It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of the Republican party. They seem to be built on rhetoric and driven by propaganda. A party which is driven by a series of talking points which I often call “bumper sticker politics.” Meaning that they refuse to support any issue which won’t neatly fit on a bumper sticker. It seems many of their constituents simply cannot grasp complicated, critical thoughts.
And me being me, I often like to antagonize Republicans by using logic to answer questions, with factual answers that sometimes require the ability to use critical thinking.
So I decided that I wanted to break down the Republican party and who it is they really represent. Because to be honest with you, based upon the policies they support, it’s not very many people. Which is baffling considering millions of Americans routinely vote for these people; votes that seemingly go against their own best interests.
So let’s look at policies Republicans support and eliminate those they don’t seem to represent.
Well, they sure don’t represent women. Many of them voted against the Violence Against Women Act, opposed legislation which would require employers to pay women the same as men, stripped abortion rights and fought against easier access to contraceptives. They’ve attacked Planned Parenthood all across the country, and some have even gone as far to claim that not all rape is actually rape. The way in which many of these conservatives treat women like second-class citizens is reprehensible. It’s often a group of all-male lawmakers sitting on a committee deciding what’s best for women’s health. It’s pathetic and it shows a total disrespect for women.
Do I even need to explain the lengths at which Republicans have gone to prevent homosexuals from having equal rights? Some of them have described the legalization of same-sex marriage as the pathway to bestiality. Many of them consider homosexuals people suffering from some kind of disease that can be “cured” and individuals that will almost certainly spend an eternity in hell. If it were up to many of them they’d probably deem homosexuality a crime and incarcerate those who were openly gay. Hell, some have pushed for laws that make applying for a same-sex marriage license illegal — so it’s really not far-fetched that many of them wish homosexuality in general was against the law.
Any Religion Other Than Christianity
These people really believe they represent Christianity — I, however, do not believe that they do. They represent some cult-like hybrid of a political party blended with a handful of excerpts from the Bible. I call it “Republicanity.”
But when it comes to tolerance for other religions, Republicans have none. To many of them, most other religions are just filled with heathens and Muslims are all just radical terrorists who hate the United States and wish to see it destroyed — which, of course, is absurd.
They talk often about “religious freedom,” but they really only mean religious freedom for their religion. And they really don’t even mean religious freedom. What they actually mean is they want the freedom to enforce their religious views on other people.
And that’s not religious freedom, that’s religious control.
Well, they’re getting better when it comes to minorities — at least a few of them, anyway. But it’s not because they want to, it’s because they really have to. They realize if they want to remain relevant in national elections they better start appealing to minorities better — specifically Latinos.
Don’t forget, this is the party that just last year had their presidential candidate run on the immigration platform of “self deportation.” For those unaware of what self deportation is, it’s the process of making life so unbearable for undocumented workers that they return back to their home countries. Essentially, the policy that we should treat undocumented immigrants so inhumanely that they’d flee the United States.
And let’s not forget that a sensible immigration reform bill was sent to the House of Representatives, but Speaker Boehner just refuses to vote on it — literally. He won’t allow the bill to even come up for a vote.
Then should we look at their new strict measures as it relates to their voter ID laws? Laws which seem to specifically target minority voters. Well, laws which target voters who often vote for Democrats — and many of these voters happen to be minorities.
Or the comments similar to those made by Republican Senator Rand Paul, who said he feels that the Civil Rights Act is unconstitutional.
Quick, name a few of the most recognized faces of the Republican party or the right-wing media:
George W. Bush, John Boehner, Dick Cheney, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, John McCain—I’ll stop there. The list, of course, is just based on who I think of when I think of recent “big name” Republicans.
Notice anything? Almost entirely male, with only one female — and every single one of them is white.
So they sure as heck don’t represent minorities.
The Poor/Middle Class
Last year they threatened to allow tax breaks for every American to expire, unless the top 2% got to keep their tax breaks as well. Think about that for a moment. They would rather have 100% of Americans pay more in taxes instead of just the top 2%.
Hell, their entire political ideology is based upon “give more to the rich, then they’ll give back to us.” Their push for fewer regulations, eliminating the minimum wage, austerity, a flat tax or tax cuts in general always benefit the rich. If they happen to help the other 98% of Americans — well that’s fine and dandy, but that’s not the stated objective.
When millions of Americans needed a job, you know what they did? Forced budget cuts which eliminated tens of thousands of public jobs. Then they have the nerve to accuse those needing government assistance of being “lazy moochers.” Nothing quite like forcing people on welfare, building policies which ensure more people will rely on welfare, then complaining about people being on welfare.
How exactly do they represent workers? They vigorously oppose unions (you know, the things which fought to give us safe working conditions, overtime pay, health benefits, weekends, holidays and worker’s compensation). They always oppose any mention of a hike to our minimum wage, don’t support regulations which would keep companies from outsourcing jobs and often fight against any government regulation which might provide protections for workers against unethical business practices by their employers.
When it comes down to helping the business or the worker, they choose the business every time.
Ah yes, the “pro-life” party. Ironic considering they also often brag about their frequent use of the death penalty. Republicans are great at caring about an unborn fetus, it’s just the whole — rest of his or her life they tend to not care about. You know, because if that child happens to be born female, into a family of immigrants who aren’t Christians, who happens to be gay and ends up working blue-collar jobs their entire life — that child is everything Republicans constantly stand against.
So let’s see, we’ve established Republicans don’t represent:
- Religions other than Christianity
- The poor or middle class
- Fetuses after they’re born
So, just who in the hell do Republicans represent?
Well, all that’s left is:
And those are the only people most Republicans actually represent.