Why Would Anyone Ever Vote for a Republican?

I have voted for a Republican a few times in the past, but I would have to be out of my mind to do so today. The Republican Party, by its own admission, now has no ideology, no platform, and only seek dominance at whatever cost to We the People. Our friend Jeff has written an excellent post that perfectly reflects my own views of today’s GOP and I am sharing it with you this afternoon. Thank you, Jeff, for both your words and implied permission to share them!

On The Fence Voters

From time to time, I like to pose a question to those out there who vote, at least those who do so fairly reliably every two years: Why in the hell would you ever vote for a Republican?

Because, quite frankly, the evidence is overwhelming that the GOP, as it is presently constituted, represents a clear and present danger to the American people. Do you think that sounds a little harsh? Too bad. I write and speak as someone who’s seen enough of this party to know we’re in deep trouble if they’re ever able to get power back. How much more evidence do we need?

Voting for a Republican president these days will get you the possibility of more crackpots and extremists who will sit on the Supreme Court for years into the future. Look no further than the current iteration of radical judges occupying that body, brought to…

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23 thoughts on “Why Would Anyone Ever Vote for a Republican?

  1. Jill,

    Although I can certainly agree with and appreciate the satire and wisdom of yours and Jeff’s justified frustrations (to put mildly?) with how much the Republican Party and its new generation of radical extremists have taken over the helm of the Party’s direction by the former Narcissist, I must humbly mention that it isn’t just one super wealthy Party and its hypnotic transfixiation by pandering put on its base and fringe supporters to vote their candidates into office DESPITE by doing so will not be in their own best interest long-term—unless of course you yourself are mega-wealthy and in the upper 10%–1% of America’s “elite” socioeconomic class.

    I am currently composing a fairly lengthy blog-series regarding the specific reasons why America’s democracy is indeed on the verge of becoming the opposite of what Abraham Lincoln impelled Americans, North and South, to diligently pursue in his Gettysburg Address in the coming months of victory and in the wake of the Civil War. It was “[a] government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Essentially a more egalitarian republic. But sadly today we are perilously on the verge of becoming a nation of oligarchs in a plutocracy. This reality is much closer than many Americans realize! Why is this?

    One major reason?: Article V of our Constitution. Second, our Constitution is today setup more than ever since Citizens United (2010) and out-of-control campaign financing that protects the wealthy of America, their corporations, and their personal-occupational self-interests as well as their state and federal candidates and elected officials—especially in the Senate and Supreme Court.

    Today, more than ever in our nation’s history since the Gettysburg Address, the disappearing and collapsing middle-class of the U.S. MUST… no, HAVE NO CHOICE but to organize a people’s Constitutional Convention to reform and then ratify changes in our badly antiquated U.S. Constitution, on several levels!

    But I digress. 😉 Enough of my whining.

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    • I agree with you 100%, Prof. And, I am looking forward to your series, so please let me know when it starts! The problem with amending the Constitution is that it’s very difficult and in this, the era when we are more divided than at any time in over 100 years … it seems an impossible task. Heck, we cannot even agree on whether we should be allowed to vote, let alone changes that would cement those and other rights. However, I’m up for the challenge … lead the way!

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      • Yes Jill, of the 3-4 early tasks required for a People’s National Constitutional Convention to legally and with necessary authority to 1) get in front of two-thirds of the State Legislatures of 34 states to present Amendments to all 50 States, then 2) three-fourths of the States (38) would need to ratify the State’s Conventions proposals. From the National Constitution Center* in Philadelphia, PA:

        Article V does potentially provide a way for the states to bypass Congress, although it has never been used. Article V says that “on the Application of two thirds of the Legislatures of the several States, [Congress] shall call a Convention for proposing amendments.” The convention can propose amendments, whether Congress approves of them or not. Those proposed amendments would then be sent to the states for ratification. As with an amendment proposed by Congress, three-quarters of the states would have to ratify the amendment for it to become part of the Constitution.

        Hence, it will be an uphill battle because although “the people”—that is 81,282,632 American voters (51.3% plus of the country) for Joe Biden in 2020, plus more Independents & Moderates—would no doubt be fighting fiercely the WEALTHY political interest groups purposely and maliciously interfering with the National Peoples Convention to stop it. We know exactly who this would be (the wealthiest 1%–10%. Because once it goes before a two-thirds State Legislatures, Congress, and especially the (typically owned Republican) Senate, cannot stop it from going to possible/potential ratification.

        So yes Jill, the unity of the American people in this particular process, along with those supporting State Legislatures… MUST STAY AIR-TIGHT STRONG as one until it goes to the 50 states for (3/4’s) ratification! But here’s the good part Jill:

        Most of the nation is already extremely fed-up with our federal government’s indecisiveness, grid-lock, and hyper-polarization! Consider the alternative to a People’s National Constitutional Convention. It would be “business as usual,” same ole same ole ad infinitum. And THAT form of governing has been broken and progressively failing the American people for at least four decades now. So there is hope. 🙂

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        * – Source: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/interpretation/article-v/interps/277

        Emphasis mine.

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    • I think it goes even deeper … they are unhappy because they are being told that they should be unhappy. They are fed a steady diet of bigotry, constantly told that they are being marginalized and that the source of their troubles is immigrants, poor people, Black people, LGBTQ people, and they, in their ignorance, believe the lies they are told.

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  2. Jill, I posted this on Jeff’s well done post. I am pasting it here rather reinvent the wheel.

    When I left the GOP around 2008 to become an independent, I had three principal reasons:

    -the stance on climate change
    -the unhealthy embrace with evangelicals and NRA
    -the greater propensity to make things up

    Republicans would typically see the last one and say both sides lie and they are right. But, it is not a normal distribution, being more heavily weighted to the right. And, in the age of Trump it has only gotten worse. I can argue policy with Democrats, but with Republicans I have to correct their misinformation.

    I said this about ten years ago, but most Republicans are voting against their economic interests and have no idea they are. Your first picture pairing two sets of GOP voters speaks volumes.

    And, what I find funny is the GOP is making such a big deal out of election protections based on the Big Lie perpetuated by Trump and his sycophants. Looking back to the Voter ID and gerrymandering bills that got passed in state legislatures since 2010, the GOP cheats far more than the Democrats do, although they both are prone to game the system.

    But, if people are concerned about climate change, please do not vote Republican. If people are concerned with civil rights, please do not vote Republican. If people are concerned with healthcare access, please do not vote Republican. If people are concerned about voting rights, please do not vote Republican. If people are concerned with the environment, please do not vote Republican.

    My former party used to tout being the party of values, law and order and fiscal responsibility. They do not check any of these boxes anymore. Lying is not a value. Rationalizing an insurrection caused by a Republican president is not lawful. And, increasing the debt and deficit just as much as Democrats do is hypocritical. But, in short, when the truth tellers are vilified and the liars are aggrandized in the party, that shows the party is untethered to the truth.

    Democrats are not perfect, but I do not see the same level of lying and malevolence as I do under the GOP. Until the party leaders are told the truth matters and held to account, this won’t change. Keith

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    • You are so right on all counts, my friend. I well remember the days when the GOP actually stood for something. I voted Republican a few times, but somewhere along the line they lost any sense of direction or values they once had. Today, they promote racism and bigotry in all its forms, and have selected as their ‘leader’ a ‘man’ with absolutely NO moral compass. They no longer represent We the People, but only the wealthy, only the bigots, and their only platform seems to be to destroy the Democratic Party and turn this nation into one dominated by wealthy white Christian males. If they have to lie, cheat, and steal to get there, then that’s what they will do. The complete dedication of all but two congressional republicans is disturbing … surely there are some who, deep down inside, do support the voting rights bills, yet they are too cowardly to vote against their party’s “leadership”, such as it is. Sigh.

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      • Thanks Jill, Professor. There are another ten or so Congressional GOP folks who have made votes to hold Trump and others to account. I think they are worth reaching out to. I think I got the list from one of your posts. People like Upton, Meier, Katko, Herrera-Butler, etc. My representative is a Trump sycophant, so he won’t jump ship until it is afire. Keith

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  3. Thank you for sharing!!.. Birds of like feather, flock together and those who were elected merely told those who voted for them what they wanted to hear in order to get elected.. in the past there have been politicians, etc who have switched parties, become independent, etc because of the thinking of the voters.. 🙂
    The root cause lies within mindset of the voters, the people and while one cannot turn a blind eye to the leader, one needs to concentrate on the followers… 🙂

    Hope you are feeling much better and until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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    • You have hit the nail on the head when you say that the root cause lies within the mindset of the voters … and it seems to me that we have a large supply of under-educated, ignorant voters who care more for a single issue such as abortion, than they care for the future of the nation. But how do we show them the error of their ways? How do we convince them that their single issue is less important than the greater good? Sigh.

      I am feeling somewhat better, though I am still only able to be on my feet for 5-10 minutes before dizziness and exhaustion set in. I have, however, managed to cook a few meals and clean the bathroom a few times! It’s progress, just slower than I would like.

      Thank you for that lovely Irish Saying, my friend!

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  4. Anyone who was interested in Science Fiction in the 50s and 60s would have read a series of books by Isaacs Asimov, a visionary. Foundation (1942), Foundation and Empire (1952), and Second Foundation (1953) pretty much predict the recent history of the United States. He even predicted a character, The Mule, who is forerunner to the present day American nemesis, Donald J. Trump. To the uninitiated the comparison might not seem that great, but it just takes a bit of imagination to see its truth. Being a good American writer, he wraps everything up quite nicely in the third book. We are not there yet. And we may never be!
    Why am I saying this. No real reason. Just that if someone had heeded Asimov’s warning 70 years ago, the Earth might not be as it is today.

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  5. As corrupt and incompetent as Johnson is. As bad a mess he is making of the country he is supposed to be in charge of. As much as he likes to work part time and hold parties while the rest of us lockdown. As much as he breaks the law. Still about 33% of the population will vote for him. More as the inevitable media fight back starts. The world is mad and I don’t understand it.

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        • They used to have a platform, but it seems to me that it began to really unravel when we elected a Black man for not one, but two terms to the highest office in the land. It may have begun to unravel before that, but I think that Obama’s success and popularity were like a slap in the face to the Republicans who spent 8 years trying to block his every move. And now? Their only platform is to destroy democrats and promote bigotry in all its forms: racism, homophobia, misogyny, and more. What they seem to value is a white, Christian, male nation. That is NOT a country I could live in.

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