After Biden kicked ass in the Veep Debate, some conservatives were posting stuff like, “Sorry to burst your bubble, but Republicans see it differently.” Well, the GOP see a lot of things differently, and it doesn’t make them right.
It’s members of the GOP who think it is OK to parse “kinds” of rape, making up nonsense phrases like “legitimate rape” and “forcible rape,” and to use their definitions as an excuse to deny someone medical care or legal recourse.
It’s members of the GOP who think stealing elections, voter disenfranchisement and voter ID laws, voter registration fraud, and True The Vote vigilante groups are all a good thing, and not Jim Crow 2.0.
It’s the GOP who have politicians suggesting that the failing housing market needs to hit rock bottom, and blaming the poor for accepting fraudulent loans, then pretending it is to their credit when things get better.
It is the GOP pretending that Obama “promised” to lower unemployment statistics to under 8%, and using that as a cudgel to slam POTUS with for 43 straight months, and then who claim that the Bureau of Labor Statistics is making its numbers up when the unemployment rate dips to 7.8%.
It’s members of the GOP who fail to see the value of PBS, NPR, Pell Grants, museums, national parks, the Arts and other life-enhancing programs that supplement a decent education (which they aren’t keen on spending much money on, either).
It’s the GOP who support things like Citizens United, calling corporations “people” and money “free speech.”
It’s the GOP who think that Bush’s crappy policies and wild spending are irrelevant now that he has left office, but refer back to Lincoln and other historical political figures and try to claim their policies ARE relevant.
It’s the GOP who has members praising the idea of slavery as “not being so bad.”
It’s the GOP who hate the idea of Affirmative Action and civil rights, or who deny that discrimination even exists, and who think it should be okay for a businessperson to refuse to serve gay people or people of color if s/he chooses to.
It’s the GOP who claim that “white women voting for Obama is just like black people voting for the KKK.”
It’s the GOP who claim that people vote for Obama just because they “want “more free crap.”
It’s the GOP who opposed the Lily Ledbetter fair pay law, and who try to meddle in women‘s private medical decisions or oppose covering contraceptives with insurance while not blinking an eye that erectile dysfunction medication is covered.
It’s the GOP who keep trying to place Bible-based signs and displays in public (taxpayer-funded) or government buildings.
It’s the GOP who based their entire RNC theme on a comment from POTUS which was taken out of context, and who are airing similarly edited adverts that do not accurately reflect what was said or meant.
It’s the GOP who say things like “some girls rape easy.”
It’s the GOP who rally to deny gay people equal rights.
It’s the GOP who has mouthpieces calling women “sluts.”
It’s the GOP pushing abstinence-only sex ed, which is a failure.
It’s the GOP raising hell and blaming Obama whenever gas prices go up, while remaining oddly silent when they fall…even though speculation has a lot more to do with gas prices than anything any president does or doesn’t do.
It’s the GOP signing pledges written by and listening to advice from un-elected nutjobs like Grover Norquist.
It’s the GOP who insist humans and dinosaurs co-existed.
It’s the GOP who refuse to pay attention to fact checkers.
It’s the GOP who have been gunning for Medicare since day one.
It’s the GOP who have been caught calling Obama a Socialist who wants to take away Medicare, the same program they seek to gut or destroy.
It’s the GOP who wants to privatize Social Security, ignoring that it is doing just fine as is, and that privatization of Social Security prior to the 2008 bank collapse would have ruined anyone relying on Social Security to survive.
It’s the GOP who resist raising the payroll tax ceiling (FICA) that funds Social Security, locking it at 97k/year (I’m told that this has been raised to a little over $1o6k/year, which is still nowhere near the proposed minimum of $200k/year that Dubya resisted adopting), instead of raising or eliminating it, because they feel it is unfair to the rich, who should pay the same into Social Security even if they earn millions a year as someone earning 97k a year (or, now, a hair more than $106k a year).
It’s the GOP who ignore legitimate polls conducted by professional polling organizations when they don’t go their way, while clinging to opinion polls hosted by conservative websites.
It’s the GOP who think ketchup and pizza are vegetables.
It’s the GOP who cry out for already-provided birth certificates (that no candidate has ever had to provide before) while ignoring that their candidate is hiding his tax returns (that every candidate since George Romney has traditionally provided), and who think college transcripts (that no candidate has ever had to provide before, and which cannot be shared freely with third parties due to federal law) are equal to tax returns.
It’s the GOP who can’t figure out why it is wrong to impose your personal religious beliefs on everyone by making those beliefs into legislation.
It’s the GOP who think “papers please” laws are OK.
It’s the GOP who think privatizing prisons is a great idea.
It’s the GOP who think listening to our allies on any subject is weak.
It’s the GOP who have tried privatizing social services like firefighting and policing, with devastating results (like burned-down homes).
It’s the GOP fighting unions and increasing the minimum wage.
It’s the GOP suggesting that we raise the retirement age.
It’s the GOP fighting healthcare.
It’s the GOP who believe in “ex-gay” therapy, which denies science and has been proven to be a failure.
It’s the GOP being obstructionist and filibustering and vowing to make Obama a “one-term president” from day one.
It’s the GOP Photoshopping Obama into “witchdoctor” images and worse.
It’s the GOP who go around all butt-hurt and try to report websites, Facebook groups and individuals they disagree with.
It’s the GOP who propose we build a bigger wall between the US and Mexico and oppose the DREAM Act.
It’s the GOP who are forming groups specifically designed to harass people at polling sites.
It’s the GOP who attack fictional characters like Spongebob, The Lorax, Tinky-Winky, Dora the Explorer and Big Bird for “brainwashing” children.
It’s the GOP accusing non-partisan groups like the Tax Policy Center, NASA (and scientists in general), the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities of being partisan when facts do not concur with Republican talking points.
I could go on, but suffice it to say that I do not care one iota if the conservative world view once again fails to reflect reality or promotes bad ideas, or disagrees with my own worldview. They have a right to believe as they wish, but when they are wrong, as they often are, then I have a right to reject their nonsense. I am appalled every day to hear the amount of utter crap coming out of the mouths of some Republicans. They make the conservatives I know personally–who are good people–look bad by association, and I am utterly sick of it.
Sad but true: reality has a liberal bias.