OK, so I said I wasn’t going to do politics–and for the most part I’m going to hold to that–but something’s been on my mind for a couple weeks now and I have to get it out or my brain is going to explode.
Here it is: The difference between Republicans and Democrats–and I’m primarily talking about voters here–is that Democrats actually believe in what their party does and Republicans don’t–or else they don’t know what they believe, other than what they hear on Fox News.
Let’s take a few issues near and dear to American hearts.
Health care: Democrats support Obamacare, but ultimately want universal and/or single payer health care–because, as we can see from what most other developed countries do, it’s cheaper, more efficient, and delivers better care than the system we have currently.
On the other hand, Republicans DO NOT want the government involved with healthcare and believe it should either be provided by employers or the open market, with the vague promise Trump gave them that this would be much better and cheaper than what we have with Obamacare, which is basically a compromise between these two ideas.
But Republican politicians didn’t do that. They could’ve repealed Obamacare, but that would’ve devastated many of their own constituents, because they couldn’t replace it with Trump’s promise of better and cheaper insurance. Why? Because it’s not possible to do that in a free market system with no government involvement.
On the Economy: Democrats and Republicans actually have pretty similar beliefs, which is that the rich and powerful have too much money and power, and they’ve effectively rigged the system against ordinary people.
This is almost certainly why Trump won the electoral college–because he ran on populist messages like “drain the swamp”, opposing the “global elites” and “crooked Hillary.”
However, look at what’s happened since he’s been in office: this is the most nakedly corrupt administration we’ve ever seen. It’s not even close.
Furthermore, Republican voters were extremely concerned about the debt and deficit–at least, during the Obama administration. And it was a campaign issue for Trump and Republicans in 2016 as well. But what’s happened? A $1.5 trillion tax bonanza for those same rich and powerful people Republicans believed Donald Trump would oppose, all added to the debt.
On Social Policy: Democrats believe we need police and justice reform, because if you look at the numbers, our system of justice is racially biased–hence support for causes like #BLM.
Republicans, on the other hand, want “the wall”, and tweet out #BlueLiveMatter or #AllLivesMatter when police kill black people. Indeed, any talk of multiculturalism or showing respect to minorities is a sure way to trigger conservatives. Just look at their reaction to the Oscars or NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
Now, on this front, I have to say the Trump administration is doing what Republican voters want, sending ICE around like the gestapo to separate children from their fathers and deport undocumented immigrants back to the war-torn countries they fled from, while continuing the drumbeat for “the wall.”
But these viewpoints and this policy essentially has its basis in racism, a charge Republicans continually deny.
So either Republicans who support these policies ARE racist, or they don’t really believe in what the administration is doing.
If this all sounds extremely confusing, that’s because it is.
Indeed, one of the reasons I stopped writing about politics was that, other than to say that Republicans are hypocrites who have no consistent set of values and are so misinformed they continue to walk around with righteous indignation at the idea that they’re the ones who’re being discriminated against, there really isn’t anything else to say.
Make no mistake, Republicans have become a party based on White Nationalism whose policies are intended to make the rich and powerful more rich and powerful. That’s it.
But at the end of the day, all we can do is vote them out in November and do the best we can in our day to day lives.
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Thanks for reading!