Conservatives, Conspiracies and a Republican Party that’s Always Crying Wolf

Image credit: AP/Susan Walsh/Stacy Bengs/Reuters/Micah Walter

Image credit: AP/Susan Walsh/Stacy Bengs/Reuters/Micah Walter

The childhood story of the Boy Who Cried Wolf is probably known to most of us.  And as most of us know, the general moral of the story is that you shouldn’t lie, because then when you’re telling the truth nobody will believe you.

Since President Obama was elected in 2008, this childhood fable almost always comes to mind whenever I see conservatives try to push yet another one of their Obama conspiracy theories.

I often joke that there have been so many ridiculous right-wing conspiracy theories push by conservatives that I’ve forgotten more than I can remember.  And each time they try to push one of these conspiracies, they whine and moan about how the “media is ignoring the truth.”

No.  What the media has done (most of it anyway) is ignore the perpetual right-wing witch hunt that’s been going on against President Obama since before he was even inaugurated as president in January 2009.

These are people who frequently toss around the word “impeachment” as if Fox News determines who does or doesn’t deserve impeachment.  They’ve used the word so often that even if President Obama committed an actual impeachable offense (he hasn’t), most of the country wouldn’t even take them seriously.

They’ve done the same thing with Benghazi.  Conservatives have been so over the top with their attempts to keep Benghazi relevant (all so they can try to use it against Hillary Clinton), that nowadays most non-conservative Americans just tune out anything to do with the word.  Hell, I’ve seen some conservatives compare Benghazi to the 9/11 attacks.  They’ve been absolutely ridiculous.

Then we have the IRS “scandal.”  Look, I’ll admit that 2 years of emails vanishing due to a “crashed computer” is a little suspect.  But let’s be honest about this “investigation.”  It has nothing to do with the IRS.  This entire thing is centered around Republicans trying to find any way to link this possible scandal at the IRS to the White House.  Doubt me?  Darrell Isaa, chairman of the oversight committee investigating the situation with the IRS, essentially admitted that was his goal.  

Ever since President Obama was first elected it’s been a near endless stream of right-wing conspiracies and nonsense.  It’s reached such a point that conservatives, and the Republican party, have essentially become the “boy” who cried wolf.

They’ve lied, blatantly misinformed and perpetuated so many ridiculous ideas that it’s impossible for any non-conservative Americans to take anything they say seriously.

And quite possibly the most comical thing about all this right-wing fear mongering is that many of the things they’ve tried bashing Obama for are things Republican presidents have similarly done, often worse.

Take for instance some of these claims by conservatives:

Out of control use of executive orders: They didn’t seem to mind it when Reagan and George W. Bush were issuing more.

He made America look weak by negotiating with terrorists to get Bowe Bergdahl: I guess they wouldn’t have minded if he illegally sold arms to Iran to get him back.

He’s made America less safe: Said about the president who found and killed Osama bin Ladin.  The terrorist who was used by the Bush administration to justify why we started both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

Those “Obamacare death panels”: Not even worth explaining the stupidity behind that one.

He’s faking the monthly jobs reports: Yes, by all means, he’s faking the numbers of a jobs report despite the White House having exactly zero link to the agency that creates, calculates and reports the numbers every month.

His weakness empowered Russia to invade Ukraine: They didn’t seem to think that back in 2008 when Russia invaded Georgia – when Bush was president.

The list just goes on and on.

Hell, we even have Dick Cheney trying to blame the situation in Iraq on President Obama.  A blatant lie considering he damn sure knows it was President Bush who signed the SOFA agreement requiring all U.S. troops to be out of Iraq by 2011.

Since President Obama was elected it’s been one blatant lie after another.  These lies have been perpetuated by conservatives and the Republican party to such an extent that even if they happen to tell the truth about something (which is rare these days), hardly any non-conservative Americans will believe them – and rightfully so.


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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  • MLR

    I’m still not understanding why the IRS is a “big scandal” because: (1) Liberal groups were also “targeted” and one was in fact denied (2) No tea party groups were denied but they should of been (3) The only thing the IRS messed up on is changing the word from “exclusively” to “primarily”. If they had just left the law the way it was written there would be no “IRS scandal”. But you’ll never hear False News or CNN explaining this to their audience. These media outlets never challenge republicans on the lies or misinformation they put out there. I think it’s time to hold the media just as accountable for pushing misinformation out there because this is bordering on dangerous for our country.