I’m sure I’m not the only one who, when debating a Republican, walks away thinking, “I wonder what reality is like on their planet?”
Because some of the comments I hear coming from these people would be hilarious if they didn’t actually believe them. Hell, sometimes I even feel sorry for them.
For instance their hero is President Reagan, someone they call a “true conservative.” Except, they can’t tell you exactly how he was a conservative. He quadrupled our national debt, something Republicans don’t deny. Yet they still consider him the epitome of “Republican conservatism.” Then again, both George H. Bush and George W. Bush grew our national debt, so if Reagan is the example of “Republican conservatism,” they followed that example perfectly.
Most sane people know that being “fiscally conservative” doesn’t mean running up giant deficits, so calling Reagan a “conservative legend” doesn’t make any sense.
Or let’s look at the recession — they actually blame it on President Obama, and the ones that don’t blame it on him say he made it worse. Which is just about as bad as those who think he caused it, considering our job losses were cut by more than 50% 4 months after he took office. Only in the world of Republicans can reducing job losses by more than half, quickly, be a bad thing.
Then again, an improving economy is bad news for Republicans. Before the election, I always liked asking them whether or not they felt GOP politicians were happy when positive economic numbers came out. If they answered yes, knowing positive economic numbers meant it was more likely President Obama would win re-election, they were most likely lying. If they answered no, then they were basically admitting they knew their politicians were doing anything they could to sabotage economic recovery and hurt Americans.
Pointing this out, however, often caused their brain to shut down as they couldn’t come to grips that their party was actively trying to harm the economy, which made them the bad guys.
Last year’s presidential election really brought about the most ridiculous behavior by Republicans. Nothing quite like a party which had pushed Obama to release 2 different forms of a birth certificate, and some pushing for the release of college transcripts, then saying their presidential candidate had no obligation to show more than 2 years of his tax returns.
What made it even more ironic was that Romney’s own father was the man who set the precedent for a presidential candidate releasing multiple years worth of tax returns. Then Republicans tried to say Obama was playing politics over tax returns, even though it was during the GOP primaries that fellow Republicans made Romney’s tax returns an issue. Just more proof that blaming Obama for something they created is nothing new for conservatives.
Then when the story resurfaced about Romney tying a family pet to the roof of a car, Republicans came back with Obama eating dog while he was 9 years old living in the Philippines. They really compared a competent adult with a family to a 9 year old eating what his parents told him to eat in a foreign country.
That doesn’t even go into how Romney said he wasn’t concerned with 47% of Americans, bullied a gay classmate in high school (cutting off his hair), flip-flopped on almost every major issue or how he displayed his ignorance by praising the health care system of countries he visited who have socialized health care (something of which Republicans have fiercely opposed in the United States). Hit them with that and you’d probably hear about the time in 2008 when Obama once accidentally said there were 57 states, when he obviously meant to say he had visited 47 of the 50 states during his campaign.
Hell, even on election night Republicans were in disbelief Obama had won. Karl Rove sat on Fox News, making a fool of himself, refusing to say Obama had been re-elected. He seemed in denial that his side’s efforts to buy the presidency had failed—and failed miserably. As for conservative voters, they were most likely genuinely shocked. After all, Fox News and other right-wing pundits had been lying to them for months about Romney’s chances. They painted most every poll that showed Obama headed for an easy victory as “liberally biased”, so Republican voters really did believe Romney was headed for a win.
And I can’t forget the “Great Benghazi Conspiracy.” Well, at least that’s what Republicans wished it was. For months they’ve pushed and pushed, first hoping to get something on Obama before the election and now hoping to get something on Hillary for 2016. Except—there’s nothing to it. In fact, the real “conspiracy” is who edited the “leaked emails” that were initially released to try and create a story that wasn’t there. You’re telling me that Republicans knew nothing of the emails being edited? Sure they didn’t. But if you point this out to a Republican they’ll paint Benghazi as an attack as bad as 9/11 and a “cover up” even more scandalous than Watergate.
No, seriously—Republicans have compared those events to Benghazi.
Honestly, I could write a 5 page dissertation covering the ridiculous statements Republicans have made when confronted with reality which contradicts what they want to believe.
I would encourage everyone to show conservatives some of the articles I’ve written with linked sources which debunk Republican lies — Debunking Almost Every Republican Lie Against President Obama, The Article Every Liberal Needs to Show a Conservative or Part 2: The Article Every Liberal Needs to Show a Conservative. Then watch as your right-wing friends or family members make fools out of themselves trying to make excuses for those lies. It’s truly quite hilarious.