Sorry, Republicans – Your Shaky Moral High Ground Has Been Destroyed Altogether
Republicans have long since held a core of dearly and fiercely beloved set of central conservative “beliefs” that they trot out in defense of their positions.
Republicans are fiscally conservative! Republicans are pro-Israel! They’re pro-life! They’re pro-business and pro-economics and they are pro-family and pro-Jesus and, by God, they are the party of Lincoln!
Of course, liberals see through much of it. After all, history, facts, statistics and scripture disprove many of those dearly-held beliefs. Still, I would say most of us on the left never doubted that those who vote Republican at least believe they vote for those values. Misinformed? Yes. But intentionally malicious? Probably not. After all, the Republican Party has always been the party of spin. And low-information voters get taken in by buzzwords such as “pro-whatever.” They sound good, and the GOP politicians say them so strenuously and so often, after all.
But now that Donald Trump has made a mockery of the White House, even the most uninformed Republican voter can no longer claim these beliefs. They can no longer justify their votes with their “pro-whatever” beliefs. Conservative voters (finally) elected a leader who openly spits on all the things the GOP pretends to stand for – and, in doing so, stripped themselves of their moral covering…no matter how thin and transparent that covering was, before.
Here’s a list of claims Republicans can no longer make now that Trump has taken office. And even if they didn’t vote for him, even if they stayed home or cast a vote of defiance, unless they are openly denouncing our elected leader, they are absolutely included in this group.
Sorry, Republicans, but you did this to yourselves.
Republicans Are NOT ‘FISCALLY Conservative’
The GOP runs on a platform of fiscal conservation. Informed voters know this is a non-truth – or “alternative fact,” if you’d rather. After all, even as Republicans move to slash programs for our neediest citizens, they aren’t doing it to cut down on the deficit. They do it in trade for massive tax hikes for the rich, which always end up costing America far more than food stamps ever do. Furthermore, the only presidents who decreased the deficit in the past 50 years have both been Democrats – former President Bill Clinton and former President Barack Obama.
Still, Republican voters love the sound of social safety net programs being slashed. They feel as though it’s good for the country to be tightening its belt, never realizing that what the country gives up in needed programs, it gets back in massive tax cuts for the wealthiest rather than any true fiscal conservation.
But with the admission that taxpayers will foot the bill for Trump’s wall between the United States and Mexican border, which has been met by deafening silence from the right, even the most uninformed conservative can no longer claim to be concerned with either the deficit or the debt.
Look, Mexico has been quite clear. THEY ARE NOT PAYING FOR THE WALL. And Trump has been quite clear. THE WALL WILL GET BUILT – to the tune of between $15 and $30 billion, by the way. The silence coming from the right simply confirms what liberals have long since suspected.
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Republicans aren’t pro-fiscal conservation. They are anti-poverty program. That’s all.
Pro-Israel? Sorry, GOP…Not Anymore
Israel is one of those ultimate GOP gauntlets. They hold their allegiance to Israel up as some sort of proof of morality. They clutch their pearls and scream “Anti-antisemitism!” when liberals suggest maybe Israel should halt their relentless and inhumane pursuit and persecution of Palestine. In Republican eyes, Israel can do no wrong.
But their leader recently released a statement, in observation of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, that deliberately omitted all mention of Jewish people.
“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.”
No mention of the 6 million Jews targeted by the Nazis – although the Nazis definitely got a shout-out. Instead, the White House claimed it did not want to exclude the others who were also victims of Hitler’s madness. But this is a typical antisemitic tactic. Instead of recognizing that Jews were a target of genocide, instead, it’s inferred they seek some sort of special attention because of just that.
Furthermore, this wasn’t Trump’s first run-on with antisemitism. And you can be certain it won’t be his last. It’s simply his latest in a growing list.
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And that Republican voters didn’t strongly condemn it – or any of the other occasions – show that their pro-Israel sentiment is much less pro-Israel and more likely to be yet another manifestation of their anti-Muslim beliefs.
So stop it, Republicans. We no longer believe you.
Pro-Life? Pro-Family? Pro-Woman? Try Again
“I vote pro-life.”
It’s a statement we’ve all heard. And it’s old and tiresome and we all know it’s not true. Studies show abortion rates fall under Democrats and rise under Republicans. If these folks truly wanted to reduce the rate of abortions, they would support the party whose platform does just that, through access to healthcare, programs like WIC, free birth control, and sex education.
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And then there’s the whole idea that, while Republicans love the idea of restricting a woman’s right to body autonomy in the name of “pro-life,” they do nothing to stem the onslaught of gun deaths. They’re also pro-death penalty, and the majority of them are pro-war.
But the glee many of them express over the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, shows they truly are anything but pro-life. Stripping millions of Americans, including children, of their healthcare results in one thing: Death.
Lots of them.
As in43,000 annually.
Go ahead and ask your Republican friend how pro-life they feel after admitting that.
And as for pro-family? Please. If Republicans were pro-family, they would also be for the following:
A living, minimum wage.
Good, quality paid maternity leave.
Free early childhood education.
But guess what? They’re not. So they need to just stop pretending that they are – those of us who truly are pro-family are getting a little tired of their hypocrisy.
And as for being pro-woman, I’ll simply remind you Trump said he grabs women by the pussy at will. And he still got elected.
Pro-Veteran? Nope, Not That, Either
Trump pays lip-service to the veterans, which makes him exactly like every other GOP politician. And man, Republican voters eat that stuff up, don’t they? They are completely taken in by the photo-ops and the flag pins on the lapels and the misty-eyed salutes to the flag. In fact, they are so taken in by it all the fact that Donald Trump has repeatedly, openly, continuously ripped off veterans doesn’t seem to bother them one single bit.
And that’s in addition to the fact that Trump is an admitted draft-dodger who referred to his avoidance of getting a sexually transmitted disease as his own “Vietnam.” And that’s in addition to the fact that he slammed John McCain, an actual war hero, for being taken as a prisoner of war.
Why? Because Trump likes “people who don’t get caught.”
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Of course, the idea that Republicans are anything but pro-veteran is nothing new to Democrats, who have watched them strike down bill after bill designed to help vets. But now that Republicans have elected a president who is openly anti-veteran, they can’t even pretend to be anything other than that, themselves.
The ‘Party Of Lincoln’
No. Just no. Just…a thousand no’s strung together from here until eternity. They haven’t been the Party of Lincoln since, well, Lincoln. And the next time one of them claims to be, ask them which party fights to hang the Confederate flag from state buildings and which one works to take them down?
And then encourage them to study the Southern Strategy.
And then remind them, loudly, repeatedly, over and over, that they nominated and then elected and are currently supporting a man celebrated by the KKK. And remind them, too, their candidate has installed white supremacist Steve Bannon into a position of power. Oh, and that Trump was sued for racial discrimination repeatedly. That he initially refused to denounce David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the KKK. That he literally said the following:
“I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and at Trump Plaza — black guys counting my money. I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. Those are the kind of people I want counting my money. Nobody else. . . . Besides that, I’ve got to tell you something else. I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is; I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.”
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And still. He won.
After Trump, Republicans are no longer allowed to claim “pro-equality” with anything resembling a straight face ever again.
The Party Of Jesus? Jesus Would Disagree
Much like Republican views on race relations, the Conservative relationship with Christianity is sketchy.
Oh, they get to claim they love Jesus. (Please see the above section on “pro-life” hypocrisy.) And they cry about prayer in school, and whine about needing Jesus in the government, but the truth is, they need to worry about putting Jesus in their hearts before they try to put Him anywhere else.
To begin with, none of the positions listed above seem to line up with the teachings of Christ. Jesus loved the poor, and the marginalized. He sought them out. He went to those on the fringes of the society and offered them His hand. He fed them without question. He healed them for free. He gave mercy. And He would have been much more concerned with how men in power treat a pregnant woman, alone, frightened, and in poverty than He would have been with her freedom of choice.
And then there’s this whole Muslim ban that Trump ran on, won on, and then implemented…all of this, in spite of Jesus’s explicit teachings on how we should treat the foreigner…and the fact that Jesus Himself was a refugee. Take a look at any of these verses – but remember, at the core of His teachings, Jesus said this:
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Trump is not a Christian. He says he doesn’t even ask for forgiveness – a core tenant of the faith he pretends to have. And when pressed for his favorite verse? Why, he rather enjoys the whole “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” bit. But do you know what Jesus said about that particular view?
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.”
Trump’s favorite verse – one of vengeance – is explicitly shot down by Jesus. Yet he somehow managed to capture a huge majority of the white evangelical voting bloc…proving you don’t have to be Christian for Christians to vote for you.
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Much like the shiny flag pin on the lapel, lip service to Christianity does not a Christian make. And although most liberals have long seen – and pointed out – the hypocrisy of the right’s loud but shallow love affair with Jesus, with the rise of Trump, Republican voters can no longer claim to be the party of Jesus.
Republicans May Not Recover From The Shame Of Electing Trump
Donald Trump’s views are nothing new to the Republican Party. He simply didn’t sugar coat them. Instead, he engaged in an open embrace of the forces that have driven the GOP for decades. Anti-poverty. Avarice. Racism. Xenophobia.
After electing an openly greedy, non-Christian racist bigot with no understanding of the economy who is willing to raise the debt by trillions with his asinine policies, Republicans no longer get to pretend they are everything they are not. (Hey – at least Republicans don’t have to pretend to be pro-LGBT equality. They’ve never been for that.)
But by electing a leader who exposes all their many hypocrisies, Republicans have done liberals a favor.
Because they have to own this. They have to own Donald Trump. And that means they have to own everything he stands for, every bit of baggage and nastiness he brought with him. That’s all on them – and they may never recover from the shame of it. They are no patriots.
And we should never let them forget it, either. They don’t deserve it.