Republicans Treat Their Voters Like Absolute Idiots – And Conservatives Eat it Right Up

paul-ryan-idiotIt goes without saying that I watch a lot of news. Even though I’m not the biggest fan of the mainstream media, it’s still a source that can be used along with others to get some decent information. Though with each passing year the quality gets worse and worse – but that’s what happens when you allow your news to be driven by ratings instead of content.


I have to admit, the “news” channel that I watch the most is Fox News. Believe it or not, it’s a great channel from which to get information. Typically, whatever they’re saying, just believe the opposite. It’s also the best source for knowing what conservative voters will be saying next, because I can guarantee you whatever nonsense Fox News is pushing will soon be parroted by nearly every conservative from all across the country.

Though I don’t really view Fox News as actual “news” – it’s right-wing entertainment. Their content isn’t driven by facts; instead it’s driven by what conservatives want to hear.

The Republican party and right-wing media absolutely loves the stupidity of the average conservative voter. They don’t even try to hide the fact that they treat these people like mindless sheep. Right now the GOP is up in arms over Obama’s executive actions on immigration, when all he’s done is take action to give human beings who are already here and meet certain criteria the chance at becoming American citizens. He didn’t use a pen to pass sweeping immigration reform and redefine what it means to be an “American citizen.” He simply made it possible for these people who want to meet these guidelines to be able to earn the right to become a citizen.

That’s it. It boils down to treating these people like actual human beings.

It’s not Amnesty – it’s a path to citizenship. These people won’t be granted instant citizenship just for being here. They’ll have to meet the criteria and adhere to the process for becoming an American citizen, and if they don’t, they won’t be granted citizenship.

But the truth is had House Republicans even attempted to pass immigration reform, none of this would have been needed. So while conservative voters are “outraged” at President Obama for issuing these executive actions, they should really be ticked off at their own party for doing absolutely nothing about immigration since they took power in the House in 2010.

By the way, included in Obama’s plan is added resources for border security, but you sure won’t hear that mentioned much (if at all) on Fox News.


But even if you just look at the bigger “names” conservatives trust, it’s an absolute joke. People like Sean Hannity, Matt Drudge, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh – all bottom-feeding propagandists. These are individuals who thrive on saying some of the most outrageous crap because they know conservatives won’t question it.

Benghazi is another great example of right-wing hysteria driving “news.” The House Intelligence Committee just released their latest report showing what liberals have been saying for well over a year now: There was no Benghazi conspiracy, or cover up, driven by the Obama administration. 

Though this report was released on a Friday before a big holiday and it was hardly even mentioned by anyone on Fox News, so most conservatives will never hear much about it. But it’s just another debunked lie in a growing list that have been pushed by the right-wing media.

And none of these lies would even be remotely possible if it weren’t for the fact that Republicans clearly believe conservative voters are idiots.

Things like “death panels,” doubts about Obama’s citizenship, supposed links to the Muslim Brotherhood and many other nefarious and outrageous claims about the president that only complete fools could possibly believe. These aren’t conspiracies that have been pushed by the fringe parts of the right-wing media. These are topics that have been heavily promoted by not just the mainstream conservative media, but elected Republican officials as well.

And no matter how many of these ridiculous conspiracies continue to get debunked by facts and reality, conservative voters continue to eat up new lies one right after another.



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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  • Dan Childers

    Produce the reform bill in Congress. Do it. Hire some hobos to do it. Plagiarize it from an old bill. Hell, do ANYTHING. GOP, are you there?

    • Mike Tell

      But that’s the thing Dan, the Republican scorched earth strategy of just having control of one of 3 branches of government and just not doing anything has worked. All they do is point at the president and say, “see it’s all his fault, while he’s been in office nothing has been done” and people lap that garbage up. If more people would take notice as to why we have govt. shutdowns and no progress on bills it would be very helpful to the Democrats. But lets not kid ourselves, much of the fault in this lies with the Democrats and how they have been running their campaigns. Democrats don’t seem to be willing to explain these things to the public at large. It is curious why the Democrats don’t understand how to run a campaign against the policies of the Conservatives…

  • Jim Valley

    Has there ever been a political group like today’s conservatives in any other place or time? I am picturing a large group of people (in the MILLIONS) who all believe dozens of things that are totally false, while strongly rejecting dozens of other things that are totally true. Aside from every single religion, has this ever happened before?

    • Mike Tell

      Jim, I think the real question is, has there ever been a political tool as effective as FauxNews (and conservative talk radio). It has created this sort of echo chamber where a large group of people receive what they think of as news, when really it’s a 24/7 attack ad on the opposing party. It’s doesn’t matter that climate change is real and large corporations are pushing the republicans to circumvent the science, the Benghazi scandal was much ado about nothing, sweeping executive actions on immigration happen all the time etc etc. They just continue to say the buzzwords and it mobilizes the base.

      It’s very frightening honestly.

      • Jim Valley

        I was hoping someone would bring this up. I agree 100%. Future scholars of American history will determine that right-wing media was the principle cause of the steady decline that set in for real right around 1980. The Internet has only accelerated our devolution into the kind of people who post vile right-wing comments online these days.

      • Ravens fan

        You post vile stuff, too.

      • Jim Valley

        Such as?

        Angry, bitter conservatives often post comments that are filled with references to toilet functions, private body parts, and the big favorite, graphic descriptions of gay sex. It is like reading the rantings of drunken 12-year-olds.

        I have over 24,000 comments on Disqus. Not once have I used ANY of the elements mentioned above. I also don’t call people names, which is a staple of conservative comments. I can’t tell you how many times I have been called “gay” or a “girl” (or occasionally their very strongest insult, a “woman”) because I disagreed with them on some political or historical point.

      • regressive teaparty trash

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      • regressive teaparty trash

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      • Mike Tell

        I’m not old enough to have been there, but I actually think it started happening when the working class got subverted by Nixon, Reagan etc… Conservatism and neo-conservatism really aren’t the same thing, and confusing the voters about it, is one of the largest successes of the modern conservative ‘news’ outlet.

      • Jim Valley

        I was there. Nixon was a paranoid crook, but politically he was a liberal (founded EPA, opened China, etc.) and today would definitely be a Democrat. The real trouble started with St. Ronald, easily the worst president of my lifetime, who set the nation on its current downward slide. Do you know we are STILL paying interest on the massive debt he accrued? (He tripled the national debt in just eight years.)

      • Mike Tell

        No I completely agree about St. Ronnie, I may be misinformed, but I thought that the people that were ‘behind the throne’ with Reagan were all from the Nixon admin (Lee Atwater etc etc) And your statement is spot on and emblematic of how far things have moved to the ‘right’ (really the corporate right) where Nixon would politically be a Democrat today.

      • Jim Valley

        Yes, I think you are right about those behind-the-scenes links. Here’s a secret I don’t usually share: I actually voted for Nixon in 1972. I am proud to say that I have not voted for a single republican for any office since then.

      • Kathy Levittown

        @Jim and Mike….How refreshing to read an intelligent conversation…enjoying both of your comments..;-)

      • regressive teaparty trash

        you are not mis-informed: the john birch remnants ( KOCH) fanned it alive and now that ” child” is the regressive tea party

      • Michigal

        The other pertinent thing St. Ronnie did was dispatch the Fairness Doctrine. It wasn’t perfect, but it did at least take a stab at requiring the presentation of all sides of an issue on broadcast media. It was the ditching of that policy that opened the barn doors wide for the current fact-deprived “news” that guarantees no one ever really understands the facts about any issue. That man did more damage to this country in 8 short years than one would think possible. It’s amazing.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        bog time correct post– “saint ” Reagan is the worst- U will see this when U read ” AMERICAS CONSERVATIVE ROAD TO DESTRUCTION,,,,A BRIEF HISTORY” — funny(??) how todays regressive white trash republican pseudo-‘christian’ doesn’t mention Reagans debts and deficits–

      • Jim Valley

        Today’s conservative “Christians” are VERY selective about which parts of the Bible they obey and which parts of history they recall.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        and when I candidly ask: ” what EXACTLY” are ‘conservatives’ ( see: regressives) “conserving”…. they invariably spin away and call me a libtard
        ======================================
        PRAISE JEEEEESUS!

      • Kathy Levittown

        YES YES YES…He was an ACTOR…who submarined everyone..and the debt..and EVERYTHING..;-)

      • regressive teaparty trash

        please read “AMERICAS CONSERVATIVE ROAD TO DESTRUCTION,,,,,,A BRIEF HISTORY” posted aug 10 2014 on THE BLUE ROUTE by bruce bacon————-it chronicles-with verified facts ( which annoy regressive republicans) all that has been planned and implemented since the early 1950’s starting with McCarthy and accelerated with Reagan ( worst president in modern times) now cascading with the stultified tea party insanity. PLEASE read and share–!

      • Kathy Levittown

        I was THERE Mike..and you are right on my dear..Great perception…(The baby is adorable)..Kathy

      • regressive teaparty trash

        please read ” AMERICAS CONSERVATIVE ROAD TO DESTRUCTION,,,,,A BRIEF HISTORY” posted aug 10 2014 on THE BLUE ROUTE by bruce bacon– the decline actually accelerated in 1980 with Reagan; historically it started in the early 1950’s. This very informative article MUST be read and shared. Incredible that it is happening now- please read and share with all!

      • Jim Valley

        Thanks for the link. I bookmarked it for later. After breakfast! Bacon is calling.

      • Ellen Massie

        Your so right on target!

    • enkelin

      Yes. That would have been the NSDAP from 1923 until 1945

      • NeonVincent

        For once, this is *not* a violation of Godwin’s Law.

    • ReallyPissedOff

      Germany.

    • Nic Valle

      Yes there has. It was called the Nazi Party in Germany.

    • Kathy Levittown

      Never Jim..And Im an older woman..It makes me ill…

      • Jim Valley

        I’m 65 myself. Never saw anything like it. They are giving older people a bad name. Aren’t we supposed to be “wise”?

    • John Smith

      I think you hit the nail on the head about religion. Its the same mind set.

  • Michigal

    Actually, I agree wholeheartedly with the premise of this piece, but there’s an error in the part about Obama’s immigration efforts. What he did will NOT put any of the undocumented folks on a path to citizenship. All it will do is tell them that they will not be targeted for deportation if they fall into certain categories and meet certain requirements. And it lasts for 3 years. Period. They are no closer to being U.S. citizens than they ever were. It’s simply a re-prioritization of enforcement efforts within the law. Rather than focusing on detaining and deporting law-abiding parents of U.S. citizen children, etc., the focus will be on felons, gang members and others who would do us harm. There’s no way, either financially or from a common-sense standpoint, that 11+ million people ever could or would be deported from this country (and the economy would tank if they WERE), so all Obama did was focus ICE’s efforts on those who are bad actors. And he did that only because, as was said, the House GOP leadership was too stubborn, stupid and fearful to put the Senate bill to a vote. Because that sucker would have passed in a heartbeat, leaving the teabaggers and other insane people on the sidelines. Heaven forbid. UGH.

  • christianh

    It’s all just a temporary work permit that will at least start the process of tracking them…

  • Charles Vincent

    Meanwhile the architect od the ACA Jonathan Greuber says the American voter is stupid(this includes left leaning voters) and sayer hey are easily deceived because they don’t know anything about economics and therefore were easily deceived into voting for the ACA and therefore voting against there own best interests.

    • Rob Bailey

      You just proved the poster’s point. The con obsession with Gruber is the latest Faux News boner-maker. And Gruber was correct, as evidenced by the existence of Red States (but – as always – cons refuse to look at the whole story re ACA).

      • Charles Vincent

        Dear rob they lied to get it passed and then they called voters like you stupid and ignorant. They then admitted that its doing things the general public would not want or support. This is why there is now a SCOTUS case on it yet again. The video I saw wasn’t Fox News it was the penn state conference. The other video was him saying the states need to set up the exchanges or people don’t get subsidies, also not from fox. Now democrats are running from Grueber like he has the plague since he pulled back the curtain on this sham of a law. But by All means keep wallowing in your own ignorance, and trying in vain to pass this off as some conservative hate for a POS law because we all know SCOTUS hears cases with no merit all the time.

      • Rob Bailey

        It’s Gruber, Chaz. Dr. Gruber from MIT. A guy that contributed to Romneycare. Sure, he shot off his mouth… in the context that many voters are too ignorant to grasp the entirety of the issue and how the “sausage making’ works to fix a fu*ked up healthcare delivery system. And since I work in Healthcare Economics (and have for years) I think I have a pretty good grasp on ACA, its effects, and yes – even its deficiencies. I’d be happy to debate it with you or anyone else anytime.
        What amazes me is – that even with an extremely uninformed, gullible electorate (of which you are a shining example) that the GOP gets away with bashing a law that – when polled on its actual effects – is VERY popular and will reduce total healthcare costs.
        Proves Gruber’s point.

      • Charles Vincent

        “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not
        score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scores the mandate as taxes the bill
        dies. So it’s written to do that… If you get a law that says healthy
        people are going to pay and sick people would get money, it would not
        have passed.

        Lack of transparency is a huge political
        advantage. And, basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter
        or whatever, but basically that was really very very critical to get the
        thing to pass.

        The law is a sham Rob you can say your in economics and healthcare all you want but it doesnt change the fact that the law is crap and doesnt and will not ever do what is needed to solve the proble which is high costs of health care. Especially since they linked it to cpi rather than health care inflation costs.

      • Charles Vincent

        “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scores the mandate as taxes the bill dies. So it’s written to do that… If you get a law that says healthy people are going to pay and sick people would get money, it would not
        have passed.
        Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And, basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really very very critical to get the
        thing to pass.”

        The law is a sham Rob you can say you’re in economics and healthcare all you want but it doesn’t change the fact that the law is crap and doesn’t and will not ever do what is needed to solve the problem which is high costs of healthcare. Especially since they linked it to CPI rather than health care inflation costs.

        “The second way was have the tax kick in “late, starting in 2018. But by starting it late, we were able to tie the cap for Cadillac Tax to CPI, not medical inflation,” Gruber said. CPI is the consumer price index, which is lower than medical inflation.
        Gruber explains that by drafting the bill this way, they were able to pass something that would initially only impact some employer plans though it would eventually hit almost every employer plan. And by that time, those who object to the tax will be obligated to figure out how to come up with the money that repealing the tax will take from the treasury, or risk significantly adding to the national debt.

        Gruber: Yeah, so these health-insurance Exchanges, you can go on ma DOT healthconnector DOT org and see ours in Massachusetts, will be these new shopping places and they’ll be the place that people go to get their subsidies for health insurance. In the law, it says if the states don’t provide them, the federal backstop will. The federal government has been sort of slow in putting out its backstop, I think partly because they want to sort of squeeze the states to do it. I think what’s important to remember politically about this, is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an Exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits. But your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying to your citizens, you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country. I hope that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these Exchanges, and that they’ll do it. But you know, once again, the politics can get ugly around this.”

        Another tidbit on the last part is that something like 36-38 states don’t have a state run exchange, and the subject of the case SCOTUS is going to hear.

      • Mike Jolin

        Gruber was a GOP plant! I am only speculating but, funny how this man, who was consulted on this law, waited until the ACA was getting scarily popular (By GOP’s POV), to suddenly pop up out of nowhere to make his charges!

      • regressive teaparty trash

        hey Charles,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ive got a splendid one for you( and all of us americans)
        =======================================
        please PLEASE read ” AMERICAS CONSERVATIVE ROAD TO DESTRUCTION,,,,,,,,,A BRIEF HISTORY” posted on THE BLUE ROUTE aug 10 2014 by Bruce Bacon. I know U are not stupid; so read it slowly and get back to me with your opine upon this

      • Charles Vincent

        Seems a bit lopsided T. Although the facts are accurate I don’t believe that they are all associated nor do I believe that the democrats have clean hand in the whole mess. over all the piece screams propaganda slanted and weak connections between the subjects he tries to link.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        im with u on the democrats being dirty as well; but even if 2/3 is accurate its a weeee bit scary

      • Charles Vincent

        I would say one or two items.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        seriously?? U say ” one or two items in this piece are accurate??????

      • Charles Vincent

        No only one or two to make it really scary

      • regressive teaparty trash

        so,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,U are telling me that nearly all of this is UN accurate?

      • Charles Vincent

        No individually they are accurate as a whole link as the author asserts not so accurate. I meant that even one or two being related is scary.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        im ok with that answer Charles–
        it will be interesting if you and I live long enough to see more of what he writes is true or not
        **********************************************************
        im hoping if what he writes IS TRUE that we – as a nation- can stop it from furthering

      • cynthiasomething

        Thank you RTT. Great article.The John
        Birch Society always had booth at the Texas State Fair. My conservative
        Republican parents and I would visit it just to see what absurd things
        they had to say. My ultra-conservative, Ayn Rand-loving mother even
        thought they were “idiots” and refused to visit that booth anymore. They are now
        running our country. By design.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        please spread the words of this article,,,,,,,,,,,,we need to stem this attempted takeover

  • Sarah Mahala

    If it isn’t amnesty, why does Obama call it amnesty? I may not have an IQ of 170 but I am certainly not deaf!!!!!!!

    • NyteShayde

      Clearly you are because he very succinctly said it was NOT. Selective hearing, turn it to the off position.