If Republican Family Members Insist on Dinner Table Politics, Here are 10 Facts to Shut Them Up

THANKSGIVING-DINNERWell, it’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving marks the holiday most known for family, turkey, football and being the day before the big Black Friday deals go on sale (although most of the sales seem to start weeks beforehand these days).


It’s also the holiday that’s often known for bringing liberals and conservatives together around a table to spar over political issues in a futile attempt to change each other’s minds. I’m a born and bred Texan and a good chunk of my family happens to be Republicans, but for the sake of not causing an all-out war I usually avoid discussing politics with them.

For those of you who may venture into the dangerous waters of trying to use facts to counter right-wing indoctrinated nonsense tomorrow, I thought I’d help you out by listing 10 facts you can use that will drive your Republican friends and family nuts.

1. President Obama has presided over the longest streak of private-sector job growth in American history.

2. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate is at its lowest level in decades at 11.6 percent – down from 18 percent just two years ago.

3. History will always reflect that the president who ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Ladin was Barack Obama.

4. Not only did Ronald Reagan actually raise taxes, the “conservative icon” nearly tripled our national debt during his eight years in office.

5. Speaking of Reagan, President Obama’s economy has actually performed better than the Republican icon many conservatives think was an economic legend.


6. Nine of the last ten recessions since 1953 happened while a Republican was president.

7. Between the years of 2003-2011, Republicans (the party that claims it’s not racist) didn’t have a single African-American member serving in Congress. Furthermore, in 1871 there were more than twice as many Republicans serving in Congress than there are today.

8. Not only did the Reagan administration help arm the Islamist mujahidin fighters in Afghanistan (who would later go on to become the Taliban led by Osama bin Ladin), he also supported Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War. And as we all know, we would later go on to fight wars in Afghanistan and Iraq against the Taliban and Saddam Hussein.

9. President Obama sent a draft to congressional Republicans asking for the authorization to do more in Syria to combat ISIS – and they refused to give him that power. Now these same Republicans are complaining that he hasn’t done enough to combat ISIS.

10. The decision and date to remove troops from Iraq was set in 2008 by George W. Bush. During that time, Dick Cheney called the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq a sign of the success of the war. The Iraq War and subsequent removal of U.S. troops from the Middle Eastern nation (by way of the 2008 Status of Forces Agreement – SOFA) are at least partially responsible for the rise of ISIS. In other words, Bush’s incompetence not only crashed our economy, but it helped lead to the creation of the most dangerous terrorist group in the world.

Alright, well I’ll end it there. Hopefully these will give you some “fun facts” to present to your Republican friends and family over the holiday if they insist on dinner table politics. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • cruisersailor

    Keep silent and let the right-wing relatives spout their BS. You won’t convince them and arguing is bad for your blood pressure.

    • 1968_Camaro

      I am lucky and thankful to have a wonderful family. Most of my family is also liberal. I had fun watching my brother bellow out a loud and clear command of “NO POLITICS at the Thanksgiving dinner table!” at the top of his lungs last year when one of our black sheep began bleating conservative trash talk that no one else wanted to hear. GO BROTHER! So thankful for you, and your taking a stand. This year I had a very enjoyable Turkey Day with no political talk at all. Just a pleasant dinner. It sometimes takes a courageous relative to take a stand and stop it as soon as it starts. Hope your Thanksgiving was a good one, cruisersailor.

  • Cemetery Girl

    Or we can just stuff some turkey in our mouths. They’ve been “educated” by Fox News. The effort is better spent eating.