I was raised a Southern Democrat in what has become a very red state. We didn’t believe in hand-outs, but trusted the idea that government was beholden to those who had fallen on hard times. We went to church, and were taught that everyone was a child of God, no matter their faith, race, status, or background. While my family has never been all that conservative, we did vote for Republicans. Besides, it always seemed that Republicans and Democrats were able to find common ground and work through their differences.
But something seems to be happening nowadays. The Southern Democrat is a
dying dead breed, and I find myself getting increasingly angry about what Republicans do and say. I used to see them as a party of fiscal responsibility. Now it seems they are becoming a party that believes rich people are rich because they’re good, God-fearing people, and poor people are heathens that got what they deserve.
I mean, in what world is giving tax breaks to millionaires fiscally responsible? Do these people realize that millionaires don’t actually pay 50% in taxes? No, they find loopholes in the tax code, with the help of their lawyers and accountants that only they can afford. And this argument that taxes are crippling our economy is inane. The current tax rates are much lower than they were in the 90s, and I don’t recall the economy suffering all that much back then.
And what happened to the Tea Party/Republican election slogan of slashing budgets across the board? Instead, we’re cutting measly amounts on the backs of the poor, minorities, and women, while increasing the amount going to defense. I see people at Tea Party rallies holding up pictures of Ronald Reagan – as if he could ever get elected by these idgiots. (While we’re on the subject, could there be a worse misnomer for a political movement than “The Tea Party”? These guys really don’t have the grounds to claim “taxation without representation.”)
And what of this whole religious movement in the Republican party? When did Christianity become all about abortions and marriage? In fact, when did Christians become so close-minded that they can’t see the necessity of some abortions and the beauty in all loving relationships? Do we only care about children before they’re born? Do we no longer have compassion for women in abusive relationships, or for children with dysfunctional parents so long as their straight?
Is it just me? Have I changed that much? Has the Republican party always been this one-sided? I’d like to think I’m a fairly open-minded, middle-of-the-road individual when it comes to politics, but I can’t seem to find where that is anymore. I’m looking for the good ol’ days of American politics, but I’m wondering if that was just a fable I learned as a child.