The Republican Party – Myths and Misunderstandings

The GOP is often labeled with things that could not be further from the truth.

The GOP is often labeled as rich, racist, self-righteous, elitist. And although there is no shortage of independently wealthy conservatives – the rest of the stereotypes hold little truth; as a matter of fact, they could not be further from the truth.

It is time to set the record straight on a few things….

The Racist Republican?

The first Republican President was Abraham Lincoln; he signed the Emancipation Proclamation, forever ending slavery in the United States. Lincoln thought the practice of people owning other people reprehensible.

On the other hand, Thomas Jefferson, the founder of the Democratic Party and a slaveholder, was outwardly verbose about his stand on the inferiority of black people compared to his Caucasian brotherhood. His party fought tirelessly to maintain the status quo.

Even on the official Democratic website (www.democrats.org), there is not one mention of the abolition of slavery.

There must be a disconnect here – I think it may be the Republican Party’s philosophy on welfare reform measures. Statistics define a good majority of welfare recipients to be minorities. Maybe these particular individuals think wealthy conservatives simply do not want to put their hard-earned tax dollars into the welfare pool so they may continue to receive handouts.

Guess what, that part is true – but it is not exclusive to black recipients or any other minority – it is a resistance without color bias. Republicans believe that every able-bodied person should work and pay their own way, just as they believe in keeping taxes as low as possible.

See the correlation? So, racist Republicans? I don’t think so. The Democrats may have that all backwards. Are they loyal to a party that’s deceiving them? That seems more like reality.

The Rich Republican Elite?

One of the mantras of the GOP is, “Small business: where prosperity starts,” and that says it all. Think about that for a moment. What does it take to be a prosperous small-business owner today? I think blood, sweat, tears, hard work, determination and giving 110% starts the list of attributes.

But the point is this – you get what you give; you reap what you sow. I guarantee no one got rich owning a business where they sat back and did nothing. Wealth and success does not knock at your door – you find it, and it is no easy feat. Sure, there are some "silver spoon Republicans," if you will; those that are born into wealth – usually by way of the success of their hard-working parents.

But the Democratic Party has the same occurrence. The bottom line is, the largest part of the wealthy Republican Party membership are not Rockefeller Republicans – they got to be so on their own merit, hard work and will. Ironically, something most of us have built in.

The problem is, some people can’t stop whining how life is unfair long enough to hear their own inner voice that tells them, they too, can reach the stars. So rich, republican elitist? Nah, more like, a perfect example of all that is American.

In summary I think Tom Barrett, a minister from The Conservative Truth (not the mayor of Milwaukee), says all the stone-throwers need to know in the following excerpt:

"Republicans have a long and rich history with basic principles: Individuals, not government, can make the best decisions; all people are entitled to equal rights; and decisions are best made close to home. Abolishing slavery. Free speech. Women’s right to vote. In today’s stereotypes, none of these sounds like a typical Republican issue, yet they are stances the Republican Party, in opposition to the Democratic Party, adopted early on."

Republicans believe in individual responsibility. They believe that the government should be the servant of the people, not their master or their mother.

So even if a Republican happens to be rich, that does not mean they were handed wealth on a silver platter; chances are, that conservative knows hard work and determination well. And it certainly doesn’t translate to being racist, self-righteous, or elitist.

So, next time you’re tempted to judge a book by its cover (if you are one of those people, like most of us are), take the time to think twice about your conclusions; nine times out of 10, I bet you're are little off base, if not completely out-of-line.

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Born Free February 18, 2012 at 10:17 AM
Noelle Lorraine Great essay! Keep up the good work. Here's a short list of socialist intellectuals the Collectivists (Progressives) embrace: Marx Hitler George Soros (Nazi collaborator WW-2) Stalin Pol Pot Che Castro Amin Mao Mussolini Hirohito Lenin Rykov Ho Chi Minh Vo Nguyen Giap Bill Ayers (member of SDS; U.S. domestic bombing terrorist; friend of Obama) Wade Rathke (member of SDS; founder of ACORN; friend of Obama) Kim II Sung In essence the proponents of Collectivism have since 1915 victimized approximately one billion people world wide and contine to do so. Collectivism is a multi billion dollar a year profitable corporate network for elitists who pedal Socialism(s) (snake oils). This socializing rthetoric is union rhetoric. Coincidence? Hardly. How, when, where and why did all that snake oil come about? One could trace it back to the Fabians but for all intents and purposes the finger must be pointed at Karl Marx who's only 2 goals were increase his own personal wealth far beyond what he was already worth and to also rule Russia. He was terrribly envious of Russia's aristocrates, the society he wasn't born into. The rest of the story that leads to the present can be followed here (white paper): http://www.sullivan-county.com/wcva/index2.htm ...and the video here: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8630135369495797236#
Randy1949 February 18, 2012 at 04:34 PM
@Born Free -- Collectivists? Really? Somebody's been reading too much Ayn Rand. (Ms. Rand was, by the way, laughably naive.)
Nancy Hall March 11, 2012 at 03:13 AM
A Rockefeller Republican is not a rich Republican. Rockefeller was rich, to be sure, but he was also a moderate and that's the characteristic to which the term refers. Rockefeller's politics were far to the left of those who claim to represent the party these days. Citing Lincoln's politics in modern times is as absurd as comparing Lincoln to Jefferson. Lincoln's been dead for almost 150 years. I imagine he'd be horrified to see what his party has become. Nonetheless, he was not as racially blind as you suggest. He may have freed the slaves, but he believed that they should be resettled somewhere away from white people. He was opposed to the mixing of the races. Jefferson was not the founder of the Democratic Party, by the way. Nice try, but the Democratic Party did not come into being until the 1830s. This was about 20 years after Jefferson's presidency and four years after his death. Andrew Jackson is regarded as the first Democratic president. On the question of slavery...unless you're arguing that there were absolutely no Republicans in the old south and no Democrats in the North, then slavery really isn't a party issue. There have been racists on both sides of the aisle.
Nancy Hall March 11, 2012 at 03:26 AM
You start your blog with an assumption...that Republicans have been labeled rich, racist, self righteous and elite. By whom? In the comments section of another blog entry, you stated, in essence, that bloggers don't have to be truthful. So, it sounds like you think you can just make stuff up and post it. Is this just another example of you making stuff up, as you did with your historical "facts," in order to rile people up?
Nancy Hall March 11, 2012 at 03:44 AM
To those who believe that Democrats favor policies that coddle the poor...how do you reconcile your beliefs with the fact that it was Bill Clinton who signed a radical welfare bill into law? I know a lot of you still think we have welfare for able bodied men and women, but the fact is that traditional welfare ended with Clinton. It was Ronald Reagan who championed the Earned Income Credit. That's the tax credit for the working poor that has so many Republicans riled up...the tax credit that often means they pay no taxes and may even get additional money in their refunds. Was Reagan one of those radical Democrats who support redistribution of wealth? The truth is that this Republican Party has swung so far to the right that many of the great Republicans you've cited, like Lincoln and Rockefeller, wouldn't recognize it. Even a present day Republican, like the great Olympia Snowe, is so appalled and discouraged by partisan bickering, that she's leaving public office, thereby ending a distinguished career. Instead of patting yourselves on the back because we had a great Republican president 150 years ago, you might want to read and reflect on the statement Snowe published in the Washington Post. I'm sure half of you are rejecting the Post as a reliable source of news, but it is the venue Senator Snowe chose: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/olympia-snowe-why-im-leaving-the-senate/2012/03/01/gIQApGYZlR_story.html


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