If you listen to Republicans talk (because they’re masters at propaganda) you’d think conservatism is engulfing the United States and Americans are becoming more and more conservative every single day.
Except, that’s not true at all.
It might sometimes seem that way because Republicans are usually good at being unified and controlling the message. Generally if Fox News is saying it, 95% of Republicans will be saying it.
That’s not the case with liberals. Our strength and our weakness is essentially the same thing – our diversity. Diversity is a wonderful thing, though it also fragments the message, while often projecting a sense that Democrats are disorganized and divided.
Then you have to factor in the reality that Republicans rely heavily on older voters, especially white ones, and when you look at stats showing who votes more often and consistently – it’s older, white voters.
But the reality is, the United States is becoming more liberal all the time. Conservatives don’t like to admit this, but that’s the funny thing about reality – it’s real whether or not they want to believe in it.
Take for instance two separate new polls that show support for the very conservative tea party wing of the Republican party hitting new lows while support for same-sex marriage has reached new highs.
According to the one poll, only 32 percent of Republicans identify themselves as supporters of the tea party. That’s down 10 points from February and 23 points from July 2010.
And for those tea party supporters who might want to discredit this poll, just take a look at how many of this year’s GOP primaries have gone for ultra-conservative candidates. Many tea party Republicans have easily been defeated by non-tea party affiliated candidates. Even Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, someone who Republicans felt was very vulnerable to lose his primary election, easily claimed victory.
Then when you look the poll concerning same-sex marriage, support hasn’t just reached new highs, support is rapidly growing. Right now, 55 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage. That’s a 15 point increase since 2009. That’s huge.
And if you want to look at the opposition to same-sex marriage, it’s dropped in that same time span by an even bigger margin. In 2009, opposition to same-sex marriage was at 57 percent. Now it’s 17 points down to 42 percent.
And if you really want a great example of how liberalism is slowly (but steadily) taking over this country, just look at the same-sex marriage numbers from 1996. During that year support for same-sex marriage was at an anemic 27 percent, while opposition sat at 68 percent.
While I know some will say, “But it’s taken 18 years,” that’s a short-sighted way to look at it. Big change within a society often doesn’t come quickly. And while equal rights should honestly be a very simple issue, even for a lot of Democrats, same-sex marriage wasn’t something they supported just a few years ago.
But what the poll on same-sex marriage does show is that Americans are becoming more liberal while the Republican party has tried to push itself to be more conservative.
So if you look at the tea party’s emergence around 2009, and the numbers concerning same-sex marriage around that same time, you seem a drastic shift away from ultra-conservative beliefs and political candidates who advocate for them.
But this doesn’t just stop at ultra-conservative tea party candidates, this reflects on the Republican party as a whole. They continue to try to cling to this “conservative ideology” of theirs, while Americans are generally becoming more and more liberal.
Republicans aren’t going to disappear overnight, but polls such as these clearly show that while society as a whole is becoming more liberal, the GOP continues to prove how out of touch it is with most Americans by insisting that we’re becoming more conservative.
And ultimately that’s going to be their downfall.