5 Popular Conservative Talking Points Debunked By Common Sense

bachmann-boehner-ryanThe words “common sense” and “conservative” don’t often go together.  Especially since the rise of the tea party.  You know, the people who base facts and reality based on what they want to be real instead of what actually is real.

But while reading through a few comments left by conservatives on several of my articles, I decided I’d throw out stats, sources, and fancy political talk and simply write an article using just some good ol’ fashion common sense to counter 5 popular conservative talking points.

So let’s just get right to it.

Tax Cuts Create Jobs

This is the cornerstone behind trickle-down economics.  Which, of course, is the heart and soul of the Republican economic philosophy.

Honestly does anyone really think a corporation creates jobs based on their tax rate?  Heck, does anyone think a corporations creates jobs just for the sake of creating jobs?

Businesses create jobs typically because they have to.  Mostly because demand for their products or services dictates that they do.

If a business is meeting demand, then suddenly a massive tax cut is passed, who really believes the next thing on their agenda will be to create jobs that they really don’t need?  If a business is meeting demand, no matter how low their tax rate is, they’re not going to create more jobs.

The same rule applies if demand goes up.  No matter the tax rate, a company is not going to risk deflating growing demand based upon their tax rate.  They’ll create jobs to meet that demand.  Because if they don’t, some other company will, and they’ll soon be out of business.

Doubt me?  Go ask Walmart about the lesson they recently learned.


This one is pretty simple.  People are going to have sex.  Liberals, conservatives, Christians, Muslims, atheists – we’re all doing it.

You can pray really hard for people to stay abstinent from sex until marriage, but for the vast majority of Americans it’s not going to happen.

Sex sometimes leads to pregnancy.  Some are planned, some are not.  Many unplanned pregnancies are the result of sexual activity without any kind of birth control being used.  The more unplanned pregnancies that occur, the higher the abortion rate goes.

So if you’re truly against abortion, and the fact being that a woman’s right to have an abortion has been deemed a Constitutional right, wouldn’t it just make more sense to make birth control as widely available as possible?

And wouldn’t it just make more sense to properly educate our children about sex rather than pretend like if we don’t mention it they’ll never find out about it?  Isn’t it better if younger Americans learn about sex from an educational standpoint as opposed to the stuff they’ll find on the internet?

Or do you really think that the best way to lower abortion rates is to oppose birth control, reject sex education being taught in schools and push the unrealistic notion of abstinence?

Because reality, and common sense, tell us that combining those three things undoubtedly leads to more abortions. 

Republicans are Fiscally Conservative

Another easy one.  Nearly every Republican I’ve ever met sings the praises of “conservative legend” Ronald Reagan.  But can you guess who the last Republican president was to actually balance the budget?  Hint: It wasn’t Reagan.

It was actually Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1950’s.

Republicans controlled all, if not a part, of Congress for nearly all of Bush’s eight years in the White House.  Guess what?  We went from a balanced budget to doubling our national debt.  And he did that by cutting taxes right as he started two wars.  You don’t cut revenue right when you plan to spend trillions you don’t have.

How’s that fiscally conservative?

Reagan, the conservative legend, massively grew our national debt too.  Even George H. Bush, in just four years, managed to grow our national debt.

So, how can your party be the party for “fiscal responsibility” when for over five decades Republicans haven’t once balanced the budget?  Heck, they haven’t even come close.

Christianity and our Constitution

Real simple.  The words “Christian” and “Christianity” don’t appear even once in our Constitution.  With all these men who many conservatives claim were Christians (many weren’t by the way), doesn’t it seem as if those words would have found their way in there somewhere… anywhere?

Even just once?

Right now if you took 50 Christian conservatives and had them draw up a new Constitution, do you believe that those words would still be omitted?  It’s highly unlikely.

So it doesn’t make any sense to believe that our Founding Fathers meant for this nation to be founded on Christianity, yet left all mention of Christianity out of our Constitution.

If anything the fact that neither word appears even once in our Constitution seems to be by the Founding Fathers’ “intelligent design” rather than by accident.

Liberals are Socialists/Communists/Fascists

First, all three of these are different ideologies.  You can’t be all three.

Besides, while you do often find far-left liberals who are true socialists, neo-Nazi’s are found on the far-right.  You know, the fascists.

Second, this belief that “socialism” is completely terrible is ridiculous.

Public roads, public schools, the post office, our military, the police, fire fighters, public drinking water, stop signs, traffic lights, our national parks, the Interstate Highway system, our country’s largest universities, Social Security, Medicare – all brought to us by some form of socialism.

Just to name a few.

So unless conservatives oppose all of those things, they’re supporting some forms of socialism as well.

Alright, I’ll go ahead and wrap this up.  While I know it probably won’t make any difference with most conservatives, I just thought I’d write out a pretty straight-forward and simple common sense guide for addressing these five popular conservative talking points.

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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