Opinion: Conservatives and the federal Republican Party

Stewart B. Epstein makes his case.

. Kirk Smith /THE REVIEW
Stewart B. Epstein makes his case.


According to President Donald Trump and the national conservative news media, someone who simply supports a federal government social program that helps people such as Social Security and Medicare is a “crazy socialist.” If we go by that definition, then that would make Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon “crazy socialists” because they both signed into law new and big federal government social programs that help people and they both supported Social Security.

In fact, Ike wrote a letter to his brother in which he stated that any Republican who wants to abolish Social Security is “stupid.” Well, it appears that today’s national conservative-Republicans have become a lot more conservative and a lot more “stupid” since around 1980 because we sure do have a lot more of them now who want to abolish Social Security and to move our country toward a “Survival-of-the-Fittest” Social Darwinism in which there are no longer any federal government social programs that help the lower and middle classes. They’ve been trying very hard to keep it a secret from all of us.

For example, I recently saw President Trump’s “Acting Chief of Staff” and “Budget Director”, Mick Mulvaney, on television. When he was a Congressman, he was a favorite of “The Tea Party” and was well-known for arguing that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme,” that it is “unconstitutional,” and that it should be abolished.

Very few Americans know that today’s national Republican Party, more and more, stealthily advocates for and stands for a creeping, crazy, and cold-hearted “Survival-of-the-Fittest” Social Darwinism.

Democrats need to have the bravery and courage to tell the American people what the national Republicans “have cookin’ for all of us.”

Stewart B. Epstein is a a retired college professor of Sociology, Social Work and Psychology who taught at West Virginia University, Slippery Rock University, and SUNY-Brockport. He spent five years working as a New York State-licensed social worker providing therapy and counseling in the fields of Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, Mental Health/Illness, and Marriage and Family Therapy. Stewart may be reached at phenom51@mail.com.


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    Ryan Vertucci 1 year

    Since when has Trump or the main stream Republican party ever advocated for elimination social security? That is simply not true. You write this article with no sources to support your argument. This sounds like Democratic talking points from the Rachel Maddow show. Maybe you should write an article about the pending consequences of our massive national debt? Or how about how Socialism/Communism and crazy ideas like the Green New Deal would lead to the destruction of society as we know it as it has in countries like Venezuela, China, and Cuba.

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