Why I Could Never Be a Republican

just say no republicans

I am politically progressive and liberal. I make no attempt to hide my democratic socialistic tendencies. I am a registered Democrat and a supporter of Bernie Sanders who will drink two or ten shots of whiskey and vote for Hillary Clinton come November. I am an inconsistent pacifist. I am of the opinion that the United States has fought not a just war since the two world wars. And even with these wars, the United States, with its immoral nuclear bombings of Japan and it firebombings of Germany, has shown itself to be as violently ruthless as its enemies. The same goes for the United States’ use of napalm during the Vietnam War. (Please read Napalm: An American Biography.)  Americans love to think of themselves kind, goodhearted people who only resort to violence when backed into a corner, when in fact the United States, thanks to its colonialist, imperialistic, and nationalistic tendencies, is a nation whose history is steeped in the blood of innocents. (Please read The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America 1500-2000.)

Prior to the turn of the 21st century, I was a registered Republican — the party of my tribe. The reasons I am no longer a Republican are many. Let me list a few of them. These statements reflect my understanding of the Republican Party at the national level.  I realize that not all Republicans believe/support the positions that follow.

The Republican Party is and I am not:

  • Pro-life
  • Pro-Christian
  • Pro-gun
  • Pro-NRA
  • Pro-war
  • Pro-Israel
  • Pro-big business
  • Pro-Chamber of Commerce
  • Pro-dark money political contributions
  • Pro-unrestricted campaign contributions
  • Pro-charter schools
  • Pro-unregulated religious schools
  • Pro-Pledge of Allegiance
  • Pro-Christian nationalism
  • Pro-American expansionism
  • Pro-American imperialism and colonialism
  • Pro-military as the world’s policeman
  • Pro-Patriot Act(s) and other government intrusions into privacy
  • Anti-welfare
  • Anti-Environmental Protection Agency
  • Anti-Department of Education
  • Anti-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Anti-affordable college
  • Anti-separation of church and state
  • Anti-LGBT
  • Anti-affordable healthcare
  • Anti-single payer option health insurance
  • Anti-immigrant
  • Anti-undocumented worker
  • Anti-Palestinian/Iranian/Muslim
  • Anti-regulation
  • Anti-abortion
  • Anti-euthanasia
  • Anti-global warming/climate change
  • Anti-science
  • Ant-evolution
  • Anti-minimum wage
  • Anti-Black Lives Matter
  • Anti-atheism

And Best Hits of the Republican Party keep on playing.

And if these things aren’t enough, the Republican Party has committed the biggest crime of the modern era — presidential nominee Donald Trump.

And finally, with lips dripping with the blood of justice, fairness, and equal protection under the law, the Republican Party has called for an all-out war against the LGBT community. Just today, a Republican National Committee subcommittee — thanks to the work of homophobic bigot Tony Perkins, voted to add a plank to their 2016 platform supporting LGBT conversion therapy.

According to a New Civil Rights Movement article by David Badash:

Republican National Committee subcommittee members Monday voted to approve a plank embracing the use of harmful anti-LGBT conversion therapy, after it was introduced by the head of a certified anti-gay hate group. The plank will be voted on by a committee and then all RNC voting members before becoming an official part of the 2016 platform.

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, an RNC delegate, Monday morning met with RNC chair Reince Priebus, reportedly to discuss including the call to support medically dangerous efforts that claim to change a person’s sexual orientation.

Earlier on Monday, according to Badrash, subcommittees of the RNC:

voted for amendments that call for to the Bible being taught in schools, and transgender people to use the restroom of the gender they were assigned at birth, and voted to keep a call for a ban on same-sex marriage in their 2016 national platform.

It is for these reasons, and others, that I could NEVER, EVER be a Republican. They are the antithesis of everything I believe and stand for.

5 Comments

  1. Oldbroad1

    Amen, Brotha Bruce, speak truth to power! As a flaming liberal democrat in the republican political wasteland of the great state of South Carolina……….I feel your pain.

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  2. Brian

    Yahoo preacher man! You remind me that there are wonderful human beings caught in the trap of American politics now. Sorry it has come to this… With the battle down to Clinton and Trump, the choice is clear but it is like choosing between a virus and a good beating!

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  3. Charles

    From a news story I read yesterday, it said that the anti-LGBTQ amendment on reparative therapy to the new party platform was tabled awhile back because of some controversy that broke out, but just within the last couple of days, the party finally went ahead and passed it, so it is now part of the new platform for the Republican National Convention opening next week in Cleveland, Ohio. I just thought you folks might like to know if you had not already heard.

    As per usual, facts mean nothing to the fundie wing of the Republican Party. These are the people who still believe mighty George Washington threw a silver dollar across the Potomac River, regardless of the fact that silver dollars were first issued in 1794 when George was 63 years old and the Potomac in Tidewater Virginia is wide as all get out, meaning too wide for a MLB player to toss a baseball across at age 20.

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  4. Daniel

    I am with you on most of the things, except I am pro gun. And, I am a registered Republican but refuse to vote for most Republicans. I’m a died in the wool “strong” atheist, until I see extraordinary evidence to the contrary.

    I saw a UFO one time in 1977 that is almost certainly an ET craft. I tend to agree with most atheists on woo woo, delusion, and the like, but I get ridiculed quite a lot by atheists (and theists) for saying I saw a UFO and being pro gun. I used to tell very few people about the UFO, but I got tired of being put down for what I have to say, so my attitude is that I will tell the truth and even if no one believes me, at least I know what I saw, and I will take the ridicule. The one response I most often hear to my UFO claim, is the hand saw fiddle sound (which sounds kind of like Slim Whitman’s music in the comedy movie, “Mars Attacks” where the music killed the martians–and I agree it should, LOL). I don’t get angry, because I know I have no proof (other than eyewitness, but my brother is dead and my wife isn’t exactly unbiased, but she is truthful) and people who consider actually believing me without proof isn’t skeptical enough, but we saw what we saw. I was so close to the UFO that I could see the pulsing electricity and the different colors (red, white, and blue–really) mixed together but still somehow distinct.

    I don’t think UFOs are supernatural, and I have only seen one that I “for 99% sure” believe was likely an ET. It took off so fast (“instant acceleration”) from a standstill (it was a sphere) in the air and, I’m not sure any living thing, if any, in it could withstand the G-forces. Or, me and at least three others were somehow hallucinating at the same time. My brother and I saw it up close. One other woman saw it who was in the same general area I was, and my future wife that was about 75 miles away and whom I hadn’t met yet, saw it.

    This uncalled for ridicule doesn’t make me a theist, but it makes me tend to mistrust many atheists who claim that atheists have an open mind. One of my religious sisters says, “well, I don’t have any proof that my religious experience didn’t happen, but it did, and you don’t have any proof your UFO sighting happened, so my experience is just as valid and true as your experience.”

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    1. Charles

      I am interested in UFO sightings from a purely scientific standpoint and am not close-minded to the very real possibility that you did encounter a craft from another world or another parallel dimension. I would very much and very seriously like to hear your story and will do so with open eyes and an open mind. You may contact me at tcbkjbbrown@comcast.net I am not a representative of the U.S. government.

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