This is the eighth installment in our weekly fact-check series “The 5 Worst Conservative Memes Of The Week.” For last week’s article, see here. The other remaining articles are linked at the bottom of this page.
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 conservative memes.
With all of that out of the way, let’s get to this week’s countdown.
5. Number five this week is from Speaker John Boehner, who will make an appearance again later on in this countdown.
This Tweet from Speaker Boehner’s Twitter account was the subject of much ridicule since it looked like the Speaker was confirming what we already suspected, that Republicans don’t have any plan for creating jobs. Newrepublic.com and MSNBC had a field day with it, and the actual 5 points he laid out are the same old tired Republican plans like cutting taxes and tort reform. Wouldn’t it be nice if Tom Poetter pulled out a miracle next month and sent John Boehner into retirement? Few things would make me happier than seeing John Boehner’s social media accounts go silent, forever.
4. Number four is a political cartoon from conservative cartoonist Glenn McCoy which depicts Michelle Obama as grotesque and overweight.
Remember, in the world of conservatives, anything the President or First Lady support, like drinking water, is something they should do the opposite of. It wasn’t that long ago when they had an absolute conniption fit when Michelle Obama teamed up with Subway, and right-wing nut jobs descended on Subway’s Facebook page to angrily announce they were going to McDonald’s or Chic-Fil-A instead. This is just typical of the mean-spirited attitude they have toward anything coming from the White House, and I’m only half joking when I say that if President or Mrs. Obama came out in favor of not drinking bleach, they’d chug a gallon of it, just to be spiteful.
3. Number three comes from Louisiana’s Sarah Palin, one Lenar Whitney.
I’ve covered her before and made the initial comparison to the Quitta From Wasilla. Lenar Whitney is running against a crowded field in what is known as a “jungle primary” and has the endorsement of The Louisiana Tea Party, the same folks who quoted a satire story as proof that Common Core turns kids gay. This one is especially dumb since she uses the actions of the Republican Party almost one hundred years ago to claim that same party is on the side of women today. That’s the same party that also supported the emancipation of slaves and voting rights for them one hundred and fifty years ago, but now try to suppress the vote every chance they get. Lenar Whitney should leave history revision alone and stick with her ridiculous global warming denial videos; at least those are funny.
2. Number two is from the Facebook page “Dc Gazette” which represents the website of the same name.
Pretty ridiculous, huh? Freedom, except for when it comes to the freedoms of people they don’t like; the same goes for liberty. Less regulation? Sure, for corporations, but watch how quickly they support regulations when it involves what you do with your own body. The same hypocrisy goes for just about everything else on this list, and you can bet that strict interpretation of the Constitution only applies to the 2nd Amendment – or the 1st and 10th, but only when it’s convenient to them.
1. Our number one dumbest conservative meme this week again comes from none other than the Speaker Of The House, John Boehner. Sure, there’s dumber ones out there but this one wins for coming from the Speaker himself – or more likely, one of his social media interns.
You aren’t imagining this at all. The Speaker, who is trying to sue President Obama over executive orders, is saying we should put an end to frivolous lawsuits. I nearly shot Red Bull out of my nose when I initially saw it, and for a moment, I had to make sure that was really his account and that it hadn’t been hacked.
And that’s it for this week. Join us next time for 5 more of the dumbest, most ridiculous conservative memes that we’ve found floating around social media. As always, remember that just because they put something on the internet, that doesn’t mean it’s true, or intelligent. Just ask all of those conservative bloggers trying to make their own dumber, even more click-baity versions of Upworthy.
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