Hyper-Conservatism and the Christian Republican Paradox

The Hyper-Conservatism Movement

As I sat, eagerly awaiting the results to come in to the CNN newsroom on the night of November 7th, still uncertain whether or not the country would re-elect President Barack Obama, I began to wonder: Why are there so many Republicans?

It is important to make the distinction between Republican and Conservative.  A Republican is a member of, follower or supporter of the Republican political party in the United States.  A Conservative is one that seeks to retain traditional institutions or values. Many times, these two terms are linked, or tied together, however, the sort of Hyper-Conservatism that the modern Republican Party preaches is far from what many Conservatives may wish adherence to.

The results started coming into the CNN newsroom and States were being called as falling to Mitt Romney or staying with Barack Obama.  Every hour, excitement would fill the air as polling places closed and viewers were treated to a new set of exit-poll data. As the night went on, it became more and more clear that Mitt Romney would not be going to bed that night as President-Elect Mitt Romney.  As CNN called the race, a rush of cool relief blew through me and I was able to sleep soundly.

It took a couple of weeks for all of the votes to be counted.  President Obama finished with over 60 percent of the electoral vote but only 51 percent of the popular vote over Mitt Romney’s 47 percent.  Though Mitt Romney was not the ideal candidate for the Republican Party, (he was too moderate for many of the party leaders) Romney was believed to be the best choice for the Republican’s if they wanted to unseat the powerhouse Obama.

The number that haunts me from that election: 47 percent.  My perplexity comes not because of Romney’s priceless ’47% gaffe’ a few weeks before the election, but because the Republican candidate received 47 percent of the popular vote.

I digress to my question from the first paragraph: Why are there so many Republicans?  To understand why I ask this question, you must understand some of the Hyper-Conservative values that the political gurus and special interest leaders that are currently harnessing the Republican politicians in Washington and at the State level lobby for.  This is a short list of social platforms(with the exception of the first bullet point) that Republican politicians are/have been pushing for in the last few years:

  • Little-to-no central government control
  • More guns (per the NRA)
  • Lower taxes for the ultra-rich (per the Bush tax cuts)
  • No more immigrants, especially the brown-skinned ones
  • Woman, blacks, legal immigrants, gays, the poor, and non-Christians are unequal to rich, respectable white men.
  • Keep the citizens unhealthy unless they are wealthy enough to buy health care from a monopolized system
  • Offer the poor no help, for they are nothing
  • Keep the rich prosperous and the poor starving
  • Jesus, Jesus, Jesus

The first thing you may notice is that my observations are slightly biased and almost certainly a bit facetious.  Secondly, these views are not those of any respectable Conservative, which is the main demographic that the Republican Party hopes to represent.  These are the views of a political movement led astray by power and money hungry men that seek the regress a Country of the People to a place in which oppression, violence, and discrimination are fair occurrences and the hope for a bright future is nil; it is the imprisonment of any man, woman, or child that is not of uniformity with those in power.

The Hyper-Conservative push in the Republican Party is what makes the statistic of 47 percent so baffling.  Is it really true that 47 percent of Americans hold these Hyper-Conservative ideas?  The percentage of Americans that these views actually support (super-rich, white, male, Christians) is only about 0.2 percent.  It is important to note that by super-rich, the salary standard used here is about $1,000,000 per year.

How then can the Republican Party still con so many people into voting for their side, even though Hyper-Conservatism is so radical and unsettling to most?  The answer is simple: Christianity.

The Christian Republican Paradox

The answer to the million dollar question is so surprisingly simple; the ape that humans didn’t evolve from could answer it.  How do you continue to receive almost half of the votes in national political campaigns while still running on platforms that would make any radical squeamish?  Pander to the largest demographic in the country: Christians.

I am not going to distinguish different Christian sects from one another, for they all have a simple proposition in common: Jesus Christ was the one true prophet of God’s chosen people.  They may have disagreements as to how the church is led, but that does not come into politics, provided the candidate doesn’t bring it up.

It is ingenious: ally with, and in some cases, control the Christians and you will be alright.  About 75 percent of Americans identify as Christian.  This overwhelming and troubling ideological base is the perfect outlet for radical alignment.  This is where the majority of the fleeting Republican vote must come from.

However, this axis of ideological evil seems to be married under a false presupposition; I guess it takes an outsider point out the adultery: Jesus Christ was a solid liberal, not a staunch conservative.

I know, this may come as a shock to many Christians, mostly because Christians don’t read the Bible, but Jesus overtly spoke out against many things that the Republican party stands for.  In addition, Jesus was silent about many of the things that Christian’s disapprove of now.

While hurling around too many Biblical references without proper context can be shaky for an argument, it is a necessity to understand the words that are placed in Jesus’s mouth by his authors:

About the poor:

Luke 6:20-21 Then he looked up at his disciples and said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

‘Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. ‘Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.

Help for the poor:

Luke 18:22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Healing the sick:

Matthew 4:23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.

Jesus was a champion of the poor, sick, and hungry, he advocated pacifism (rather than arming yourself against your neighbor), and he helped liberated minorities and women from tyranny of powerful, money-hungry men.

Not enough?  How about some things that Jesus didn’t mention but are still vital to the Republican Party and the American Christian church’s abilities to oppress:

  • Homosexuality
  • Abortion
  • Marriage
  • Believe this way or be oppressed
  • It’s okay to dislike people that are different than you

If you don’t believe me, or think that I am misrepresenting your ‘savior,’ I challenge you to read the Bible.  Stop arguing with each other about what Jesus would do and read the book.  Yes, this presupposition is that most Christians do not actually read the Bible.  Many may challenge this statement but if it were false, than Christians would not be swayed by false statements and quotes that are used to entrap the mis/uninformed.

The paradox is that the man that 75 percent of Americans base their lives on is misrepresented and used to enslave millions of people that would otherwise be free of tyranny if they would just open the book they swear their own lives on.

Hyper-Conservatism and the Republican Party are ruining the voice of reasonable Conservatives and making it taboo to hold any traditional value.  Though it may seem to be a step towards utopia to see Conservatism abolished (at least my more liberal contemporaries would say so), it is dangerous.  There must be a balance between reasonable conservative values and liberal ideas to achieve progression as a nation.

The only reasonable course of action is the abolition of the modern Republican Party.  In its place, bring forth a reasonable conservative platform that leaves out the radical notions.  Let those that would have sought to oppress others who fall lower than those they once wished to oppress beg for forgiveness; and forgiveness will be granted.

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