The 5 Worst Conservative Memes Of The Week

RepublicansThis 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.

Image from Speaker John Boehner's official Facebook page, posted on October 7th.

Image from Speaker John Boehner’s official Facebook page, posted on October 7th.

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.

Political cartoon by Glenn McCoy which was featured at Townhall.com

Political cartoon by Glenn McCoy which was featured at Townhall.com

 

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.

Susan B. Anthony image posted at the Lenar Whitney campaign page.

Susan B. Anthony image posted at the Lenar Whitney campaign page.

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.

Image from the page "Dc Gazette" on Facebook.

Image from the page “Dc Gazette” on Facebook.

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.

Image from Speaker John Boehner's official Facebook page, posted on Saturday, October 11th.

Image from Speaker John Boehner’s official Facebook page, posted on Saturday, October 11th.

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.

Would you like to nominate a meme for me to debunk or feature in an upcoming list? Visit my Facebook page and leave me a message with a link to one you want to see addressed – you may just see it here. Thanks to all of the tips from our fans that help make writing this weekly column easier, and a lot of fun.



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  • Pipercat

    It’s okay, thanks to the Merlot, the speaker never felt the rake he stepped on.

  • ML

    “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.” Maybe that’s a PLAN….. 😉

    • woodrowfan

      it’s worth a try.

    • Steve Brains

      PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE !!!!!!!!!!

    • surfjac

      The Obama’s today came out for breathing…run with that.

    • MJ Madrid

      I was thinking the same thing!

  • Rob Mendonsa

    Boehner, should maybe get someone to proof read his tweets… It’s “Commonsense” not “Commosense,” just saying…Pretty bad when the Speaker of the House can’t even spell. Perhaps the orange dye is seeping into his brain.

    • Steve Brains

      Some Congressional assistant isn’t fetching more wine for the whining Emperor next week.

  • cyclemadness

    Note the typo, too, in Boehner’s tort reform tweet: “commosense.” Maybe he meant “commasense.”

    • Steve Brains

      Commie sense!

    • Nemisis

      I think it was meant to be coma sense.

  • Steve Brains

    I bet three things.

    1) That Beohner NEVER follows through to trial. It’s a publicity stunt, like putting a “kick me”sigh on another 4th grader.

    2) If it gets before a judge, it get’s tossed for lack of substance.

    3) Since this is a Civil Action, the Citizens should make Boehner and those who voted to do this PAY ALL COSTS out of their own pocket if it fails.

    • Nemisis

      They should pay out of pocket regardless, and cover the court costs and the costs of the defense.

      • Steve Brains

        Congress is bringing suit, on YOUR behalf. TAXPAYERS are taking the hit from BOTH sides thanks to Boehner being a nutless coward. You allow Congressional TRFD to rally for impeachment without sufficient grounds? Then THIS campaign stunt?

      • Nemisis

        I don’t allow anything.
        If I had my way;
        I would be called King Dick From Planet Asshole.

        We would live in a Draconian society.
        Congress would still exist but only have the power to scrub lawn chairs.
        I would pull our troops back from everywhere.
        Finish developing a real ballistic missile defense program.
        Glass any country that disagrees with us.
        Assassination of foreign leaders would be encouraged.
        Water boarding would be a national pastime and an Summer Olympic event. Ice water boarding in the winter.
        Bieber would be deported to Iran.
        Central and South America would be Annexed in order to significantly reduce the illegal alien population. (see there are some positive things)
        Elections would be held weekly, I get to chose the candidates .
        The 2nd amendment would read “the right to bare arms”.
        Who is with me?

        This “stunt” is just one more reason to put every incumbent congress man on notice. Be for the people or lose votes.

        BTW, I should never be given absolute power.

  • Jillz

    I’m typing from the floor right now since I fell off my chair in astonishment at the unbelievable hypocrisy of #1.