If you’re like me, you’ve had more than a few debates with Republicans on a varying degree of issues. And if you’re like me, you’ve walked away feeling as if these people live on a completely different planet.
For a while now I’ve called the Republicans the party of “bumper sticker politics.” That is, if it can’t fit neatly on a bumper sticker, their party can’t use it for a talking point. Their message must be simple, easy to repeat and all it really needs to do is sound good—but really doesn’t have to make any sense.
A great example of this is the gun debate. “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” which is true. A gun by itself can’t shoot anyone, but a Tomahawk missile can’t fire itself either. So using that same logic, should average Americans be allowed to buy Tomahawk missiles? After all, “Tomahawk missiles don’t kill people, people kill people,”—right?
But anyway, that’s a topic for another day. What I do want to vent about here is the sheer delusion of a host of ideological stances many Republicans have taken. You know, the party that talks about “traditional American values,” but can’t pinpoint exactly when those were—and any time they might target was during a period of stronger unions, higher taxes and inequality for most anyone that wasn’t a white, straight, Christian male.
Sometimes I just take a step back and look at their positions on some issues, thinking to myself “What the hell is wrong with you people?”
Here are a few of the ones I run across fairly often that leave me feeling hopeless for about half of the citizens in this country:
- Climate change is a hoax
- Guns have nothing to do with gun violence
- Our nation is founded, and based, on Christianity—even though the word appears no where in our Constitution
- Rape victims who become pregnant should see it as a blessing from God (a lot more common than you’d think)
- Homosexuals threaten heterosexual relationships, and our society
- The best way to worship Jesus Christ is by hating, judging and fearing anyone who’s different
- Equal rights, and pay, for women are debatable
- Women’s health, and control of their bodies, is best decided by a group of men
- Strongly detest abortions, yet: Oppose sex education and access to free contraceptives for the poor
- Claim to be pro-life, yet: Support the death penalty, then brag about the frequency for which it is used
- Claim they love our Constitution, then openly state they will defy any Constitutionally upheld laws of which they disagree
- Talk about individual freedoms being at risk, then openly support bans on same-sex marriage
- Say they love our country, and are true patriots, then scream secession anytime they don’t get their way
- That sexual orientation is a choice, but can’t identify when they chose to be straight
- They’re fiscally responsible, yet haven’t voted for a Republican President who didn’t drastically grow our national debt
- Government doesn’t create jobs, yet millions are employed by the government
- The best way for the poor and middle class to become rich—is by giving rich people more money
- You can’t credit Obama with the death of Bin Ladin, because he didn’t personally pull the trigger (or he was already dead)
- The science of evolution is on equal standing as Creationism
- Improving our education system is best served by paying teachers less, calling them lazy and cutting funding for educational programs
- 4 Americans dying in Benghazi is more appalling than the over 4,000 who died in Iraq
- President Obama isn’t really an American (yes, I’d estimate a good 25-30% of Republicans are still birthers)
- Fox News is “fair and balanced” and the “lamestream media” is just a puppet for liberal propaganda—then brags about Fox News being Americans most watched cable news channel, the definition of mainstream media (though their ratings are plummeting)
I’ll stop there, but you get the picture. I could probably have gone on for a few hours listing ridiculous comments I often hear, but I think this list is sufficient for getting my point across.
I sit there during these debates often thinking to myself, “No matter what I say or prove, this person simply lacks the mental capacity to understand it anyway.”
It’s a lesson I learned from someone a while back. They told me, “You can not use reason and rational thoughts on someone who isn’t reasonable or rational.” I don’t believe truer words have ever been spoken. It’s the mind set I have almost every time I debate a Republican. I can write articles (The Article Every Liberal Needs To Show a Conservative, Debunking Almost Every Republican Lie Against President Obama) with statements debunking many of their lies, with sourced links back to why their belief is a lie, and I’ll still frequently get comments like “Oh stupid liberals, never have any facts.”
But then again what should any of us expect from a party supported by millions who dismiss science, math, history, reality and facts for the words of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.
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