So I’m coming back to this series of blogs discussing what I hate about Republicans discussing one point in each blog. At some point, I plan to move on to what I hate about Democrats, politics in general, and the media (probably sometime in the fall of 2071 at this rate :(). What I initially expected to be 3 or 4 subjects quickly expanded as I started giving the topic some thought. I limited it to 10:
- Voter Suppression
- Edification of Greed
- Extreme Nationalism
Obviously, I could write a book on each and every topic–and maybe that’s something I will ultimately do. The problem with blogging in such a partitioned way is the loss of context which I think is crucial to understanding what Republicans are trying to do.
A good example of this is an element of social conservative philosophy I–and others on the left–call the Fall From Grace theory. For many social conservatives, the Founding Fathers are, like Christ and the Disciples (or Adam and Eve), fetishized archetypes representing the purity and apex of an ideal–an ideal from which, according to conservatives, we have strayed. Having fallen from grace we need to “get back to our core values” in order to right the ship.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? It should. This is a key tenet of fundamentalism.
Obviously this is a nonsensical concept since America’s values have been evolving constantly since our nation’s inception (see slavery, women’s suffrage, civil rights, etc.). Nor were our founding Fathers of one unified mind. Their greatness lies in their ability to bring such strong willed and brilliant men of wildly disparate opinions not only to accord but an accord that still stands among the great achievements in political thought. But Republicans don’t overly concern themselves about being historically accurate (I’m looking at you, Newt). In fact, they outright oppose it. Tea Party Republicans in Tennessee are fighting to have slavery–and the fact that many Founding Fathers owned them–removed from history books (And don’t even think about mentioning Thomas Jefferson’s jungle fever). They don’t want anything that makes America ‘look bad’ being taught to children.
This is Orwellian propaganda at its unmitigated worst.
Yet the reasoning behind this philosophy is synergistic. It incorporates several Republican/conservative ideologies that I am critical of including anti-Americanism, extreme nationalism, and Christian fundamentalism. This is a crystal clear snapshot of their vision for America. But when you break the actions down into parts, you can lose the image of the whole.
The Republican party needs to be exposed for what it is: a party of fear and hate.
Force conservatives to either admit to that fear and hatred or distance themselves from it. And if you want make the argument that the Democratic party has titanic problems as well, I’ll be the first to agree with you. But the Democrats aren’t pushing for more war in Iran and Palestine. Democrats aren’t legislating against LGBT Americans’ right to marry. Democrats aren’t trying to take reproductive and contraceptive rights away from women. Democrats aren’t pushing stupid laws like Florida’s stand-your-ground self-defense law, which let Trayvon Martin’s killer walk away from the scene of the crime without arrest, murder weapon in hand. Democrats aren’t trying to re-segregate schools in North Carolina, or take the truth out of American history classes, or science out of education. Democrats aren’t trying to prevent Muslims from building mosques and practice their religion freely.
These are things we should be talking about. I don’t want to lose the general idea of Republican lunacy because I keep fixing my nose to each little point.
‘Cause there is a lot to hate about today’s Republican party.