Big Dumb Politics

by Bill Brenner on June 8, 2015

Here’s yet another example of the broken political system in the United States. It’s not enough to disagree with people and have a respectful debate. Nope. When we disagree with the other side, we resort to Facebook memes like this:

Vote Republican meme

This one comes from the left side of politics. The suggestion is that if you’re a Republican, you’re a racist who hates everything sane in the world. I know a lot of conservatives, and I can’t say I’ve met one who hates everything on this list.

The “We hate blacks” and “We hate blacks voting” is perhaps the most ridiculous of all. The creators of this piece of stupidity apparently forgot the long history of Southern Democrats owning slaves before the Civil War and fighting Civil Rights tooth and nail in the 1960s.

Republicans hate education and feel women are “a lesser cut of meat”? I know many Republicans who care very much about education. And that lesser meat quote came from one deeply misguided individual.

Conservatives aren’t innocent victims here. They’ve produced more than their fair share of vitriol. Case in point, this meme suggesting only liberal Democrats would go shoot up a movie theater.

Democrats are murderers

The trash flows both ways.

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jonee June 8, 2015 at 10:19 am

The trash may indeed flow both ways Politics should not have to be lableled dumb, but Americans seem not to use their intelligence and common sense in choosing who is to become the new leader of the U.S. It’s just left or right – a children’s game .

Jim Nash June 8, 2015 at 6:33 pm

I like you, Bill, and respect your opinions. I also agree that this kind of generalized sneering will get us nowhere. At the same time, I have to point out that the Southern Dems who owned slaves became the Republican Party. The core beliefs of the two parties switched. To say that today’s Democratic Party is related to the post-Civil War Democratic Party in anything other than its name and the fact that it’s a party of Americans is disingenuous.

Candice June 9, 2015 at 11:11 am

What Jim said. The platforms of the two parties switched in the early twentieth century. Conservatives, historically, have always been the ones to supress/deny expanding freedoms and benefits to disenfranchised groups. It would be SUPER NICE if we could could separate conservative economics and regulation from social issues. Some things need more government intervention than others.

Patrick July 28, 2016 at 6:54 pm

Yep, what the two above said is true. That’s why I laugh when Republicans call themselves “The party of Lincoln”. But Lincoln wouldn’t even recognize the Republican party today.

But again, this doesn’t have to be a left or right choice. A Democrat or Republican choice. There is also a great third choice on the ballot in the Libertarian Gary Johnson.

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