10 Republican Talking Points and What Conservatives Really Mean When They Say Them

bachmann-sotu-rebuttalWhile there’s almost no shortage of things about which I can criticize the Republican party, one area that I don’t hesitate to admit that they’re masters of is propaganda. If Fox News says it, you can damn sure bet conservatives all over this country will be parroting it within 24-48 hours. Words and phrases repeated over and over and over until they’re etched in the minds of nearly every conservative in this country. They don’t even have to make any sense. They just have to sound good.


So, I thought I would have a little fun and “decode” several of these commonly used terms and phrases often used by Republicans when pushing their propaganda. I’ll put the word or phrase they say and what they really mean when they say it.

Let’s get started.

1) Job Creators: Rich people. (Because apparently if you’re wealthy, you create jobs. Even if you don’t own a business of any kind.)

2) Tax Cuts: Bribing middle class Americans with $50 more per month in their paychecks so they won’t notice these cuts are really about Republicans giving the top 2 percent of Americans thousands back. In the meantime, middle class Americans really don’t save money, because they get screwed over when programs they benefit from endure massive cuts to pay for the revenue lost because of those very same tax cuts.

3) Traditional Marriage: A term used by people who aren’t aware that marriage is not based on Christianity and who seem unaware that divorce has been “ruining traditional marriage” for decades.

4) People Who Just Want a Handout From the Government: This is code used by conservatives to say black people and minorities are stealing your money because they don’t want to work. Meanwhile, the millions of white conservatives who rely on these same programs are “good, upstanding Americans who just fell on hard times and earned these benefits.”

5) Climate Change is a Hoax: We’re nothing more than puppets for big oil.

6) Drill Baby Drill: Said by someone who’s also a sellout for big oil and/or doesn’t understand how the price of oil is set or sold on the global market.

7) Pro-life: Someone who values the life of a fetus – until it’s born.


8) We Need to get Back to Traditional American Values: People who aren’t straight, white Christian males are getting entirely too many rights in this country.

9) Never Trust the Mainstream Media: Don’t trust anyone who debunks the misinformation, lies and propaganda being pushed by Fox News. Fun fact: Fox News brags about being “America’s most watched cable news channel.” So, wouldn’t that make them the “leaders” of the mainstream media? Just saying…

10) President Obama is an anti-American/Socialist/Communist/Muslim/anti-Christ/Fascist/non-American citizen dictator who hates our Constitution and Wants to Destroy the United States: He’s black.

I could keep going, but I’ll stop there. I would encourage everyone reading this to spread it around, then sit back and enjoy the reaction by any Republican who happens to read it. Because I can guarantee you it will be quite entertaining.

If you have any other suggestions, hit me up on Twitter and maybe I’ll include them if I ever do a “second edition.”



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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  • Pjs8200

    Perfect!

  • SBM0802

    I’m not a Republican, and I hate Fox news. I also think Obama has major socialist tendencies and has not been a good President. How does this make me racist? (I voted for him the first time!) According to the author I am just not smart enough to know the difference between race and ideology. Wow.

    • Laura Hurt

      If you’re not a republican, this article is not about you.
      The part about Obama is not about reasonable critics of his presidency, it’s about the lies that have to cover up that all they really are against is that he is black.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Please, use the capital ‘R’ when using that title. There is a world of difference. Just as you are not a Progressive (self-awarded title), you are a progressive (that’s what you do). If more citizens differentiate, more would be made aware of just how serious to the cause they are.

    • crabjack

      Your not a republican and you hate Fox. Who called you a racist?

    • VoteOther

      Only the guilty, should feel guilty.

      • DallasJim

        Aka The hit dog barks.

    • Jenna Williamson Marisco

      I don’t think you get what socialist programs are. The police, fire dept., post office, public library, public schools.. these are all social programs.

    • Tom Pryor

      It may not make you racist, but it sure does make you stupid – and you wouldn’t know an ideology if it smacked you on the ass and said “boy howdy!”

      Obama has zero “socialist” tendencies – here’s a hint: a guy who bails out Wall St and big Detroit automakers, saves the American banking system and builds a national healthcare plan around private insurers is NOT a socialist – and has no evidence of “tendencies” either. And he’s been a damn sight better President than his idiot predecessor, too.

      • Tom Pryor = Fannyface

        That’s why Obamas approval ratings are in the dumps right? Why he is toxic to every democrat in a tight race this November? You better crack a book Tom, or at least read a newspaper. All the nonsense you picked up in the woods behind the rest stop should be kept to your old stoopid self.
        Don’t like it? Suck on a trailer hitch!

      • Tom Pryor

        Wait, so in your sad, angry, demented, little pea-brain, poor approval ratings = socialist?

        I guess that makes George W. Bush Stalin, because his approval ratings are still worse than Obama’s.

        Learn to read, you embarrassing imbecile.

      • Tom Pryor = Kittycat

        Look at Tom regurgitating all the dopey liberal communist talking points he learned in the glory hole session/

      • Tom Pryor

        I accept your surrender – thanks for playing.

      • Tracy Lund

        Actually, and factually, his approval rating is not in the dumps. Just another silly sound bite from the right.

        As to being toxic to other democrats, please dude, the people who won, embraced his accomplishments, not the other way around.

      • v2787

        Thank you, Tom. I love it when clueless right wingers get their figurative asses handed to them. And Dubya really was an idiot who damaged this country significantly.

      • Joe Biden

        I like to watch Sasha and Malia root around in the garden from behind.

      • BB-Mystic

        Please don’t drag the President’s children into this. They should be off limits.

      • strayaway

        Like Bush, Obama is a corporatist. Corporatism often does have have a redistribution element though that mimics socialist largess whether subsidizing health insurance policies for the poor (and insurance companies) or giving outright tax breaks to corporations. I agree with everything you wrote except for your last sentence.

      • Tom Pryor

        Obama may be a corporatist – as was Clinton before him – but Bush was very much a fascist.

      • strayaway

        “Corporatist” is the polite term for “economic fascist”. According to Friedrich Hayek, economic fascism does not always evolve into broader fascism but fascist societies always include economic fascism. Broader fascism might include any variety of things from spying on citizens, to executive legislation, to a full blown police state, to torture and executions of first foreigners and finally citizens. Liberal Naomi Wolf points out that every country she has studied that uses torture on foreigners eventually uses torture on its own citizens. One thing that expands economic fascism into worse sorts of fascism, again borrowing from Hayek, is that when the planners plans don’t work, they blame it on not having gone far enough or on criticism so critics must be silenced and more must be spent on the plan. I recommend watching on YouTube ”
        Naomi Wolf – The End of America” 47min. or her updated or “The end of America revisited” 1hr 45min in which she addresses the rise of fascism.

    • James Wood

      This just tells us you have no clue what socialism is.

  • Stephen Barlow

    1) Job Creators: Rich people. (Because apparently if you’re wealthy, you create jobs. Even if you don’t own a business of any kind.) maids, butlers, cooks, partyplanners…) JOBS (4noncitizens)

    2) Tax Cuts: Bribing middle class Americans with $50 more per month in their paychecks so they won’t notice these cuts are really about Republicans giving the top 2 percent of Americans thousands back. In the meantime, middle class Americans really don’t save money, because they get screwed over when programs they benefit from endure massive cuts to pay for the revenue lost because of those very same tax cuts.

    2nd and 7th mortgage desuctions

    3) Traditional Marriage: A term used by people who aren’t aware that marriage is not based on Christianity and who seem unaware that divorce has been “ruining traditional marriage” for decades.
    50% of cockincunt marriages are ……… divorces. and they are SERIAL OFFENDERS 90% of THE TIME!

    4) People Who Just Want a Handout From the Government: This is code used by conservatives to say black people and minorities are stealing your money because they don’t want to work. Meanwhile, the millions of white conservatives who rely on these same programs are “good, upstanding Americans who just fell on hard times and earned these benefits.”

    IF you slather 50% of the population with 900% of the poverty,
    BLAME them for being poor……THEN disallow their VOTE….

    5) Climate Change is a Hoax: We’re nothing more than puppets for big oil.
    9 of 9 on the Colorado Energy Board are EXXON,CHEVRON, etc… employees.

    6) Drill Baby Drill: Said by someone who’s also a sellout for big oil and/or doesn’t understand how the price of oil is set or sold on the global market. @ FIVE MILLION GALLONS EACH, 20 thousand wells per county……………….

    For a buck an acre?

    7) Pro-life: Someone who values the life of a fetus – until it’s born. –
    Criminalizing a CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT!
    is just WRONG

  • Maria DelCoco

    There’s campaign code, too. ‘Standing up to EPA’ means Koch money much more important than the planet; ‘fighting Obamacare’ – code for desire to nullify laws considered and voted in, and ignoring SCOTUS decisions plus they’ve got theirs, to hell with you.

  • Sandy Greer

    Nothing to do with Dems and Repubs. Just a general observation. But when somebody tells others what I ‘really mean’:

    More often than not they get it wrong.

    • chrisgogh

      Maybe you actually do say what you really mean, unlike the people being discussed in this article.

      • Sandy Greer

        Sure. ‘Cause we’re the only ones who actually say what we ‘really mean’.

        People who think the other guy doesn’t say what he ‘really means’ – really aren’t listening. OK – so long as you preach to the choir. But that’s as far as it goes.

      • kat karsecs

        “We”??? So you can accurately say what untold numbers of people ‘really mean’, based on an assumption that they all think exactly like you because…why? Because “you all” watch the same news station? If that’s the case, then this article is pretty spot on at saying what “you” think. Unless you’re saying that only individual you has the ability to say what “we” are thinking, but no one else is as insightful as you. Or else, you’re just incredibly naive regarding the duplicity of human beings.

      • Sandy Greer

        I think we said the same thing.

        No, we cannot “accurately say what untold numbers of people ‘really mean’, based on an assumption that they all think exactly (a)like “.

        ^^^Which is what this article did. And exactly my point.

      • kat karsecs

        When you then stated “Cause we’re the only ones who actually say what we ‘really mean'”, who areyou referring to with that ‘we’?

      • Sandy Greer

        Lefties. Who did you think? Lemme guess – Too much tongue in cheek? Too subtle? Point is:

        If I want to know what a Republican ‘really means’ – I will go to a Republican for that. Straight to the source. I won’t take a Dem’s word for what a Repub ‘really means’. And vice versa.

        This article preaches to the choir. And some of us sitting in the pews can’t sing along.

  • Jim Bean

    1. If you are rich, you much money is invested in things that create and sustain jobs.

    2. Tax cuts – a scheme Republicans use to entice wealthy people to invest some of the money they are sitting on into the economy because they’re tired of hearing the Left bitch about it.

    3. Traditionally, a man pairs up with a woman (something to do with procreation, I think) irrespective of religion. Conservatives sneaked a peak at the outside world, hence the reference to tradition marriage.

    4. This must be one of those dog-whistle things that only Liberals can hear.

    5. Need to see the temperatures keep pace with CO2 increases as promised. Reluctant to take things on faith.

    6. Excess oil on the market forces sellers to lower the price of gasoline in order to get the sale over their competitor. (That – and natural gas pressure – is one of the reasons it has come down so much in recent months.) That means more money left over for everyone, especially the less well to do, to spend on other things. Conservatives like that. (It also gives Liberals something to give Obama credit for, in a pinch, even though he deserves none.)

    7. The Left hasn’t yet proposed abortion after the point of birth yet. When they do, we’ll test that.

    8. Results from the sense that the ‘new values’ are creating a lot of destructive social conflict.

    9. MSM is network TV – something everyone can get free. Cable news channels are the ones you have pay to see. Just saying. . . .

    10. He pledged to ‘fundamentally change’ the nation upon taking office. No one sets out to fundamentally change anything they respect and appreciate.

    • Chris Isner

      Reluctant to take things on faith? You’ve got to be kidding.

    • Mo Better

      1. the rich may or may not invest in job-making enterprises. They may just as easily invest in companies, tear them apart to sell them off for profit, depending on the moral values of the rich person.
      2. hahaha! that’s why they have off-shore accounts. Tax cuts do not necessarily induce investments. Maybe tax breaks for those who create jobs (in this country) would work, but across the board tax cuts for the wealthy, um, no.
      3. So this means that only those of child-bearing age & willing to procreate have “traditional marriages.” Everyone else does not.
      4. you re kidding, right? You mean to say you’ve never heard a Conservative say that? It’s a real quote.
      5. You obviously aren’t keeping up on your reading. The overall Temp increase does not have to be gigantic to melt the glaciers (which until now have locked the water out of the oceans). You do know the Arctic ice has melted enough for a “Northwest passage” above Canada. Stop getting your climatology from FOX, because they already won the case in court that they are “entertainment” not “news” so they don’t have to be truthful.
      6. In case you haven’t noticed, gasoline prices go up in the Spring, peak in the Summer (just after the 4th of July) and drop in the Fall. If people insist on blaming the President (any president) for the increase, then he (& sometime in the future she) gets to claim the credit for the decrease, as well. Of course the Pres isn’t the one who controls the price of oil. That would be OPEC, Koch, and a handful of others in the oil industry. And I just have to add: Sarah Palin is a willfully ignorant person.
      7. You think that’s clever, don’t you? It’s not. Maybe there are a few conservatives who support social programs for those who are born instead of having been aborted, but honestly, they are few & far between. I’m not sure what they expect when they limit birth control education and access, cut off legal abortions while also cutting social programs and welfare: aid to families with dependent children/WIC/foodstamps. All so you won’t have to tax the rich.
      8. What “new values” are creating “destructive social conflict”? The ones about carrying guns into diners, grocery and toy stores? As a recent incident has shown, open-carry is a “whites only” right, since if you are Black, you will be shot & killed carrying (the store’s) toy gun around. The “new values” of actually giving EVERYONE equal rights? The “new values” of having profitable businesses be required to pay their workers a Live-able wage (so they don’t need those social programs that Conservatives would like to axe! Conservatives should actually be on the forefront of that movement.)
      9. If FOX is, as they claim, the most watched news program in America, they are part of “Main Stream Media” whether they are on Cable or Network TV. There are many FOX affiliates on Network TV (& I’m sure they are counted in the tally). Just saying.
      10. I fully respect, appreciate & love my country. I think there are things that need “fundamental change.” This does not make me less of a patriot. You are off base with this one. There are many things that have fundamentally changes in our 233 years as a country. Slavery, voting rights, equal rights on one hand. Citizens United & the “Patriot” Act on the other. It is insincere to say “America: love it or leave it.” Everyone has a right (& a duty) to create society to be its best.

      • Jim Bean

        1. You mean like Big Bro tore apart GM to salvage it?

        2. Tax HIKES necessarily discourage investment (at least investment in this country)

        3. Yes

        4. Have never heard a conservative say only black people abuse entitlement programs. Neither have you.

        5. The glaciers have been melting for thousand of years. The Great Lakes were covered by glaciers just 11,000 years ago and it wasn’t man-made CO2 that melted them.

        6. In case you have noticed, gas prices are the lowest they’ve been since 2010. In case you haven’t noticed oil and natural gas production in the US is higher than its ever been.

        7. There has been no concerted effort by conservatives to cancel any social safety net programs. None of these programs can be allowed to be unlimited because Dems will promise to add more to them every election cycle if you vote for them.

        8. Gay marriage and abortion as a substitute for responsible sexual behavior create social conflict. All social conflict is destructive.

        9. Fox claims to be (and is) ‘the number one watched CABLE news network in the country.”

        10. You are not Obama and he was talking about fundamentally changing what it is now into something else because he disrespects it.

      • Tom Pryor

        Pure and utter bullshit. How does your head not explode from the lies you tell yourself?

      • Jim Bean

        Pick just one (or all if you please) you think is BS and then refute it with something factual.

      • Sandy Greer

        Actually, I think it one of the more interesting debates I’ve seen here in a long time. You both make many good points. I’m glad to see it. Please don’t let BS naysayers dissuade you.

      • Jim Bean

        Thanks. Actually, I come here to hear what they have to say. Then I go away terrified. 🙂