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even more frustrating when I see conservatives who are benefitting from the law, voting for politicians who want it repealed.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