Conservative, Republican, Tea Partier – they’re all dreadful words when they arise in social conversation. They’re the words you say when you would like to laugh at politics and how supposedly deceitful they have become. Those words are near jokes. It makes it unfortunate that those words represent political affiliations – especially when they represent an affiliation that you affiliate yourself with. Not that I am a Tea Partier but when someone starts rambling about Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann? My mind starts silently going, ‘Shit, shit, shit.’ It’s not that I don’t agree with some of their politics or don’t like their personalities – let’s be honest, Sarah Palin would probably make a lovely friend – it’s just that they’ve given us Republican minded folk a relatively bad name. Now, when political discussion arise, I am forced to keep my Republican biased mouth mum because if I don’t, I am often told that my politics are just bullying tactics. But, are they?
Early Republican ideology, 19th Century to be quite exact, founds its base through the following slogan: “free soil, free labor, free speech, free men.” Catchy, right? The Party was a firm believer that of containing and eradicating slavery – recognizing that those states without slavery, but instead free men, saw greater economic prosperity. ‘Murica.
The 20th Century found the Republican party favoring businesses. Then there was trust busting and all those new deals and old deals, first deals and second deals. After that came the Bush family – the demise of being able to be a Republican openly and publicly. But please remember, before that came President Reagan who to this day finds his ways through the polls as the most liked United States President thus far.
Then, came now – the 21st Century. The 21st Century being the heyday of supposed crazies like John McCain, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Chris Christie, etc. etc. One was a crazy POW, one a woman who could see Russia from her home, the next a man who read Dr. Seuss in an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, the next a man from Texas who I can’t recall anything specific about, the 1% guy, the large waisted bully who never changes his fleece and all the other ones who have been decidedly labeled as stupid and mean.
During the 2012 election, I had a hard time juggling my political beliefs with my social politeness. When you have acquaintances so entrenched in the Obama culture that they find anyone with opposing beliefs to be “uneducated”, as they say, it becomes rather difficult to remain polite. I would like to think that with a Bachelor’s degree from a well respected University known for its Political Science department… I am kind of educated and kind of know what I’m talking about. But, alas, apparently I did not and my decided reaction to those who made that statement was to politely tell them to piss off.
History shows the Republican party as a kind political party, focused on maintaing the foundation of America. Today, it seems to be popular opinion that Republicans are waging a war on the social welfare of American citizens and have an ‘out to get you!’ attitude. Politely, I disagree. Nonetheless, this has led to a problem… Being a Republican is no longer a pretty thing. Me, being a registered Republican, is a political affiliation that when I share it, is often met with a grimace. These grimaces represent what I would like to affectionately call: Republican Problems.