Two major GOP cornerstones are family values and limited government, but limited government excludes providing Americans with a higher standard of living through investing in social programs, but is embraced when using the government as a tool to impose Christian morality on the daily lives of Americans.
This surge in Christianity within the Republican Party began as early as the 1960s, but largely escalated during Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign in 1980 as a means of attracting socially conservative Evangelical voters. The GOP successfully employs an ideology that supports right-wing Christianity as a basis of cultural norms, while dividing voters over social issues, under the guise of "morality."
This segment of the American population has fallen under the pretense of "Slavery Is Freedom."
Through the constant delusional fear of socialism and the "moral decay of America," the conservative Christian segment of the U.S. is convinced that imposing their beliefs on others will save this country from being overrun by homosexual, transgendered, pot-smoking Whole Foods shoppers waiting to sodomize and abort freedom-loving Americans before converting them to communist Islamic terrorism.
During the second GOP debate, candidates clamored to display their insatiable compulsion to defund Planned Parenthood. Chris Christie, Walker, and Jeb Bush -- all current or former governors -- each bragged out about shutting down the women's health organization in their home states.
Cruz called the group "an ongoing criminal enterprise."
Mrs. Fiorina attacked the organization and its supporters.
"Liberals and progressives will spend inordinate amounts of time and money protecting fish, frogs and flies," Mrs. Fiorina said, adding: "They do not think a 17-week-old, a 20-week-old, a 24-week-old is worth saving. This, ladies and gentlemen, is hypocrisy, and it goes to the core of the character of our nation."
However, Planned Parenthood estimates 515,000 unintended pregnancies and 216,000 abortions are averted each year due to their contraceptive services while 4,665,000 men, women and young people worldwide are provided with sexual and reproductive health care and education annually.
The Republicans are so pro-life, they want to shut down the organization that actually helps reduce abortions and promotes reproductive health. Considering 97 percent of Planned Parenthood's services aren't abortion-related, and the Hyde Amendment prevents federal funding of abortions, defunding the women's health organization doesn't achieve the GOP's intended goals.
Considering this contradictory approach to curbing abortion rates, shutting down Planned Parenthood makes about as logical sense as a nutritionist telling a Biggest Loser participant that a diet of Super Sized Big Macs will give them a Zac Efron body.
The Republicans are so hell-bent on protecting innocent lives, they blocked a bill that would restrict access to guns after 20 children and six adults were fatally shot in Sandy Hook Middle School. Mr. Cruz was the ringleader in filibustering such dreadful legislation.
Nine out of 10 Americans supported universal criminal and mental health background checks in the wake of this horrific shooting, but House and Senate Republicans didn't hesitate to block proposals that would ban certain military-style assault rifles and limit the size of ammunition magazines and keep these weapons out of the hands of potentially dangerous people.
This is clearly because they care so much about freedom, democracy, representing the will of the people and the sanctity of life.
"Guns save lives" is a staple of Republican talking points, but the CDC reports roughly 30,000 annual Americans deaths caused by guns - 60 percent from suicide, a grotesquely overlooked statistic in the gun-control debate. This position essentially argues that any attempt at better regulating guns and bolstering mental health care would result in even more casualties.
In another attempt to mobilize Christian America, the arrest of Kim Davis for failing to uphold her duty as Rowan County clerk by refusing to issue marriage certificates to newly-wed gay couples because of her Christian faith, was a hot topic in the second debate.
Mike Huckabee is clinging onto Ms. Davis for campaign attention like a self-serving Facebook activist clings to a trending event to show the world how much they're helping a cause by posting a status.
She has become a martyr for people who are unaware that a martyr has to die for a cause in order to qualify as one. Meanwhile, he claims that the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage has resulted in the "criminalization of Christianity."
Huckabee sounds like your senile grandfather recalling America's glory days when he asserts America is experiencing a widespread rejection of Jesus during a time when 70.6 percent of the nation is Christian and 43 consecutive presidents of Christian faith or Christian backgrounds have been elected to the Oval Office.
Moreover, 28 states do not have laws protecting LGBT workers from employment discrimination or being fired for their sexual orientation. An additional three states lack laws that protect gender identity employment discrimination. There was also that Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case that granted businesses religious beliefs, because major corporations have feelings too.
Befuddling as it may be, the former Arkansas governor pleas for a national acceptance of Christianity through using Kim Davis as a beacon of tolerance.
Family values and morality don't include improved access to education, childcare, health care and retirement benefits in the GOP agenda. Conservatives write these policies off as the promotion of a "nanny state" that imposes government on the personal lives of Americans.
Rather than promote Christian morals that makes child rearing and sustainable income easier for hard working American households, this concept has been manipulated to use religion to justify discrimination toward anyone who doesn't conform to a "traditional" American lifestyle.
Republicans aren't pro-life, they are simply pro-birth, as their policies ignore the well-being of millions of Americans and distract voters with social issues that cause them turn a blind eye to more grave, looming economic dilemmas.
The final part of this series will illustrate how many Americans have come to accept these illogical and contradictory statements.