Republican and Democrat. Neither party is perfect, but most U.S. citizens have their unwavering opinion on which party is the better governing body. The Republican party is historically a very respected one with many dedicated supporters. However, plenty of those supporters (and others) have been let down by the leadership of the Republican party. Many mistakes the group has made are related to the current president, but some of them can also be traced years back to longer reigning policies. The biggest mistakes the Republican party has ever made are…
10. After eight long years of an Obama presidency, they forgot how to govern.
With Obama in the White House, the Republicans forgot how to pass legislation that the White House would sign. Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan has repeatedly absorbed the blame for this, stating before his retirement that his caucus was used as “an opposition party” and that they were hoping to move into a governing one.
9. Their bad tax reform policies.
The Republicans’ form of “tax reform” meant cutting taxes on the rich and on big corporations. A slim 25% of Americans support this tax plan. Because these tax cuts were so costly, the GOP imposed new sales taxes on some items used by the everyday consumer, such as movie tickets. The Republican argument is that cuts pay for themselves by stimulating economic growth and creating jobs. But it is unclear whether tax cuts necessarily spur economic growth at all, let alone enough to pay for themselves. Moreover, corporate CEOs have repeatedly said that the Republican tax plan won’t spur investment or job creation – instead, they’ll mostly pass the gains to their wealthy shareholders.
8. They are seemingly against an ethos that is about dealing with difference.
These days the Republican Party looks like a direct reaction against immigration, diversity and pluralism. In just over two decades, America will be a majority-minority country, and young voters approve of this trend. Seventy-nine percent of millennials think immigration is good for America. Sixty-one percent think racial diversity is good for America.
Conservative thought seems to be getting less relevant to the America that is coming into being. Perhaps the most important statistic in American politics right now is that fifty-seven percent of millennials call themselves consistently liberal or mostly liberal and only twelve percent call themselves consistently conservative or mostly conservative.
7. Lack of action concerning gun laws.
Firearm safety and restriction have been an issue for decades, far longer than Trump has been in office. It’s not a problem that started with the Trump presidency despite what many try to make it out to be. However, there has been a shocking lack of action from Republicans in a world where gun violence in the United States has increased rapidly. The Republican party continues to make costly errors in judgement when they choose to ignore America’s deadly lack of gun control in favor of the NRA’s hefty support.
6. Their self-serving use of the media coupled with their distrust of it.
These days, Democrats receive most of their news and build their worldviews primarily on information from mainstream media sources not aligned with either party and claiming to be more objective, whereas Republicans rely overwhelmingly on partisan media that echoes their own beliefs. Democrats, therefore, remain relatively unexposed to messages that encourage ideological self-identification or describe political conflict as reflecting the clash of two incompatible value systems. On the flip side, partisan media (more often consumed by Republicans) makes citizens more convinced that their views are the ‘right’ one and less willing to trust the other party or to support or compromise with them. This has real political consequences. Distrustful voters are more resistant to new information and rely more on their predispositions when forming perceptions of the world around them.
5. Donald Trump made huge campaign promises he could not deliver on.
There are many campaign promises the president broke, but one of the most notably disappointing is his lack of action on improving health care. Before taking office, Trump promised to bring down costs, improve care, and give Americans more choices for care coverage. But many of his ideas for how to unfurl Obama Care are simply not feasible. For example, his plan to do away with the penalty tacked on for individuals who do not buy coverage poses a huge issue because without that penalty insurance prices will continue to rise rapidly for those who do want to buy it.
4. Their arguably “anti-women” health care policies.
It’s Republican policy to oppose abortion rights. One could argue that they’re not against women, but the anti-choice measures recently taken by the party (specifically in the state of Alabama) goes against the advice of women’s health experts. Even Tomi Lahren, a conservative Fox News contributor, had some qualms with the new laws. She tweeted on May 16, the day the news of these strict abortion laws were spreading like wildfire: “I will be attacked by fellow conservatives for saying this but so be it, this Alabama abortion ban is too restrictive. It doesn’t save life, it simply forces women into more dangerous methods, other states or countries. You don’t encourage life via blanket government mandate!”
3. They have become known for denying climate change science.
As with abortion rights, it is common for Republican rhetoric to argue against progressive climate change views. The science proves it tenfold, but the Right stubbornly continues to deny climate change and its terrifyingly irreversible effects. This has caused the party to lose countless supporters, especially from millennial and upcoming Gen Z voters who are especially concerned with and invested in the future of the planet.
2. Their blind support of Trump simply because he was the Republican candidate.
This country saw people lining up behind Trump when he got the nomination, regardless of his poor character. Unfortunately, almost the entire Republican party has shown poor character as well—even the generally well-respected ones like Paul Ryan or George W. Bush—when they chose to support Trump.
This is true of both parties—Democrats will support Democrats and Republicans will support Republicans—but is there ever a place to draw the line when a party’s candidate is too far gone to put faith in him? If there were, surely sensible Republicans would have spoken up against Trump, and a few did, but he received too much undying support for the doubters to make a difference. They somehow disassociated ordinary Republicans from Donald Trump (the outsider, the “other”), but since Trump came into office, there is no real separation. The Republican Party is now the Trump party. As John Boehner said, the real Republican Party is off taking a nap somewhere.
1. Republicans have allowed Trump to make the Right a place of chaos.
The Republicans have all bought into Trump’s chaos, lies, bullying and rage-tweeting. “Great,” they say, “his base loves him.”
The wrongness, such as the abject cruelty to immigrants and others of brown and black skin, has somehow become acceptable to complacent Republicans and has been rationalized away. The lawlessness and incompetence that has settled over the party are far from the moderate and reasonable government that many used to turn to the Republicans for.