While there are many lies Republicans often perpetuate, there are some that are seemingly timeless. These are the ones that transcend whomever is president and will most likely never go away. Because as most people are well aware, once a lie is out there (especially if told often enough) it’s almost impossible to correct that misinformation on a wide scale.
After all, there are still millions of Americans who don’t believe President Obama is an American citizen, and that the state-run health care exchanges where they’ve gained access to health care are great – but “Obamacare” is awful socialism.
So I thought I would go ahead and debunk five of the most commonly perpetuated lies I hear Republicans spew as to hopefully put an end to some of the nonsense behind these mythical beliefs.
1. The United States is “one nation under God,” just look at our Pledge of Allegiance: If someone uses our pledge as “proof” that this nation is founded on Christianity, they’re only proving that they have absolutely no idea when it was written. Not only was the Pledge of Allegiance not written until 1892, but the first two versions didn’t even contain the words “under God.” They weren’t added until 1954.
2. Abraham Lincoln represents the Republican party: Okay, so while it’s true that Lincoln was a Republican, you have to suspend a whole lot of logic and reality to actually try to claim that modern day Republicans are represented by Lincoln. Let’s look at what Lincoln did, shall we? He issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which was a massive executive order bypassing Congress, proclaiming that the slaves in the states that were in rebellion were free. He also used a massive amount of federal power (including the military) to violate what Confederate states believed to be their “states’ rights.” Now, what sounds more “Republican”:
- States angrily opposed to a president using an executive order to “trample” on “states’ rights” to such an extent that they rose up in an armed rebellion known as the Civil War – or –
- A president bypassing Congress to issue an executive order in direct conflict with what many states felt was their “right” to ignore what the federal government wanted them to do.
I’ll let you decide.
3. The United States is a Christian nation: This one is really simple. The day someone who believes this nation was founded on Christianity can point to one part of our Constitution where the words “Christian,” “Christianity” or “Jesus Christ” are written – then I’ll agree that this is a Christian nation. And to any Republican who might attempt this, make sure you know the difference between the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
4. Ronald Reagan was a conservative icon: I’ve still yet to have anyone actually explain to me how someone can be a “conservative icon” while nearly tripling our national debt in eight years. But not only was he not exactly fiscally conservative with our debt, but Reagan raised taxes fairly often during his presidency and passed amnesty for undocumented immigrants. Oh, and he really liked using executive orders.
5. We’re the party of small government: I’m not sure how you can claim to be the party of “small government” when you’re constantly trying to use the government to block abortion rights for women, prevent gay couples from getting married and attempting to use laws to try to unconstitutionally allow businesses to discriminate against people. How does any of that qualify as “small government”?
And while I’m sure this won’t change the mind of any Republican, I still think we need to make sure truth gets spread around as much, and often, as possible. Because as they say, truth is real whether or not someone wants to believe in it.
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