Sep 26, 2020
I used to be a Republican. I know.
Republicans don’t stand for anything now.
I used to be one. Like a lot of millennials, I grew up in a neoliberal household that filled our heads with stories about welfare queens and illegal immigrants. Our parents listened to Rush Limbaugh. They complained about taxes and crime during dinner. They schooled us in trickle down economics and deregulation. They excused our racist grandparents. “They’re just old. There’s no point in arguing with them.” They told us that evolution was hard science, but climate change was a hoax.
They watched “Dallas” every Friday night.
Donald Trump was the cool rich guy who showed up in commercials, and sometimes our favorite TV shows like “The Nanny.”
How bad could the guy be?
We were taught to be apathetic.
Growing up old school Republican, nothing really affected you.
We didn’t go to church or read the Bible, but we also didn’t care too much what evangelicals did. They could watch all the Pat Robertson they wanted, as long as they left us alone.
We called this religious freedom.
We didn’t care much about the pro-life movement. We were confident that no matter what happened, our membership in the middle class would continue to guarantee our access to things like birth control and healthcare. We were politically apathetic, and called it compromise. It was a selfish way to live, only caring about your own rights and happiness.
Our first time at the polls, we voted for George W. Bush.
We regretted it almost immediately.
Republicans don’t stand for the economy.
College didn’t make us more liberal or progressive. Republicans did that, by wrecking the economy.
They’ve done it three times now:
2002: The dot-com crash.
2008: The housing market crash.
2020: The Second Great Depression.
Our current president turned a recession into a cataclysm. He encouraged open revolt against lockdowns, blunting their effectiveness. For months he railed against masks, the one thing that would’ve allowed us to return to our jobs. Now he’s rushing to a vaccine, a move that’s guaranteed to waste millions of dollars in resources.
Donald Trump claims to love the economy, but he doesn’t know the first thing about economics. He didn’t make any of his own money. If anything, he squandered the fortune his father left him.
When republicans say “economy,” they mean greed.
They don’t stand for hard work.
Republicans claim that if you work hard enough, you can get anywhere. But they don’t really believe that.
We spent our adolescence getting good grades and working part-time jobs to pay for our own clothes and phones. In our 20s, we moved out and tried to support ourselves.
We got real jobs and apartments.
Republicans thanked us by deregulating every industry to please rich campaign donors and their lobbyists.
They let a housing bubble destroy the economy. We lost our dream jobs. Millennials either endured the shame of moving back with our parents, or we spent our 20s stitching together gigs and part-time work to get by. We pursued endless side hustles. We worked nights and weekends. We didn’t thrive. We didn’t build wealth. We didn’t start families.
We watched in disbelief as politicians gave enormous bailouts to the very same CEOs who stole our livelihoods, then they hopped on the news to shame us for our social media habits.
They don’t stand for family values.
Republicans are the first to claim family values. But they have just as many affairs and divorces. Our current president has bragged on radio shows about how little time he spends with his own kids.
He makes jokes about banging his daughter.
He takes children away from their parents and locks them in cages, justifying it by saying, “They’re not American.”
He lets toddlers die, because they’re not white.
It’s not just the president.
Red states have higher rates for spousal abuse and domestic homicide. They lead in teen pregnancy and poverty. They ignore pleas for mandatory maternity leave. They’re fine letting parents spend a third of their income on daycare, so they can both hold down jobs.
Most Republicans believe women shouldn’t have to work while raising kids. They belong at home. But they’ve created an economy where it’s impossible to raise a family on a single income.
Under Republicans, families are miserable.
Most of them just don’t know it.
They don’t stand for equality.
Racial inequality helps Republicans cover up the sad state of the economy. Instead of taking responsibility, they blame economic problems on things like immigration and affirmative action.
They tell white people they’re struggling because of government handouts, high taxes, and over-regulation.
They know they’re lying.
They use race as a driving wedge between voting blocks, in order to stay in office. They’re more than willing to let black people die. If anything, it ensures race as a constant point of tension.
They pander to white supremacists for their vote. They tell mobs of angry white people, “You’re not racist. You’re not intolerant. You’re just misunderstood, and taken advantage of.”
Everything they do affirms racist attitudes.
They promote women to positions of power, but only when those women promise to guard conservative values. To be a woman in the Republican party, you have to trade your soul for a political career. You spend the rest of your life tearing down women’s rights.
They stand for corruption.
No other president has tried harder to use the office for his personal benefit. Republicans in general will do anything for money. They’ll say anything for donations and support.
They’ll shake hands with anyone.
It’s easy to wield power when that’s all you care about.
They stand for hate.
For the last decade, Republicans have only stayed in power by encouraging their core voters to hate everyone else.
They tell their base that the real problem is black people. It’s same-sex marriage. It’s immigration. It’s abortion. It’s terrorism. It’s transgender bathrooms. It’s feminists. It’s scientists.
It’s snowflakes and safe spaces.
It’s always anything and everyone but their own leadership.
Republicans have nothing to offer anymore.
A Republican isn’t going to solve your problems.
They’ll give you plenty of excuses. They’ll give you something or someone else to blame your problems on. Republicans are great at promising to oppress other groups. It’s the only card they have left.
They play the hate card.
They’ll take away everyone else’s rights to make you feel safe and superior. They’ll let you march around with a gun.
None of this will make your life any better.
If we keep going in this direction, pretty soon there won’t be anyone left to persecute. That’s when Trump supporters will finally have no other choice. They’ll have to turn on each other.
Homogeneity isn’t harmony.
Trump supporters think their dreams will come true when everyone finally looks and thinks the exact same way. They want everyone to wear the same red baseball cap and worship the same god.
History shows us what happens in homogeneous societies. They don’t achieve peace or harmony. They get restless.
They start looking for reasons to attack each other. They form denominations. They find witches to drown and burn. They find demons to beat out of people, and heretics to execute.
The drive for homogeneity is a self-destructive one. In the long run, societies are better off when they embrace difference.
Hate always turns on itself.
Imagine a world where the Trump administration fulfills its goals.
They attain herd immunity, at the cost of a million lives. They get rid of all the immigrants and Muslims. Everyone is heterosexual, or at least pretends. Everyone salutes the flag. Nobody can get an abortion. Every school has a giant plaque showcasing the ten commandments, even though the president doesn’t follow half of them — and everyone knows it.
That’s when things are going to get truly ugly for Trump’s supporters. They’ll look around and see the truth. It didn’t make their lives magically better. You think they’re angry now. Just wait.
When there’s nobody left to explain why they don’t all have mansions and yachts, they’ll start accusing each other.
Let’s end the nightmare.
Republican vs. Democrat isn’t working anymore.
It never really did.
Anyone who still believes in things like hard work and fairness has jumped ship from the party they grew up with. They’re endorsing a Democrat for the first time ever. This election, Trump and his enablers are going to have a lot more to worry about than swing voters.
We know we need to end Trump’s nightmare administration before hate destroys everything. If we wait for Trump supporters to finally wake up on their own, or if we pander to them, lots and lots of people are going to die, and not just the ones the president likes to make fun of in tweets. It’s going to be someone we care about.
We’ll know we could’ve stopped it.