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The Greatest Irony in American Politics That Could Upend CongressThis Fall

Pay attention to what they do, not what they say.

ScottCDunn
4 min readAug 5, 2022

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There is a myth floating around that says that the GOP stands for freedom and that the Democrats do not. I’ve seen this over and over again. The GOP says that they want lower taxes, fewer regulations, and a smaller government. Then they point to the Democrats and call them out as socialists. The GOP refers to Democrats as the villain of freedom, but they omit their own love for government.

In economics, the GOP will point to their relentless drive to reduce the number of regulations businesses must follow. They score victories by increasing the burden that government must overcome to enact new regulations. They score more victories by enacting tax cuts, too.

But they’re very quiet on how much they’d like to regulate our private lives. Someone wrote the following passage. I can’t remember where it’s from. But it just sort of hung with me. He was writing about abortion opponents. I think it’s a good general statement on the hypocrisy we can observe on the right.

The main difference between you and me is I realize we all have that line in the sand of when it is and isn’t ok but I think each person should decide that for themselves and you believe you should decide for everyone else.

There is more to this hypocrisy. The Democrats won’t lie about their desire to regulate our lives. I see it. I know it’s there.

The GOP lies about their desire to regulate our lives. Whenever they say they believe in free markets, I just look at everything they do to kick unions and take them down. Whenever they say they want free markets, I look at all the private equity companies taking over our hospitals while the GOP does nothing. Whenever the GOP says they respect our privacy, I only have to look at how phone records are being used to enforce abortion bans.

I would like both parties to be in favor of personal freedom. But I also recognize that there are still a lot of people who don’t really understand what freedom is. They don’t understand that their actions can impair my freedom and mine, theirs.

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