Last week, we had our first “5 Worst Conservative Memes Of The Week.” For those of you who are seeing this for the first time, the idea behind the countdown is to spotlight the dumbest, most absurd, or downright horrible conservative memes that are floating around on social media. We also discuss the Facebook page or other social media accounts associated with them, as many of these images are used to advertise a website, petition, or political cause.
Again, if you are new here, this is the brief synopsis: Have you ever received those email forwards that tell you how people are putting HIV-loaded syringes on gas pump handles or that if you forward within 10 minutes, you will meet the person of your dreams? Yeah, it is that kind of rubbish designed to prey on the gullible or pull on your heartstrings – and in this case, it’s in the form of memes.
Moving on, let’s start the countdown.
5. Number five comes to us this week from the derptastic Facebook page “Freedom From Tyranny.” While they don’t seem to be representing a specific website or political campaign, they do a have prolific meme maker who produces gems like this one:
The hypocrisy here is pretty astounding since many of the people who like this page would probably gladly support the imposition of the Christian version of sharia law. In other words, “I want my intolerant worldview forced on others, how dare you try to impose your intolerant worldview?” This is also known as a “straw man argument” as there is no effort to impose sharia law on anyone via legislation here in the United States.
Finally, the page admin, who goes by the name Ryan, also posted this status which proves the far right also has the same problem with science as many on the left. Oh, and some of the comments from fans are pretty horrific.
Obama is a community organizer not a leader and no where near a Commander. If you were President for one day what would be the first things you do?
I would send bombing missions to Syria and apologize to Assad for Obama arming ISIS. Group together with Europe and kill everyone of these terrorists assholes. After that eliminate Hamas and get our resources back that Obama gave the Muslim Brotherhood. Build a fence and let National Guardsmen and Militia members to work together to protect our border. Give Israel the real support they need. Charge Obama with treason and expose Monsanto and GMOs.~Ryan
4. Number four this week comes from the same Facebook page. Yes, the page “Freedom From Tyranny” (which should be named “Freedom From Reality”) gets two spots this time around. Due to the graphic language used in the photo, we can’t post it here. However if you click here, you’ll be able to see it on their page.
The thought of a bunch of overweight weekend warriors carefully dipping round after round of 5.56mm ammo in lard in preparation for a confrontation with ISIS fighters in their back yard is hilarious, and kind of sad. No doubt they have a collector’s edition of Red Dawn which has been watched dozens of times while oiling their weapons. Did I also mention these guys have a real weird fascination with the thought of man-on-goat sexy time? It’s OK, you can click that link. It’s just some clips of Borat.
3. The third spot comes from the page “Republican Thinker” which is an oxymoron when describing many of their fans. This page advertises republicanthinker.com which touts itself as a grassroots organization but has almost zero content on their site other than a button to donate money to them via PayPal.
Yup, nothing gets the fans stirred up better than a picture of the Quitta from Wasilla, half-term governor and failed 2008 VP candidate with a cliché quote about God, guns and the Constitution. Come to think of it, put her face or name on anything and regardless of whether it is a liberal site or a conservative one, people will express their love or hatred of her – often without reading beyond the headline.
Don’t worry, just like all of those newspapers, she’s probably never read the Bible, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights in their entirety. This one can rank dumb solely because she’s on it, but it also has an idiotic quote on the idiotic idea that liberals are trying to abolish the three things mentioned here. In other words, this meme has the trifecta of derp.
2. Coming in second is this easily debunked meme from “American Patriots Against Corruption – APAC” which claims the following:
“We are dedicated to bringing awareness to Obama and his corrupt and unlawful policies! We want the people to rise up and prepare by forming militias!”
Apparently Fox News must be a bastion of liberal propaganda all of a sudden, because this article which complains no White House officials were sent to the funeral of the apartheid support, Margaret Thatcher, also debunks this ridiculous meme. Bold emphasis is mine:
The White House also came under criticism recently when Obama did not attend the funeral for Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, the highest-ranking U.S. military officer killed in combat since the Vietnam War.
He was killed in a suspected insider attack in Afghanistan. Obama was in Martha’s Vineyard during the funeral, but Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno attended. (Source)
I thought of going over there and letting them know that even Fox News debunked their stupid claim which counts on their followers blindly sharing that stupid, and somewhat racist, image that they should feel bad for making. However, I don’t feel like doing them any favors – especially not for free.
1. Our number one worst meme this week came on a tip from Gayle H. “Britain First” which also works with “This Is England” has been circulating this one. I’m including it because while it is a British page, I see a lot of Americans (including some unwitting liberals) sharing images from them on Facebook.
The most outstanding thing I found when researching this meme is that Facebook suggested “Britain Furst” which just happens to be a great anti-racist parody of Britain First. Seriously, it is brilliant.
Anyhow, back to this meme. Yes, President Obama did say these exact words, but as part of a speech in which he denounced religious hatred of all kinds in the wake of the video which triggered the fatal riots in Benghazi. Here’s a portion of the speech which includes this out of context quote:
The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied. Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims, and Shiite pilgrims. It is time to heed the words of Gandhi: “Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.” Together, we must work towards a world where we are strengthened by our differences, and not defined by them. That is what America embodies, and that is the vision we will support. (Source)
This may not be the worst meme of the week, but due to the volume of posts from the page which is like the Tea Party and the KKK got together and had a hate baby with a British accent, this gets our number one billing of the week.
The takeaway from all of this is to take a moment to fact-check a glossy image with a political statement on it before sharing. Whether you’re a conservative, liberal or anything else, it helps to verify the accuracy of anything you share if you want to be credible. That’s our debunking words of wisdom for this week.
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