10 Questions Every Liberal Should Ask Every Republican, 4th Edition

Palin-stumpedI’m back again, ladies and gentlemen, with the fourth edition of my monthly installment titled 10 Questions Every Liberal Should Ask Every Republican.

The premise is pretty simple.  About once a month I write this feature with 10 new questions I believe liberals should present to their conservative counterparts to have them answer.  The questions are generally fairly direct and simple.

If you’d like, feel free to check out the first, second and third editions.

Well, without further delay, let’s get to it!

1) If Obama’s “weakness” is what led Russia to send troops into Ukraine – what do you call Bush, considering we experienced the worst terrorist attack in our history, we had thirteen embassy attacks during his 8 years and in 2008 Russia sent troops into Georgia?  

2) If businesses should be allowed to claim “religious freedom” when they decided to discriminate against homosexuals (as the vetoed Arizona bill would have allowed for) do you then support businesses claiming “religious freedom” to discriminate based on race?  Considering religion has been an argument made in the past to discriminate based on race.  

3) If a gubernatorial candidate campaigns with someone who’s a self-admitted sexual predator; draft dodger; wrote a song called Jailbait professing his sexual desires for a thirteen-year-old; and has made veiled threats on the president’s life, shouldn’t that be enough to deter you from voting for that candidate?  

4) If more guns make us safer, and we have more guns than any other nation on the planet, why do we lead the world in gun violence? 

5) If Republicans are “listening” to the American people then why aren’t universal background checks required on all gun purchases; isn’t immigration reform passed; was the government shut down; and gay marriage still illegal?  Considering every stance the Republican party makes on these issues is in complete contrast to what the vast majority of Americans support.  

6) If our deficits have drastically dropped in the last five years, how exactly has Obama drastically increased spending?  

7) Millions of gay people had sex today, how did it impact your life? 

8) If the rich are richer than ever before, and taxes are still at some of their lowest levels in years, how exactly is it Obama’s fault that wages are stagnant?

9) If being homosexual is a choice, and you weren’t born heterosexual, can you recall the moment you chose to be straight?  

10) If countless hours of scientific study, research and data done by some of the brightest minds in the world doesn’t “prove anything,” why do you think a book that you can’t produce an original copy of does?  

Alright, well that will conclude this edition of 10 Questions Every Liberal Should Ask Every Republican.  I hope everyone who reads this takes these questions (and the other editions as well) and presents them to at least one conservative that they know.  While I doubt you’ll get many answers, the answers they do come up with are often hilarious.

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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  • Russ

    Which gubernatorial candidate are you talking about?

    • Pipercat

      The guy running to take Bigus Rickus Perry’s seat!

    • Jim

      If you have to ask, you aren’t paying attention..

      • Susan Borden Van Wyen

        There is no one that fit s that because the other things said about him fits Ted Nuget..He was never a candidate for govenor

  • Gary Crowell Jr

    #8 needs fixing: every to ever and stagnate to stagnant

  • FredC1968

    Is #4 hyperbole?

    We don’t have a firearm problem or even a drug problem. The United States has problems with insane drug laws and really poor distribution of wealth.

    • freshbrood

      Where exactly is the hyperbole? “Exaggeration not meant to be taken literally”. The facts are, we do have the most guns, and we do have the most gun violence. There is absolutely no hyperbole to that statement of fact at all… among industrialized 1st world nations at least.

    • Dave McCormick

      You don’t see the highest rate of gun-related deaths in the developed world (as is the case in the USA) a problem? Maybe it’s not a firearm problem, per se, but just guns in the wrong hands. How do you propose to fix that? I would agree that current drug laws are completely wonky and wealth distribution is astoundingly distorted and getting worse.

  • Janette

    When people say that being gay is a choice I ask if they could be happy in a sexually active, monogamous, homosexual relationship. If they can’t then they just proved that it’s not a choice.

  • lilbear68

    there is some science indicating that while there is no actual ‘gay’ gene they are finding in the studies that being gay can happen in utero as a result of chemical and hormonal imbalance. this would indicate that some actually are born gay. but then this also leads to the thought that as this may be a birth defect and possibly it will in the future be preventable like other birth defects

    • Sunny Ray

      these studies were often directly contradictory, and never actually
      measured any hormone levels, but just used proxies for hormonal influences,
      without direct evidence that the proxies were actually indicative of true
      hormone levels or imbalances.

      • lilbear68

        evidently you didn’t read the same studies

      • Sunny Ray

        Apparently not lol but know that going through puberty we all undergone hormonal imbalance, does it mean that puberty is a defect?
        Diabetes can be a defect due to hormonal imbalance, but it’s a serious medical condition, being gay is not a threat to your health, not more than being straight.

      • lilbear68

        the post was about in utero imbalance how does puberty connect? are you just that desperate to distract instead directly addressing the comment with nothing useful to add?

      • Sunny Ray

        It’s called making a comparison, you are the desperate one making the conclusion that homosexuality is a birth defects based on studies that proved nothing yet.

      • lilbear68

        the comparison does not compare sorry, youre just another fan that will deny everything that doesn’t fit the agenda
        but you bore me so I find myself taking mark twains advice ‘never argue with the stupid, they drag you down to their level and beat you with experience’ have a pleasant day

      • Sunny Ray

        Name calling is the last resort of a small mind.
        Have a nice day.

  • Joe Evony

    My “Big Question”. When was the last time the conservative agenda good for the country as a whole? Do tell please.

    • strayaway

      Under Harding and Coolidge. It was a great era of peace and prosperity. Eisenhower was ok too. Ford had a calming effect after Johnson and Nixon but at least Nixon ended Johnson’s war and the draft.

  • Dean

    9 out of 10 questions are pretty good. But question 4 does, in fact, have an answer: Most of the guns in the US are stockpiled, for international sale, or stored in the hands of a relatively few collectors. When you look at gun ownership rates in the US over the last 50 years, you’ll that as gun ownership declined, violence increased. In fact, if you look at gun ownership versus gun violence world-wide, you’ll find that with a (very) few exceptions (Japan, UK being top), lack of gun ownership corresponds to high rates of violence. And high rates of gun ownership show low rates of crime and violence. Where there are no guns, one person who has a gun is a terror. Where there are guns, one person who has a gun is nothing special.

    • Morgan O’Brien-Bledsoe

      “Where there are guns, one person who has a gun is nothing special.”

      Unless your the guy that gets shot. Ask Trayvon Martin or Jorden Davis or hell ask Renisha McBride. Oh… wait… you can’t because they were shot for being black in a country where white people are armed to the teeth but are “scared” of black kids.

  • strayaway

    Too many questions here but I’ll try.
    1. Neither should be faulted. Georgia and Ukraine might be the EU’s concern though…if the EU cares.
    2. Not all religions have discriminated by race.
    3. It should. Same with presidents who are accused of rape and misusing their superior position to take sexual advantage of staffers.
    4. We don’t come anywhere near leading the world in gun violence per capita. The US has 3.6 homicides/100,000 annually. Honduras has 64.8 homicides/100,000 annually. Another way of looking at it is that historically gun violence has been much greater in countries like Nazi Germany and the USSR where the government had all the guns. Millions of people were slaughtered in those places like sheep. All together now, “baaaa”.
    5. Actually four separate questions. We already had immigration reform. Reagan gave all illegal aliens amnesty in return for the Democrats promise to protect the border. We are just waiting for Democrats to honor their promise. Democrats unnecessarily shut down the government when they refused the Republicans’ compromise to postpone parts of the (un)ACA. It was unnecessary because Obama postponed them after the government reopened. Gay marriage is legal in more and more states and it is a state issue. One interpretation of the Second Amendment deals with the remaining question.
    6. He hasn’t increased spending but tragically, the debt is up about $7T since he took office. Tragic for our children that is. The deficit is still way too high. China is buying oil fields for its children with its surplus. We are handing our children IOUs with our deficits. There is a difference. Reagan and Bush are also guilty of this national child abuse.
    7. None as long as taxpayers don’t have to field the bill for consequences of such lifestyle choices.
    8. Easy one. He promotes more NAFTA like agreements such as the TPP which send our jobs abroad while supporting illegal aliens competing for remaining US jobs at lower wages. The resulting lack of demand for US workers means they are unable to demand higher wages. (supply-demand) Also, Obama’s bending over for Wall Street bankers has allowed them to take a bigger piece of the economic pie. The Republican establishment is every bit as guilty of all this.
    9. In fourth grade I started playing footsie with Mae. I was totally in love.
    10. I don’t understand this question.

    • Jim Lahey


      • Ibulena

        Typical liberal to call someone a name and a pretty offensive name in today’s PC world just because they answered the questions with answers not of liberal liking.

    • Ibulena

      Good answers! 🙂

  • Susan Borden Van Wyen

    Google “gun violence by country” It will tell you U.S. is way down the list in the middle. Also the comment about “when did you decide to be straight” is very childish will only inflame the anti gay homophopes. And was question # 3 hinting at Ted Nugent? it all fits but I wasn’t aware he was a candidate for a governor?

    • Evil Genius

      “When did you decide to be straight” is a perfectly legitimate question to ask of someone who professes that sexual orientation is a “choice”. I am straight but I never made that decision, I was inherently heterosexual. The logical conclusion is that homosexuals are likewise inherently homosexual.

  • Matthew Reece

    1. Bush is a war criminal, but war crimes trials are really just victor’s vengeance. Successful mass murderers need not worry about facing justice.
    2. The right to discriminate against any person for any reason is part and parcel of the logical right of freedom of association.
    3. Voting for anyone is an affront to liberty. Free people lead themselves and do not impose their choice of rulers upon other people.
    4. Many of those guns are in the wrong hands. For example, police and soldiers (government criminals) as well as non-government criminals can get all sorts of things that are banned for statute-obeying civilians.
    5. Argumentum ad populum fallacy. A majority of people believing something does not make it wise or moral.
    6. Spending increased drastically from Bush’s last budget to Obama’s first budget and has remained higher than Bush’s deficits since. Remember, statistics in the hands of statists is about using mathematics to tell lies.
    7. No, so I don’t care as long as they don’t force me to participate or pay for it.
    8. Obama bailed out failed businesses that the natural selection of the market should have been allowed to eliminate. He also failed to prosecute any criminal banksters. His support for currency debasement by the Federal Reserve has harmed the purchasing power of the 99%. He also seems to have no problem with huge corporate subsidies. Without all of these unfair advantages, I doubt the 1% would be so obscenely rich.
    9, 10. I have not made these claims, so these do not apply to me.

  • edna smiles

    Not all Republicans are Christians or homophobes.

    • Heather Robertson Barbour

      No, but most Christians and homophobes are Republican.

  • Jackie Marshall

    Most conservative people would not understand these questions because just comprehending the concepts requires critical thinking skills which they lack.

    • Terry63

      See Above.

  • Terry63

    #1. If you follow the Clintons through the 90’s starting with “Black Hawk Down” you will understand why the Towers were hit under then a New President Bush,43. Keep in mind the Towers were hit first under the Clinton Administration, who refused to punish those involved and declined an offer by Sudan to hand over Bin Laden. ( Weakness Invites Terror).
    #2 Seperation of Church and State. One must never be commanded by the state to give up his or her religious beleifs, such as the bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.Work place descrimination is aginst the law already on the books and enforced.
    #3 Yes.But Isnt that by your standards discrimination?
    #4 Because America is not Eroupe. Britian actually leads America per capita in Violent crime. Most gun shootings happen in Gun Free Zone’s where that people cannot defend themselves.
    #5 We already have universal background checks. Americans are now policing up in many cases the loop holes, such as Facebook who just recently began cracking down on the matter. Immigration reform is not passed as it was under Reagan, because America is in the middle of a jobless recession and cannot bear millions of new citizens competing for jobs, and benefits. Gay Marriage is Illegal becasue those are the laws on the books. Gay Marriage has very seldom passed a vote of the People, Not even in Liberal California. The gay community has taken it to the courts it is now a matter of Law.A legal issue.The vast Majority of the people do not and never have supported it.
    #6 Seriously?
    #7 What do I care?
    #8Tax base, Washington produces nothing, it only spends. More Jobs, more money for Washington. If Washington has no tax base. It must print borrow and spend Deficet dollars, this produces inflation and debt. I devalues the currencey.Threatening the producers will not create jobs on the contrary it will destroy them as will a minimum wage increase in the middle of a Jobless recession. These things ” Class warfare” are job loosers.
    #9 I never said that Homosexuality was a choice.
    #10 I assume that your refering to the Bible? Because it is accepted by three of the worlds largest religions and goes back many centuries. It gives us a code of ethics, Do’s and Dont’s, Right and Wrongs. Wonderfull stories. ancient insights and 10 commandments of which modern Law is based. Many beleive that these laws actualy came from ancient Egypt. Al Gore wrote a book also, would you call that Science? Al beat out a woman named Irene Sindler. with his 90 minute video on global warming. Irene, evacuated over 2000 Jewish babies from Nazi Germany in her tool box. When the Nazi’s caught up with her They broke both her legs. But Al got a Nobel Prize. Is that the science your refering too?