What Exactly Do Republicans Stand For?

boehnerbushryanTrying to figure out exactly what the Republican Party stands for has been something I’ve pondered for quite a while.

If you listen to their rhetoric, the answer is easy.  However, looking at reality, it completely contradicts nearly everything they say they support.

They don’t stand for freedom, as they continue to support legislation that denies basic freedoms for homosexuals, women and people who follow religions other than Christianity.

They don’t stand for small government, as they’ve recently supported constitutional amendments that define marriage and redefine what constitutes being an American citizen.  Not to mention they were the party which orchestrated one of the most intrusive piece of legislation our nation has ever seen—the Patriot Act.

They don’t stand for a fiscally conservative government, especially considering there has yet to be a single Republican president since Eisenhower, who served from 1953-1961, who has balanced the budget.  In fact, every Republican president since Eisenhower didn’t just increase our deficits— they set records for growth in our national debt.

They don’t stand for Christian values, because Jesus Christ stood for love, hope, compassion, acceptance, helping those less fortunate than ourselves, not judging others and forgiveness—traits which the Republican Party seems to strongly oppose.

They don’t support of our military, as Republican presidents have frequently sent our military into pointless wars where hundreds of thousands have been killed, or severely wounded to the point where they will suffer from these disabilities for the rest of their lives.

They don’t stand for constitutional values, as they frequently support violating those constitutionally-upheld laws which they disagree with.

It’s really easy to come up with a nice slogan, some rhetoric or a tagline that sounds good—hell anyone can do it.   But I was always taught that actions speak louder than words.

In one breath conservatives say they’re for a fiscally conservative small government which protects our freedoms, yet their actions completely contradict that.

So looking at those actions, I really don’t have a clue what it is these people believe in.

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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  • Capgras

    They care about getting reelected.

    • Donald Wolc Jr

      Lets vote them out of office.

  • Capgras

    They care about getting reelected. Nothing else.

    • Capgras

      these comments are all screwy, disappearing and reappearing at random :/ sorry for the double post

  • You forgot to mention that after sending other people’s children to war, they then try to save money by cutting care for veterans.

  • I couldn’t agree more with your article. As far as I’m concerned, there is no such thing as a Christian Republican. They don’t work for the ones who elected them…just the BIG MONEY people. Keep up the good work on FB =)

    • Dave Brown

      Nancy; They do work for those who elected them, Big money! The people casting the votes are the smucks who took the bait, hook, line, and sinker!

  • MONEY!!!! and greed….that is what they stand for!!

  • ci0616

    They stand for themselves. Like all politicians under our current system.

  • Guest

    I couldn’t agree more. I was raised in a red State by Republican Grandparents on both the maternal and Paternal sides of the Family. My Paternal Grandparents were farmers and ranchers, they both owned small businesses as well. They were “very” christian and were members of a “Hard Shell Baptist” Congregation. My Paternal Grandparents were not so religious but just as conservative. My Paternal Grandmother a Teacher and my Grandfather an Independent Contractor, probably one of the few that actually made money during the depression. The point is although they were all Republicans and Christians they practiced what they preached and taught me acceptance, compassion, good work ethics, etc.
    At the age of 11 I was out knocking on doors and handing out Nixon Buttons and flyers! Even after Watergate I still maintained my Republican ideology’s. You can’t judge the entire basket full of eggs by one rotten one. It was not until Regan that I began to see things in a different light. I could give example after example but in the end it was not I that left the Republican Party, it was the Republican Party that left me.
    I look now at what the Republican Party stands for and the intolerance, bigotry, racism, misogyny, intrusiveness, lack of empathy, outright stupidity of some of their elected leaders. I look at their record of obstruction and their economic policies and their outlandish religious ideologies and I see my Grandparents spinning in their graves.
    I strongly believe that my Grandparents would have turned their backs on the Republican Party of today and never looked back. But you see this is the problem! the republican Party of today does not care about the morals and ideologies that their Party was founded on. Those people can’t vote, they’re dead and gone. The Republican Party of today are the real “takers”. They can no longer look at the Liberals and Progressives and shout that we are the nut jobs, hippies, anarchist, (that title has always belonged to the Libertarian Party, which is now hard to differentiate from the Republican Party) because when they begin this rhetoric their own words and the actions of their Leaders and their Base come back to slap them in the face like a wet towel soaked in hypocrisy.
    The Republican Party is no Longer the Republican Party, Republican is simply a borrowed brand from a party that once stood for something but could not now find true North on their Moral Compass if their lives depended on it and the sad part is their lives or the lives of their children may very well depend on it.

  • I couldn’t agree more. I was raised in a red State by Republican
    Grandparents on both the Maternal and Paternal sides of the Family. My Maternal Grandparents were farmers and ranchers, they both owned small
    businesses as well. They were “very” christian and were members of a
    “Hard Shell Baptist” Congregation. My Paternal Grandparents were not so
    religious but just as conservative. My Paternal Grandmother a Teacher
    and my Grandfather an Independent Contractor, probably one of the few
    that actually made money during the depression. The point is although
    they were all Republicans and Christians they practiced what they
    preached and taught me acceptance, compassion, good work ethics, etc.

    At the age of 11 I was out knocking on doors and handing out Nixon
    Buttons and flyers! Even after Watergate I still maintained my
    Republican ideology’s. You can’t judge the entire basket full of eggs by
    one rotten one. It was not until Regan that I began to see things in a
    different light. I could give example after example but in the end it
    was not I that left the Republican Party, it was the Republican Party
    that left me.
    I look now at what the Republican Party stands for and
    the intolerance, bigotry, racism, misogyny, intrusiveness, lack of
    empathy, outright stupidity of some of their elected leaders. I look at
    their record of obstruction and their economic policies and their
    outlandish religious ideologies and I see my Grandparents spinning in
    their graves.
    I strongly believe that my Grandparents would have
    turned their backs on the Republican Party of today and never looked
    back. But you see this is the problem! the republican Party of today
    does not care about the morals and ideologies that their Party was
    founded on. Those people can’t vote, they’re dead and gone. The
    Republican Party of today are the real “takers”. They can no longer look
    at the Liberals and Progressives and shout that we are the nut jobs,
    hippies, anarchist, (that title has always belonged to the Libertarian
    Party, which is now hard to differentiate from the Republican Party)
    because when they begin this rhetoric their own words and the actions of
    their Leaders and their Base come back to slap them in the face like a
    wet towel soaked in hypocrisy.
    The Republican Party is no Longer the
    Republican Party, Republican is simply a borrowed brand from a party
    that once stood for something but could not now find true North on their
    Moral Compass if their lives depended on it and the sad part is their
    lives or the lives of their children may very well depend on it.

    • I’ve said the same thing over and over again. Based on the “old” rules, I’d probably be a Republican. I just cannot stand for the greed, guns, and “putting women in their place” that seems to run rampant through the GOP now.

    • Dave Brown

      Kirk; They are Pro-Business, not conservative! There’s a huge difference!

      • Kirk Welch

        So, Pro Business is a Party Standard that supports Citizens United, Union Busting etc. Sorry, Pro Business is a sham, the true job creators are the consumers, especially in a Capitalist economy. If you don’t pay workers a living wage and give them benefits then they end up at the local HHS office applying for SNAP, housing assistance and more. So the “Pro Business people you speak of will pay one way or the other, no wait! They won’t, lets look at Wal-Mart (The Walton’s) I have to laugh every time I hear that, they pay far less in taxes than they should be paying and so the cost of the entitlements are passed to the tax payers, at least those that still have jobs. On top of this they outsource jobs overseas and use sweat shops that are unfit to walk thru much less work in to bring us the best and cheapest merchandise $10.00 a day can buy. So many screech about the illegal aliens taking American jobs, wondr how many of those same people would apply for a job in one of Wal-Marts sweat shops if they were here in the US. How many whites do you see roofing houses, gardening, working as buss persons, cooks, dishwashers in restaurants that pay minimum wage and give no benefits?
        Pro Business Job creators my azz. they are Pro Money as long as it’s money they can bank.

      • Dave Brown

        Kirk;

        That’s exactly right, way right. Pro business is the destruction of the American worker, making us no better than a third world $0.75 a day worker living in a tar paper shack. That’s what Pro-Business wants for Americans. All you have to do is look around,
        the facts speak for themselves. We as a people are in the fight for our lives and our great, great grand kids to boot.

    • Mariellen Nagle

      WOW fantastic comment. Kudos to you………

  • jp

    money, control, money, power, money

  • David Worthington

    They use ad techniques now sort of like how the tobacco industry did when they used doctors to tell you how good for you cigarettes were. You’ll recognize the name Frank Luntz. Another you might not know is a guy I went to high school with, Vinnie Manchello. I used to see his brags on facebook. I don’t see them anymore because I did an “unshow” last election cycle to keep my newsfeed sane. This would make a great investigative piece.

  • pierider

    They stand for money in their pockets.

  • James Capp

    They stand for GREED!!! They could be set for life, but they never have enough $$$ & don’t care who they hurt to get it!! The Kotch brothers are a perfect example!!

  • They only care about the size of the kickbacks they receive from the ultra wealthy. they sure don’t stand for the good of all the citizens.. Don’t wait until 2014 to get these repuke/taliban out. IMPEACH NOW. Then try them for treason for working against the good of this country.

    • What the Republican Congressmen have been doing does not rise to the charge of treason, as defined in the Constitution. A more accurate charge would be sedition. However, outside of the military, I don’t think sedition is currently a crime.
      That said, what the Republican Congressmen have been guilty of is obstruction of the process of governing for the good of the American People. Instead, they have pursued tactics that have only one purpose: to discredit, by hook or by crook, the duly elected administration.
      If we cannot convince them to do what is right for the country, then we had best get organized to defeat them at the polls. They have the financial backing of one-percent of the population, We, on the other hand, have the votes. We have got to go into GOP gerrymandered districts and figure out how to get out every Democratic vote that we can.
      Do not be complacent with the thought that bloviating on FB is enough. It isn’t. Anyone can bloviate on the web. Whether you make phone calls or knock on doors to Get Out The Vote, or if your time is so valuable that you cannot spare any — like if you are a doctor — then please, please contribute what you can afford. Five and ten dollar contributions add up.

      • Mighty Mouse

        great post

  • They stand for whatever is convenient at the time: for example….FEMA only works for them when it hits home. That’s only one example….

    • patti fichtner

      you are right-like Texas and the fertilizer plant explosion-do not tell me they did not know they were acting recklessly and operating dangerously.being stupid only goes so far,even if you can only remember 2 of the 3 agencies you want to get rid of in the federal government! was one of them FEMA? Rick Perry can pay for this mess himself,and maybe deep pockets Romney would help!!!

  • They would burn the country to the ground to be the Kings of the Ashes

  • Davud Giid

    They
    stand for 1) making money, 2) protecting Big Business 3) Protecting the
    Ultra Rich and anyone else that can put big bucks in their pocket.

  • Awesome points. Don’t forget they also claim to be the Christian Party, but violate everything Christ ever said about greed and the poor. They also love free access to guns. Something Christ would probably never have advocated, after all… he told people not to even throw stones.

  • Mister_Mean

    What do they stand for? Rape, hate, intolerance and death. All under the blasphemy of them thinking that God condones their actions.

  • ruthandco

    They stand for one two-sided thing: money and power

  • Mitch Alan

    Both major parties, as a whole, are not interested in “we the people”, the Constitution, Liberty or true Capitalism (not to be confused with Corporatism). The two parties mostly argue over who can most creatively convince the masses that their version of “for your own good” is better than the others, all the while trampling on the Constitution and the Liberty of the citizenry. When we stop looking to the federal government, run by either party, to find answers that should be handled by We the People and the several States, we will then begin to flourish again as a nation. Why do we let Washington fight over how to spend our money and to decide how we conduct our lives? There are enumerated powers in the Constitution and a 10th Amendment that were written for this very reason…an all powerful centralized government without restraint will, regardless of party, become a tyranny.
    The Democrats and the Republicans are basically to sides of the same coin.

    • Tom Harbold

      The major discernible difference I’ve been able to detect in the political parties at this point in history is which of our Constitutional rights they want to strip us of.

  • I understand and agree with almost all of this. But right-wingers might mention, straw-grabbers that they are, that the US wars in Vietnam, Korea, WW2 and WW1 did start with Democratic Presidents in the White House.

    Of course, there was/is Iraq & Afghanistan with George W. Beotch. And the first Gulf war with Beotch Sr.

    Anyway, I agree with most all of what you wrote. Good on ya, Allen.

  • i remember when the Republican Party was respected and while they had a different philosophy and approach than the Democratic Party, the two parties could differ which each other, but both wanted to do what was best for the country, and compromised a bit, and the legislation was what benefited the nation as a whole. The Republican Party of today is as different as day and night from what it once was. Now they are a party of racists, filled with hate and unwilling to compromise on anything! Everything has to be THEIR

  • maxiemom

    They believe in lying to people and using ‘code words’ to convince the gullible to keep on voting them into office so they can still work for their corporate masters.

    In other words, they believe in completely pulling the wool over the eyes of the sheeple.

  • ChasP

    The GOP is Trojan Horse. It uses and tricks it’s base to gain power. They cultivate and then take advantage of their base’s dislike and mistrust of “big government”. Then once their base has voted them into power, the historical facts outlined so well in this article have proven just the opposite. And the fiscal policies they embrace essentially crap all any of their supporters who happen to be poor or middle class. It’s like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders.

  • This is exactly why I always vote Democratic.

  • This is exactly why I always vote Democratic.

  • Ok, I know this maybe be besides the point and but Jesus? Come on, talk about spreading conservative bullshit, didn’t Jesus go around his nearby lands and judge, judge, and is also supposedly the ultimate JUDGE, who is to be coming down during the rapture to do his holy deed of separating (judging) those who accepted his blood sacrifice for Adams original sin of eating an apple, by which we are all inherently guilty for? What was Jesus doing when he enter the temple with the money changers (people making a living) and took his belt off to whip people and flip over tables… or how about when Jesus caused a fig tree to wither-up and die for not bearing fruit. I don’t mind people explaining the more loving nature of the NT over the OT, but Jesus said he did not come to bring peace, but a sword, he judged the pharisees for not following the laws of Moses and not killing their children for cursing at their parents, ridiculing them for following their own ways, and not Allah’s.. not sure what Bible the person who wrote this article read, but they have truly fallen for this false hippie Jesus idea. Let’s tell the truth when we are exposing the lies or misrepresentation of others …right?

  • Mighty Mouse

    Pure and simple, the republican agenda is totally anti American. They are an embarrassment to America

  • Mighty Mouse

    Unfortunately the American public is not that smart, but hopefully enough are so sickened by the republicans constantly battling our President on everything that the American public will vote out repukicans

  • Trib Bersola

    Could it be their insecurities concerning that supposed demon, alien, socialist, muslim, terrorist supporting, gun grabbing guy in that “White” House that just happens to be of mixed race and color? What they believe in is the total discrediting of Obama at any and all costs, no matter who it might harm, so long as it isn’t the wealthy.

  • Libris Fidelis

    “See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.” George W. Bush –Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005

  • jdsonice

    I always wonder how any woman – republican, democrat or independent, conservative or liberal, christen or any other religion, can even think about voting for a republican candidate.

    They basically say Women are Stupid. They cannot make their own decisions. We the republican males have to do it.

    I just don’t get it. Unless the women who claim to be republican are truly stupid.

  • backell

    It’s easy to come up with an accurate slogan, but “Lining the Pockets of the Wealthy Since Ike” doesn’t quite have the same appeal.

  • niki

    The reason you don’t understand is because you are ignorant. Anybody with half a brain can see through the idiocy of your comments