When it comes to politics, I think most people have a love/hate relationship. When people ask me what I do, one of the followup questions I get asked quite often is, “Isn’t that incredibly frustrating?” And the answer is yes, it is.
Politics might be one of the few areas I know of where facts, reality and history can suddenly be subjective. I honestly never thought I’d live in a day and age where climate change would be something millions of people suddenly doubted. All because a few rich tycoons decided to lobby a political party in the United States to perpetuate the idea that the science behind climate change was some big liberal conspiracy.
Literally every day I see comments from poor or middle class conservatives advocating for the policies of a political party that’s clearly used religion to manipulate many of them into voting against their own interests. “You’re going to cut benefits for programs that help me? Oh, and you’re trying to privatize entitlement programs so rich people can profit from them? That’s fine, because my church says gays are bad and so does the GOP.”
But when it comes to debating Republicans, I just like to ask them questions. I’ve realized that unless I’m on Fox News they’ll never believe a word I’m saying. So instead of trying to make them listen to facts, I just ask them questions to see if they can answer them. That’s where the real hilarity comes into play.
See, it’s one thing to believe something — it’s quite another to understand why you believe it.
So here are 10 questions (though there are many more) I like to ask Republicans that they often seem unable to answer.
1) If Republicans are so fiscally responsible, why was President Eisenhower (in the 1950’s) the last Republican president to balance the budget?
2) If President Reagan was such a fiscally conservative hero, why did he quadruple our national debt during his eight years in the White House?
3) If tax breaks are the main driving force behind job creation, how would we create jobs once tax rates were reduced to practically zero?
4) If socialized health care is so awful, why does every country that leads the world in life expectancy have socialized health care?
5) If you support the freedom of religion (as per our Constitution), and my church recognizes gay marriage, isn’t your support for the banning of same-sex marriage an attack on my religion’s First Amendment rights?
6) What’s more realistic? 1) That an entire region of the United States that supported slavery in the late-1800’s and support segregation in the 1950’s and 60’s suddenly stopped being racist, or 2) The racist southern Democrats in the south became Republicans during the 50’s and 60’s when the Republican party shifted toward an idea called the “Southern Strategy,” where the GOP appealed to the racism in southern whites who didn’t like African Americans voting for Democrats.
7) If taxes are at some of their lowest levels in history, and the wealthiest in this country are richer than ever, why hasn’t the growth in the wealth of the middle class matched that of the top 2%?
8) If our Founding Fathers wanted this nation to be based on Christianity, why don’t the words “Christian” or “Christianity” appear even once in our Constitution?
9) If a Republican president reduced massive job losses in the midst of the worst recession in nearly a century by more than 50% in his first 4 months in office; presided over 44 consecutive months of private-sector job growth creating nearly 8 million jobs; killed Osama bin Ladin; saw stock markets reach all-time highs; saved the American auto industry; increased domestic oil production to highs not seen since the late-90’s and championed the largest year-to-year deficit reductions since World War II, would your party not be calling him a hero and a legend?
10) If Jesus spent his life helping the poor and the needy, how does it make sense that a party which claims to be for “Christian values” continues to cut funding for programs that help the poor and the needy?
Again, these are just a few of the questions I like to ask Republicans that I get some of the funniest answers from. Well, if they answer at all. But if they do, the answers are usually rambling and incoherent, lacking all signs of common sense.
So I would encourage all of you reading this to share it, print it out or just ask them a few of these questions — then sit back and watch the hilarity ensue.