In the modern age, there are often many arguments surrounding what fact is, and what is fiction. However, some things can become so misconstrued and lied about so often, that people will commonly accept these fallacies as truth. This precedent ought to be challenged, and as a result, here are the most common misconceptions about the Republican Party.

  1. The parties ‘switched’

As the story goes, during the 1960s and 1970’s the two platforms switched. The Republican Party became that of the racists, and the Democratic Party became one of tolerance. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The 1960 Civil Rights Act, which revoked poll taxes and other racist measures was supported by every Republican senator, while 18 Democratic senators continued to filibuster the bill for days on end. More importantly, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, had overwhelming Republican support in its passing.

Another interesting point within the modern Democratic Party compared to that of the Republican is that the Democrats sell themselves on victim hood, perpetually explaining why individuals are less well off or forever disadvantaged because of their skin color, or gender. The Republican party has consistently viewed individuals as equals, and never supported division.

  1. The Republican Party is the party of racism

While many people would like to believe that the Democratic Party is the party that supports all Americans, this isn’t the case. Since the Democrats official founding in the early 18th century, they have opposed every major historical civil-rights issue. The Democratic Party was known as the party of slavery and wholeheartedly supported it. They also opposed the Reconstruction, imposed segregation, and voted against the Civil Rights Acts.

Interestingly enough, the Republican Party was founded on the premise of being against slavery, even before the Civil-War era in 1854. This idea aroused alarm within the Democratic Party because the Republicans were staunchly against moving slavery into the western states. Most notably, during the infamous Supreme Court case known as Dred Scott Vs. Sanford, the seven judges who voted for slavery, were Democrats, and the two who voted against it were Republicans. However, these facts often get brushed over in day to day life. Even further, the 14th and 15th Amendments were also opposed by the Democratic party, which were the amendments that gave Black Americans citizenship, and the right to vote.

  1. The Republican Party was against women’s right to vote

The Republican Party took the initiative within the right to vote. In fact, back in 1870, the Massachusetts state Republican convention already seated two suffragettes, Lucy Stone, and Mary A. Livermore, as delegates. Susan B. Anthony insisted that Sen. A.A. Sargent, a Republican from California, introduce the 19th Amendment in 1878. Sargent’s amendment (The Susan B. Anthony Amendment) was stopped an incredible four times by a Democrat-controlled Senate. When the Republican Party regained control of Congress in 1919, the Equal Suffrage Amendment finally passed the House in May of that year and later, the Senate in June.

  1. Republicans are against immigration

Republicans support immigration from all countries as long as one values the American Dream and help the American way of life. As long as you are willing to work hard and contribute to society, Republicans will support your path to immigrate legally. However, when a person illegally crosses the border or takes up residence in the United States, Conservatives/Republicans, in general, will not support an individual’s right to citizenship. This backing isn’t because we believe every illegal immigrant is a bad person or has ill-intent to America. It is because of the precedent it sets. Living in the USA is a privilege, not a right. Once we allow anyone and everyone to stay, we lose control of our country. Any person with negative values or morals would be able to enter the United States. By processing individuals, we can make sure they would contribute and better American society. More importantly, national security is and should always be paramount to not only the US but every major country in the world.

  1. Republicans/Conservatives are discriminatory against LGBT+

For the most part, many conservatives or Republicans are friendly to those within the LGBT community. As long as your actions, sexual or otherwise, don’t impact others, they are all pretty libertarian on the issue. However, as soon as you try to force your identity on someone who is morally opposed, conservatives will disagree with whatever identity you are aligning yourself with. An example of this would be the viral Supreme Court case known as; Masterpiece Cake Shop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. In which case a Christian owner of a bakery was challenged on his right to reject a gay wedding cake based on religion. While the baker won the case, this type of event clearly shows the difficulty between individual’s rights. 

Tarra S
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