Americans Must Stop Allowing Themselves to be Distracted by Republican Propaganda

ted-cruz-satanismDo you know what I spend most of my time doing in this business? Dealing with people who are basing their arguments off lies and misinformation. I’m here building my ideological stances off facts and reality and my opposition is essentially just making up whatever information that they feel like as they go along. And while I know liberals have their own section of lies and misinformation, it pales in comparison to what I see from Republicans.

Hell, Republicans have an entire cable news channel that’s essentially nothing but a right-wing entertainment network. Fox News doesn’t really report the news, they report entertaining misinformation that conservatives want to hear.

And it’s all for distraction. See, to “win” an argument Republicans don’t really have to be factually accurate – they just have to muddy the water enough that facts and lies seem interchangeable. The Affordable Care Act is a perfect example of this. If you asked many conservatives which they liked more, the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare,” I can guarantee you that the ACA would receive a much higher favorability rating. In fact, polls have found that Republicans like most of what the law does, as long as President Obama’s name isn’t on it.

Never mind the fact that they’re the same thing. 

It’s even more frustrating when I see conservatives who are benefitting from the law, voting for politicians who want it repealed.

But when it came to the law, Republicans did a masterful job at distracting Americans with a plethora of lies and propaganda to such a point that even the Affordable Care Act’s supporters weren’t sure what was or wasn’t real.

The same goes with President Obama. Whenever I meet a conservative who’s quick to tell me how horrible President Obama is, I simply ask them to name five factual statements about what he’s done as president. I would say at least 90 percent of the time they can’t name even one factual thing about his presidency, let alone five.

And the reason for that is Republicans using propaganda to distract Americans. Before he even stepped foot into the White House they began a systematic campaign to make Americans think he wasn’t an American citizen, that he lived under fake identities, that he was linked to radical Islamic groups or that he was some radical socialist out to destroy the United States. And six years later there are still tens of millions of Americans who believe all that nonsense even though it’s been debunked for years.

This year’s election was another great example. Republicans scored a lot of big victories running on the premise that “Obama is bad.” Which, of course, is all linked to their ongoing propaganda against him, most of which isn’t true.

Do you know what they didn’t run on? Their policies – because they didn’t have to. They simply distracted Americans with anti-Obama propaganda. And, sadly, it worked. Millions of Americans didn’t seem to realize that they voted for candidates who never really said what they intended to do once elected. Well, besides “oppose the Obama agenda” – that none of them seemed to actually define.

You’re even seeing it now with net neutrality. Sen. Ted Cruz just tried to ridiculously tie in net neutrality with “Obamacare” for the sole purpose of instantly linking that debate with something millions of conservatives hate. It doesn’t matter that the two issues are not at all related, for many conservatives they’ll now forever link the fight to keep net neutrality in with their hatred for “Obamacare.” And I’ll admit it’s a smart move for a corporate shill trying to screw over the American people like Cruz is trying to do – it’s just unethical as hell.

Americans have got to stop being distracted by this nonsense. Republicans are like magicians who distract you with diversion tactics, while hoping you don’t notice that nearly everything they’re telling Americans is a lie.

Right now Republicans claim to be:

  • The fiscally conservative party – that hasn’t had a president from their party balance the budget in nearly 60 years.
  • The party for small government – while they push for more laws to control women’s bodies and define marriage, and even ignore the will of the voters in their cities.
  • The party that supports our troops – yet sent nearly 4,500 of them off to die in a war based on a lie.
  • The party for freedom and liberty – unless you’re a non-Christian, a woman or homosexual.

Somehow they’ve convinced tens of millions of Americans to support them despite the fact that they’re such absolute hypocrites on so many issues. And they’re not even subtle hypocrites – these hypocrisies are both frequent and blatant.

Republicans take a Bible, wrap it in a flag and distract millions of Americans from the truth about what it is they’re doing to this country. They know an American flag and a Bible are to conservatives what shiny objects are to babies – just an easy distraction.

And, sadly, tens of millions of Americans keep falling for it.

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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  • Jim Bean

    ” I’m here basing my ideological stances off facts and reality.”

    That’s an oxymoron, Allen. Stances based on facts and reality are pragmatic, no ideological.

    • crabjack

      OMG Jim Bob. You’re like a little kid (I don’t know, maybe you are a little kid). You can’t argue against the argument, so you argue against the word choice. WAM.

    • Guest

      I’m not sure you are properly defining the word “ideological”. But, I think I know what you mean and I disagree. One can stand firmly in reality, but hope for and work toward a better future.

      • Jim Bean

        That’s not the same thing.

  • cheetohman

    Mr Clifton, almost every morning, I click on a headline that promises to be an intriguing read. This morning was no exception.

    Almost invariably, the most interesting ones, and the ones that I most appreciate, are from you. I don’t know where or how you get your writing muse, but it’s well appreciated. This was another excellent article, and an oasis for people like me who live in deep red districts of an otherwise blue state (Central California.)

  • ejgreene

    Unfortunately there is no way to stop them from believing the Republican propaganda. They crave this crap and the more there is the more they want. You can’t argue with the unreasonable.

    • Gary Menten

      The battle isn’t so much for the hearts and minds of Republican voters as it is for the hearts and minds of independents and swing voters. The GOP have a very solid, practiced and disciplined propaganda machine that the Democrats just don’t have right now. Part of this I suspect is that the Democrats are a broader and more inclusive party than the GOP is and that they could never get much traction with if they focused themselves as narrowly as the GOP does.

      • Brian Link

        You guys seem to forget the the reason they have such a disciplined propaganda machine is because we allow money in politics. Were allowing corporations to funnel as much money as they like to make deceptive adds and only creating a desire for rich companies to line the pockets of politicians with bribes, It’s gotta stop.

      • Gary Menten

        Good luck with that. In Canada we have short election cycles with strict laws about campaign spending and corporate campaign contributions. They really work. We’re also not saddled with idiot rulings like Citizens United. Honestly, I’ve been following American politics very closely for decades and I don’t think there’s any way the American system will every be reformed. It’s become too addicted to money.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        And why are you chastising us (U.S.) from the ‘Great White North’ again?
        Have you not enough government facilitated crimes against humanity of your own?
        Shall I bullet-point the latest since January for you?
        So just what is your fantasy with Americans anyway? You wishing you could be one?
        Mr. Mentoes, all you have to do is walk over and claim Political asylum from religious persecution in Canada. (What’s funny is that Obama’s INS recognizes God for those running away from their country as a reason to stay, yet is destroying God at every turn here for us).

      • Gary Menten

        Troll post. Come back when you have something grown up to say.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        What, so towing long lines behind a ‘Fishing’ boat enticing the Progressive Monsters up from the Depths to tag the bait is “Trolling”? I guess you’re right. And look whom I caught; A Canadian ‘Trash’ fish.

      • Gary Menten

        Troll post. See previous comment.

      • Kyle Walker

        You make these claims that Canada is somehow worse off that the U.S. yet you site no evidence to support said claims. You also make claims that Obama is destroying God at every turn yet you cite no examples of such action. You can talk the talk but can you walk the walk. Please be more specific in your arguments otherwise your points are nothing more than sheer speculation and slander with no sound evidence for them to stand on.

      • papayaman

        The Demos are into compromise, taking the long view, and facts as they exist in the real world (with some exceptions, unfortunately). The Repubs are into all for me, nothing for you, and if you don;t shut up and get out of my way, I’ll shove you out of my way, with no recourse for you, reality is what I say it is, which supports my interests (only), and only making lots of $ any way I can, RIGHT NOW is all that matters. (with vanishingly fewer exceptions in the present, unfortunately)..

    • strayaway

      “After a devastating election, (Obama) is presenting himself as if he won. The people were not saying no to his policies, he explained, they would in fact like it if Republicans do what he tells them.”

      “He had family challenges and an unusual childhood, but as an adult and a professional he never faced fierce, concentrated resistance. He was always magic. Life never came in and gave it to him hard on the jaw. So he really doesn’t know how to get up from the mat. He doesn’t know how to struggle to his feet and regain his balance. He only knows how to throw punches. But you can’t punch from the mat.” – Peggy Noonan from her WSJ article,”The Loneliest President Since Nixon” 11/14/14

      He’s a real Nowhere Man
      Sitting in his Nowhere Land
      Making all his Nowhere Plans for Nobody

      • papayaman

        The WSJ is Rupert Murdoch’s rag. Think he’s unbiased? Of course you do if he reflects your values.

      • strayaway

        It’s good writing by Peggy Noonan no matter who owns the Wall Street Journal. She is right about Obama losing the last congressional election. Republicans have since betrayed the people who voted for them so Democrats will probably win the next round. More accurately, Republican and Democratic leaders represent the 1% so we can expect this theater of broken political promises to go on.

  • Rob Bailey

    The Conservative goal is to dramatically limit the education of Americans and to capitalize on religion and stupidity to move the dollar their way at the expense of those that vote for them. And those misled, underinformed morons vote.
    Seems as if they’re doing a pretty good job. I just hope the younger generations see through the bullshit, get off their asses, and put in place sound progressive policies.

    • papayaman

      That’s why their voter disenfranchisement initiatives are targeting young voters, among other demographic groups more likely to vote Demo than Repub. Also pushing for the total privatization of education on all levels to only be available to those with enough disposable income to be able to pay for it is part of their strategy of limiting info, and the critical thinking skills needed to understand it. The rest? Homeschooling. For most, this will be whatever the stay-at-home parent wants to watch on Teevee. Game shows, soap operas, “reality TV”, sit-coms, and NASCAR. In a generation’s time, when > 50% of Americans are illiterate, they won’t need to be concerned about how Americans respond to being plundered by the oligarchs and other robber barons..By then, the US will be a right-wing dictatorship, and most people (who haven’t been or are in danger of being “disappeared”) won’t have any idea of what the USA once was.

  • Caryn Snell

    I am someone who struggles to put my thoughts into words or writing. As I was preparing (thinking) of how to respond today when it will be known that insurers have raised premiums, I thought how good the republicans are at with the art of deception like a magician keeping people’s focus on little sound bites when in the background they proceed to push their destructive agenda of control and greed in so many areas. As a sole caregiver to my brain injured husband for over 25 years, I have seen & experienced first hand how corrupt the healthcare business really is and it’s far too complicated to address properly to people who only have sound bite opinions. It seems to me there must be some allure to be a part of a cult to look down upon others to make themselves feel superior. They have given up asking questions to really understand or learn. Anyway, thank you for your words & voice. Your article was refreshing for me to read first thing this morning before the barrage of bobble head noise today!

  • CobrayRPB

    Imagine that, my comment is being reviewed. No cursing, name calling or ill behavior but i bet it will be deleted because i try to refute the author.

  • alwaysthink

    What Progressives and Dems need is a better PR machine to tell our story and keep repeating it until we are blue all over.

    Case in point. Let’s start talking about the California miracle. What is that you ask? Dem Governor Jerry Brown and a majority Dem state house have ended the fiscal irresponsibility of decades of GOP Governors and their minions in the state house. Not only is Blue California returning to fiscal health with credit upgrades but this last election voters, even in the very Red parts of the state, overwhelmingly above a Rainy Day fund for Brown’s budget surpluses.

    The hypocrisy is that these same voters who OK’d the Rainy Day fund turned around and elected Republicans who opposed such fiscal prudence.

    There should be a national meme asking “How did Jerry Brown turn California around and start raising the credit rating”. Jerry should be crowned King of the Fiscal Conservatives for his budget management expertise.