In spite of the election loss, Republicans have continued to anger minorities
After Mitt Romney’s election loss last year, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal famously called on the Republican Party to “stop being the stupid party” in order to stave off future losses. Stupidity however, is the by-product of what the GOP really is; The Party of Hate.
America has gone through a lot of social changes in recent years, but instead of embracing this change, the majority of Republicans have rejected it and have run off in the opposite direction. It is the primary reason why the Republican Party has one presidential election victory in the last twenty years.
Still, at a time when it’s easier than ever for anyone to get their voices heard, minorities of all shapes and sizes are speaking up. Meanwhile, conservatives have ignored these voices and have turned to a new faction within their party determined to ridicule and belittle them.
Conservative distaste for minorities has always been there, but I can’t remember a time when it was directly in front of us like this. I suppose this is the result of the Information Age coupled with a Black President and a vocal extremist wing called the Tea Party.
Everywhere we look, Republicans are attacking minorities either with purpose or pure ignorance. Blacks, Latinos, gays, women and the poor are all targets in some way, shape or form. Despite the warnings from moderate Republicans on the dangers of offending these voters, they are effectively doing just that. They would rather marginalize entire groups of people and risk losing further elections, than try to understand and empathize with them.
“In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits, where a woman can get cleaned out,” – Texas Rep. Jodie Laubenberg
Let’s start with my favorite group; women. The Roe v. Wade decision came down forty years ago, but watching the news you’d think it happened yesterday. Since Obama was elected, US states backed with Republican led legislators have enacted hundreds of anti-abortion laws.
These bills have led to the closing of countless clinics and have effective closed the abortion option to women in some states. Let’s not forget the compulsory ultra-sound exams and the diminishing time frame you can have one.
In addition to abortion restrictions, we have conservative objections to birth control access (you know, the thing that prevents abortions in the first place). Reproductive rights are on the front-line of the Republican war on women, but Republican governors have also repealed laws granting equal pay for women.
One thing that has stayed constant throughout the years is the Republican ignorance toward African Americans. The hate and racism persists no thanks to the false information being spread by right-wing pundits and racism passed down through generations of the white majority.
Listening to these conservative pundits on Fox News, you get the impression that blacks are made up of criminals, murderers, welfare queens and all come from broken families. It’s no wonder they believe Zimmerman was right in shooting an unarmed black teenager on his way home from the store.
Disgust towards African Americans must still run pretty deep in the Party of Hate. If not, they wouldn’t be celebrating the gutting of the voting rights act. Nor would they instantly move toward preventing them from voting, the most important right of any American. It’s clear Republicans would rather shut them up than listen.
“For every child of an unauthorized immigrant who becomes a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds, and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert” – Iowa Rep. Steve King
Nothing seems to strike fear into hardline Tea Party conservatives more than the fastest growing American demographic; Latinos. Net immigration south of the American border is currently at a net of zero and has been for several years. But that hasn’t stopped Republicans from wanting to militarize the Mexican border like never before.
Thanks to the same propaganda that labels blacks in a negative light, Latinos are stereotyped as drug dealers, creators of anchor babies and a strain on the economy. Many Republican still oppose the DREAM act and a path to citizenship. If you don’t speak English, they don’t want you.
“If you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement.” – Michele Bachmann
We all know Republicans don’t like gays; it’s their religion. They view them as an unnatural threat to their traditional values, American families, Christianity and to children. As a result, Republicans are vehemently against the LGBT community and their equal rights.
Republicans rightly receive a lot of flak for not supporting gay marriage, if they had their way it would be constitutionally banned. Some would even take it further by enforcing anti-sodomy laws. So long as religion guides Republicans, they will never embrace the LGBT community.
“It would help the poor people who need jobs. Minimum wage is a mandate. We’re against mandates so why should we have it? It would be very beneficial.” – Ron Paul
Ah, the Poor. A growing class of people that infiltrates every race, religion and sexual orientation. Republicans hate them all. Depending who you ask, they’re either lazy, don’t work hard enough or in some cases don’t even exist.
Many Republicans support the elimination of the minimum wage, food stamps, public health care, public schools and just about anything that helps the poor stay above water. Republican talking points would have you believe these measures would help the poor, when in fact they would only help them, the rich.
It’s a little ironic that the Party of Hate is also considered the Christian Party who consistently claims the moral high ground. Yet, if you’re not Anglo-Saxon white and wealthy in this country they have no place for you.
As stupid as Republicans can sound sometimes, it’s their actions that are going to sink them come election time. All the corporate money in the world won’t help them if they continue to ostracize entire groups. If it weren’t for the religious right, they’d never get more than 5% of the vote.
I know some moderate Republicans don’t follow this brand of hate and fear, but their voices have all but been drowned out. Intolerance and ignorance are the keywords of the GOP, and like never before it’s on the surface for all to see. Republicans have chosen to remain the Party of Hate.