Since the election of President Barack Obama, followed by the emergence of the ultra-conservative Tea Party, today’s so-called conservative movement has quickly evolved into an extremist ideology. Every day there are Republicans and right-wingers on talk radio or Fox News obstructing, distorting or maligning some policy supported by the President whether it be Obamacare, Syria, a tax increase on the rich, healthcare that includes birth control for women, etc, etc. If the obstruction wasn’t bad enough, we also have these Republican pols who are suppose to represent their constituents, but only answer to conservative talk radio talk hosts who get paid big bucks to put out constant hate-filled narratives about the President. Narratives such as Obama sympathizes with Muslim terrorists, or Obama is a socialist who wants to institute death panels, or Obama hates our men and women in the military.
This is damning evidence that the Republican Party today has been taken over by an ideology the country has not seen since the days of Sen. Joseph McCarthy – a name synonymous with political intimidation, character assassination, and demagoguery. Just like Texas Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz, Joe McCarthy’s ideological campaign was boosted by media figures, and conservative think tanks. But today’s McCarthyism comes in the form of right-wing cable television, a bunch of far-right radio hosts, right-wing tax-exempt political organizations like the Tea Party, and of course the Tea Party Congressmen/women. Since 2010, the aforementioned have been engaged in a sustained character assassination of the President, even challenging his loyalty and patriotism to the country. The real danger in all this is the constant barrage of lies perpetuated to unsuspecting Americans such as “Obamacare will kill you!” or “President Obama is attacking your freedoms and liberty!”
Ironically, the truth is that their brand of extremism is the true oppressor. If their brand of conservatism was an ideology of freedom, today’s conservatives wouldn’t be obsessed with taking away freedoms that they don’t like – like access to affordable healthcare because of the Affordable Care Act, or worker’s collective bargaining rights, or the freedom of women to have control over their own bodies. Is their idea of freedom disenfranchising the poor and minorities? Could it be why almost 100% of minorities won’t support the GOP or the modern day conservative movement? The only freedoms that today’s Republican Party support are granting freedoms to corporations and to CEOs to do as they please, to insurance companies so they’re free to profit at our expense, to banks and corporations so they can run roughshod over regulations and then go unpunished as they hand us a bill for destroying the economy.
All is not lost however. If you believe this new breed of Republicans are depriving Americans of their freedom and liberty at every opportunity, there’s an election next year. If you’re tired of the obstruction and the fear mongering, there’s an election next year. If you’re fed up with the xenophobia and racist undertones, there‘s an election next year. If you’re sick of women being treated as second-class citizens with less pay and no choice, there’s an election next year. If you’re sick of the poor and unemployed being called lazy and criminals, there’s an election next year.
Indeed, polls are showing that Americans are sick and tired of the obstruction and gridlock in Congress, giving them the lowest approval ratings in U.S. history. It is time to make a concerted effort to rid Congress of some of its biggest tea party stars holding back the country. I’m also willing to bet that some of the more moderate Republicans left wouldn’t mind shedding some of these whackos from their party.