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The Republicans used to be the part of the little guy. They ended slavery and were among the lead architects in engineering Theodore Roosevelt’s trust busting administration. But then things started to go awry. In the 1930s, the party was split in half between the liberals and the “old right”. The liberals supported the new deal and the old right did not. This marked the start of the decline in the Republican Party that concludes in the mess it is now. By the time the 70s rolled around, the ideals of the democratic party and the Republican party had flipped and the last liberals left the party. After Reaganomics and the Bush era, the party started to push further to the right. This has culminated in the nomination of Donald Trump for president.
The emergence of Donald Trump is a direct result of the emergence the tea party as dominant force in the far right of the party in the 2014 midterm elections. Due to gerrymandering, the Republicans have taken the house and the senate and will likely continue to until fair elections are actually done. This has led to a very conservative agenda of repealing obamacare over 60 times, trying to illegalize abortion, trying to build a wall to stop immigration, and nominating a complete idiot named Donald Trump for president. These issues are many of which that Republicans have taken the wrong side on and will continue to be on until they start looking at the facts. Here is why they are wrong.
When Donald Trump started in the race, nobody expected him to win but he has won the nomination with an agenda of mostly hate against everyone who is not a white male. The Racist Agenda of Tump is not just something that should concern minorities, but everyone. In 2011 he spun up a conspiracy theory to delegitimize Barack Obama’s presidency. He claimed Obama was born outside of the U.S. in Kenya. Even after Obama released his birth certificate, Trump continued to claim he was born outside of the U.S; trying to undermine the legitimacy of America’s first black president.
This was not the first act of racism by Trump nor the last. During the first presidential debate, he claimed the best method to solving crime was to be tough on it. These are the same methods that got America into the race relations mess it is today. He praised New York City’s stop and frisk policy that was ruled unconstitutional due to it being inherently racist. The policy stopped blacks and latinos far more frequently then it stopped whites. By supporting the policy, Trump is announcing support for systematic racism. He claims that it would be the most effective way to end crime. His views of this are reflected in his supporters, who are much cooler towards groups that are non white or police then all other Republicans.
Several months ago the KKK announced their support of Trump publicly. Rather than condemning this, Trump said he did not know who David Duke is. When running for president in 2000 as the reform party candidate, he condemned David Duke joining the party and said it was a bad thing for the party. The fact is, he did not condemn a clearly racist organization for endorsing his bid shows that he is in fact racist.
Another issue is his lack of truthfulness. He stated several months ago that he saw Muslims in New Jersey cheering the collapse of the twin towers. According to Politifact, this statement is completely false. Many reports from newspapers and the police found Trump’s statement to be untrue and it was rated pants on fire. Yet his loyal supporters still believe him. Another statement made by Trump that was found to be pants on fire was his statement on her immigration policy. He said Clinton’s policy would cause the U.S.’s population to Triple in a week. That would roughly be the population of South America, Central America, and Canada. The main problem with the statement is the perception of Clinton’s border policy. Trump said her policy would allow open borders into the U.S. Her stance is to make it easier to become a U.S. citizen and actually has nothing to do with having an open border. This twisting of facts into things that are completely untrue is common in the Trump campaign.
Trump can seem to do no wrong no matter what he says. His campaign has made facts debatable just as much as opinions now. During his speech at the Republican National Convention, Trump twisted the facts on at least 14 issues. This lack of trustworthiness is worse than Clinton’s emails which Fox News has overblown more than Benghazi. This has culminating in him wanting to His war on Megyn Kelly because she asked the tough questions was well publicized and yet his support did not suffer. He can not wonder around and insult everyone who is not a white male and expect to win an election. Women and Minorities are human beings, which is something Trump has not realized is true yet.
Another reason he is unfit is he wants to build a wall along the Mexican border and make Mexico pay for it. The wall he wants to build will not do anything to stop immigration. 50% of illegal immigrants come into the country legally and then overstay their visas and other legal entries. The wall would be easy to scale as someone would need is a ladder and some rope to get over it. The wall also has very low support from those who live along the border as mentioned in this John Oliver video. According to the video the wall would conservatively cost at least 30-40 billion dollars.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Trump has recently been accused of sexual assault by many different women. The claims appear to be true but Trump denies them by saying the women are too ugly for him. We can not trust Trump to say they are not true as he has issues with telling the truth to America. We can not elect someone who is a sexual predator as president.
On top of everything else, Trump makes constant defamatory statements against women and minorities and that is the final straw in a hole list of things that make him unfit to be president. He has said he wants to ban Islamic immigration into the country and many other things related to the racism of minorities. This promotion of xenophobia is not something America needs out of major presidential candidate let alone the Republican nominee for president.
Abortion is a fundamental right and is not something that should be limited because of religious beliefs. If someone believes that abortion is wrong than they have the right to believe that but they do not have the right to limit the access of abortion due to their beliefs. This has become a major problem among red states. Their religious beliefs take hold and they institute more and more restrictive abortion laws. A phrase in the first amendment relating to the separation of church and state says ““Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” This statement means that the government can not make laws restricting the use of abortion because of simply religious beliefs and states have been getting around this law by saying that they are “protecting women’s health” by limiting access to abortion. The thing is, abortion is a very safe procedure to have. According to Abort 73, an anti abortion non profit, 2 women out of 1.06 million women who got an abortion in 2011, died, which puts the percentage chance of one dying of an abortion at 0.00019%. This is less than other common medical procedures according to this John Oliver video.
The argument of abortion laws protecting women’s health is invalid and we are back to the point of the reasoning behind restrictive abortion laws being religious. The effects of the laws is not worth it. The laws affect those who are poorer disproportionately. They can not afford the cost of having to travel many miles and then having to stay overnight because of the mandatory waiting period. This shoulders many people with children they do not want or/and do not have the means to care for. Unless they come up with a plan to care for all the extra children and even then banning abortions is not the way to go.
The Republicans led by Donald Trump have been floating plans to ban immigration for some groups and limit for other. What this does though, is make it easier to discriminate against certain groups such as Islamic and African Americans. Due to terror attacks in Europe and other parts of America many republicans want to ban Islamic immigration into the country and put those already in the country under increased surveillance. The reasoning that they are terrorists is not a good one as according to The Huffington Post, 94% of terror attacks in America are carried out by an american. In fact, according to that same article, 0.000009% of Muslims are terrorists. This is not a good reason to ban the immigration of an entire religion due to the act of a few individuals. It would be like arresting all the right wing conservatives in America because a few of them shot places up such as in the Colorado Springs shooting and the Louisiana movie theater incident. More attacks are carried out by White Supremacists then Islamic’s and yet they are still referred to as “terrorists”. Should we start calling Right Wing Conservatives Terrorists because they commit more attacks than Muslims.
This is only one issue with discrimination and the conservatives. They discriminate against African Americans and Women just as much as they discriminate against Islamic’s. Blacks are often categorized as being “lazy” when they are stuck in a cycle of poverty that is nearly impossible to get out of with the price of college rising. Schools in the inner cities are typically not as good in the suburbs where residents are wealthier and the lack of low income housing stock is becoming an issue for others. According to Talk Poverty, 24.1% of African Americans are in poverty compared with 9.1% of whites. Republicans want to eliminate some programs that allow those in poverty to stay off the streets and this seems to be attack against minorities. Women on the other hand have seen their reproductive rights attacked again and again and this does not appear to end anytime soon. This is not the only issue they face. Women are constantly sexualized by men and the gender wage gap does not appear to be going away anytime soon. It is not a good time to be a minority or woman in America because of this.
These are the issues I decided to focus on that the Republicans have taken the wrong side on. There are many others that have just as much of an impact on the country such as Poverty that I have not focussed on. I can assure you that the Republicans have taken the wrong side on these issues as well. On Tuesday vote for a better future in our country and do not vote for the Republican party. We can not have a president who does not have temperament to be it. Vote for Hillary Clinton and the rest of the democratic party and our country will be safe. Vote for Donald Trump and our country will have dire consequences.