fight ISIS – and they wouldn’t give it to him.
Their absurdity doesn’t even stop there.
Remember “birthers”? You know, the people largely comprised of members of the tea party who don’t believe President Obama was born in the United States, therefore don’t think he’s eligible to be president.
Fun Fact: Ted Cruz, the candidate currently in second place among Republican hopefuls – and a tea party favorite – was born in Canada.
Speaking of Cruz, he and Marco Rubio – the children of immigrants – are currently in an ongoing, and fairly heated, feud over exactly which candidates hates immigrants the most.
Then I can’t help but laugh at how Republicans have spent the last 7+ years telling Americans to be terrified of President Obama and the evil federal government. They’ve pushed conspiracies about government plots to seize guns, going as far as to support the idea that the president was going to declare martial law just a few months ago. They’ve tried to claim that the Affordable Care Act contained “death panels” and pushed the idea that most illegal immigrants are nothing but ruthless murderers and rapists. The fear-mongering being driven by the GOP has reached levels this nation hasn’t seen in decades – if ever.
Republicans have the nerve to go out and claim that it’s President Obama’s fault that Americans no longer feel safe or trust their government.
I must remind everyone that, while Republicans like to tell everyone how untrustworthy the government is and how it should stay out of the private lives of Americans, they support allowing that same federal government to have the right to spy on American citizens; want to tell women what they can or cannot do with their own bodies; and want to define marriage as between a man and a woman. That’s just naming a few very big government policies the “small government” Republican party supports.
Then there’s always the usual economic policies built on the notion that says the best way to help the poor and middle class is by ensuring the rich get richer; their call for “religious freedom” while trying to force others to adhere to their religious beliefs; and their worship of a “fiscally conservative icon” in Ronald Reagan who raised taxes and nearly tripled our national debt. The list goes on and on. Just when you think the GOP can’t get any more ridiculous, they seem determined to prove that they can.
It’s a phenomenon that’s being put on full display with the rise of Donald Trump, a candidate whose support only seems to grow the more idiotic his rhetoric becomes. Trump has been so ridiculous that he’s forced Republican leadership to give speeches where they’ve tried to convince Americans that the overwhelming presidential frontrunner for their party doesn’t represent their party’s values. Even as his polling numbers rise to all-time highs.
It’s time for moderate Republicans, the few of you who are still out there, to realize you no longer have a party. It’s been taken over by people who believe military exercises are plots by the government to declare martial law; that it’s acceptable to ban all Muslims from entering the country; and it’s both economically and humanely feasible to deport 12 million immigrants – many of them children – ripping millions of families apart.
Like it or not, Donald Trump represents exactly what your party has become.