It’s not really a big secret that Republicans are absolute hypocrites when it comes to many things. They’re the “small government, fiscally conservative Americans” who haven’t had a president from their party balance the budget in over 50 years (no, not even the “conservative icon” Ronald Reagan) and Republicans are huge fans of expanding government whenever it suits their ideology.
But it’s their anti-government rhetoric that always fascinates me the most. Many conservatives don’t just dislike the government, they hate the government. Living in Texas, I’ve encountered plenty of conservatives who really believe the federal government is behind practically everything negative. They’re almost always the loudest and proudest to declare that they don’t need the federal government because it’s useless and inefficient; ironically, this is often said by many people living off Social Security and Medicare.
But all that rhetoric seems to go right out the window the moment disaster strikes. When unfortunate events happen, suddenly the Republicans running these states and the conservatives living in them are huge fans of the federal government. Whether a hurricane strikes South Carolina, tornadoes rip up Alabama or floods wash away big parts of Texas and Oklahoma – Republicans are always there with their hand out asking for help and money from the federal government. You know, the very same federal government they constantly vilify and bash.
So it wasn’t a big surprise when Texas Governor Greg Abbott almost instantly went begging to the Obama administration for help following the worst floods his state has ever experienced. You know, the same governor who recently ordered the Texas Guard to monitor the activity of the U.S. military out of suspicion that the very same Obama administration might be preparing an invasion of his state.
Amazing, isn’t it? Abbott perpetuates this idea (as do most Republicans) that President Obama is some underhanded, anti-American shady character who’s so untrustworthy that he might be planning to invade Texas and declare martial law – then goes groveling to that same individual for all the help he can get following historic flooding in his state.
We all know that this is nothing new. Republicans often like to brag about how much they don’t need the federal government, then go running to it nearly every time they need to be bailed out on something.
And the most amazing part of all of this is, if President Obama said “no,” Republicans in Texas would be throwing a fit right now. The same Republicans who’ve based a large part of their careers on saying “we don’t need the federal government to do anything for us.”
Sadly, no matter how much help the president sends Texas to help it recover from these devastating floods, nothing is going to change. Republicans in this state will still try to vilify the federal government and many of the conservatives in the state will still insist that “they don’t need the government to do anything for them.”
That is, until the next disaster strikes, then they’ll be some of the first people looking to the federal government to come in and bail them out of whatever mess their state might be in.
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