Ever since Hillary Clinton stepped onto the political scene, the GOP has made a point of attacking any female Democrat who ascends to any level of political influence on the national scene. Since the 90’s, they have used Hillary as their go to punching bag with Nancy Pelosi their second favorite target.
In 2020, it will be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She is already being vilified for her political views, which there is nothing wrong with making a valid case against. However, like with Hillary and Nancy, Alexandria is also the recipient of some of the most hateful attacks ever, many of which come from wealthy white men or women who are out of touch with society and who do not care if they are the least bit inaccurate.
Once you get beyond the hateful rhetoric aimed toward women, the new GOP turns their attention towards their hate of people of color, non-Christians, foreigners, educators, journalists, and even moderates.
They claim to love “their country” which is really code for white ruled, white owned, and white entitled. They forget our history by attempting to rewrite our history books, ban anything that goes against their views, and even bastardizing their beloved Bible. They would love to have us believe Jesus was a white man who fought to defend mankind from the evils of anything non-Christian, rather than a person who embraced all people from all circumstances and who was loathed by the power brokers of his time. In other words, people like Trump.
Once the GOP gets you to hate, they go about their next tact which is to instill fear. They teach the gullible to immediately pass judgment on all people they can quickly identify as the enemy of the state. You should fear anyone who looks different than you, thinks different than you, or offers up different solutions to our problems. Different is bad if you are in the GOP despite this nation’s long history of prospering off of our uniqueness.
However, at the end of the day, what has the GOP accomplished under Trump? Did they get that wall built and was it paid for by Mexico as promised? Did they make the world safer or has it become more unstable thanks to the many fractured relationships created by Trump?
Has he been able to work with both political parties to pass anything of value or has he relied on executive action, the same kind he warned us was a problem under Obama? Has he even delivered on his promise to be a working president, one who claimed he would not be taking vacations or skipping out to golf like he convinced so many was a short coming of Obama?
The GOP, under Trump’s urging, will have the ignorant believe anyone who opposes them wants this nation to become like Venezuela. However, under Trump, we are more like Venezuela today than ever. A select portion of our population benefits from his rule while the rest are labeled, marginalized, and are the recipients of hate attacks by his henchmen. He relies less and less on the other two branches of our government and more on a dictatorial approach of executive orders. He believes he is above the law.
Worse, he has embraced and defended men like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-Un while ridiculing the leaders of our strongest allies. He has sided with the intelligence of our enemies over our own intelligence reports and takes the word of some of the most brutal leaders over the word of our own experts.
Trump and the GOP know they have no defense for their actions other than to try and convince you they have gone against the principals our nation were founded on because we are a nation under attack. What they do not want you to know is they are the enemy who are attacking the American way of life. They are reducing next year’s election down to a choice of loving their brand of hate or hating those they blatantly label as evil.
What the GOP does not do is offer up new solutions to our real problems. Under employment and poor earning wages is a problem for half the nation. Rising health care costs, deregulation of air quality standards, increased spending on the military, and a tax structure that makes the rich richer and leaves the struggling further behind have not made this a better country.
Worst of all, the GOP has become the party that lacks courage. They are too afraid to stand up to the worst leadership this nation has ever faced, one that openly spreads hate and misinformation and goes to any length to quash the truth. They have become a gutless bunch of mostly old and wealthy men who have forgotten the biggest coward of them all is the man who sits in the Oval Office touting to be something he isn’t.
Donald Trump is the biggest problem this nation has faced in my lifetime. He poses a greater threat than Communism ever did. He, more than any foreign power, threatens our institutions we were built on. He more than any other threat, would have us believe his methods of totalitarianism are acceptable while our freedom to think and speak our minds is a threat to the nation.
I have no idea who the Democratic Party will select to run against Trump next year. I do know, he has had enough time in power to show his true colors and they are anything but Red, White, and Blue. I have seen enough to know he, and anyone who receives his endorsement, is not even factored into my thinking as a viable solution to our problems.
Donald Trump and the new GOP are the best argument to not vote for anyone next year who runs on his coat tails.
Thank you Mr. Trump for making my decision the easiest voting decision of my life.
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Jim is a life long resident of California and retired school teacher with 30 years in public education. Jim earned his BA in History from CSU Chico in 1981 and his MA in Education from Azusa Pacific University in 1994. He is also the author of Teaching The Teacher: Lessons Learned From Teaching. Jim considers himself an equal opportunity pain in the ass to any political party, group, or individual who looks to profit off of hypocrisy. When he is not pointing out the conflicting words and actions of our leaders, the NFL commissioner, or humans in general, he can be found riding his bike for hours on end while pondering his next article. Jim recently moved to Camarillo, CA after being convinced to join the witness protection program.