The 5 Worst Conservative Memes Of The Week

facepalm1After debunking a false meme posted by a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives earlier this week, I was asked why I didn’t do the same thing for conservative memes. To be honest with you, I thought that would be a one time deal – but since the Tea Party and conservatives offer up so much easy material, perhaps it’s time we start running a weekly column addressing the dumbest conservative memes circulating on social media.

To be fair, there’s some pretty dumb or false ones on the left as well, and we will address those as necessary. But it seems that when it comes to posting ridiculous, easily debunked rubbish, conservative memes have no competition.

Have you ever received those email forwards that tell you how people are putting HIV-loaded syringes on gas pump handles or that if you forward within 10 minutes, you’ll meet the person of your dreams? Yeah, that kind of rubbish that preys on the gullible or pulls on your heartstrings – and in this case, it’s in the form of memes.

Before we get into the worst conservative memes of the week, here’s quick little background on web memes for you. They’ve been around since the beginning of the internet in one form or another, and Smithsonian Magazine has compiled a list of top ten unforgettable web memes which includes “Chuck Norris Facts.” Anyone else remember those?

Web memes often serve as advertising, especially on Facebook, for pages which use them to draw followers which they hope to translate into customers or traffic to their respective websites. Out of all of these, the most famous is probably George Takei, although there are much larger pages which do the same thing. For the sake of transparency, we here at Forward Progressives create memes as well in order to advertise our site, as do many other sites.

Now, with that brief rundown out of the way, on to the dumbest conservative memes.

5. Number five comes to us from the Facebook page “The Revolution” which claims to be “The Best Conservative News Source” and runs stories from dcgazette.com and universalfreepress.com.

A "Missing" poster from the conservative Facebook page called "The Revolution."

A “Missing” poster from the conservative Facebook page called “The Revolution.”

The stupidity behind this meme is that it relies on the constant narrative that the President is always on vacation, as well as a shot at his wardrobe which is meant imply that he isn’t “a real man.” As Allen Clifton pointed out a few days ago, the conservative complaints about President Obama’s vacations (he’s on pace to take half the vacation days that George W. Bush did) or playing golf are utterly ridiculous. They’re even more ridiculous when the Republican-controlled Congress is on yet another break and has done little else other than to constantly attempt to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act – when they’re not holding another investigation or trying to sue the President.

On top of all that, the image wasn’t even created by “The Revolution,” they just swiped the advertising for another site and didn’t even bother to credit them. So much for “liberals are lazy,” huh?

4. Number four is from the Facebook page “Being Conservative.” In this image, they attempt to blame current gas prices on the President, a favorite disingenuous tactic that you’ll see in conservative media from blogs all the way to Fox News.

A  gas price meme posted on the Facebook page "Being Conservative."

A gas price meme posted on the Facebook page “Being Conservative.”

Remember, if you’re a resident of Bullshit Mountain, anything that goes wrong is President Obama’s fault. Conversely, anything that goes right is not of his doing – up to and including killing Osama Bin Laden. The stupidity of this image rests with the fact that, other than launching airstrikes on oil-rich nations and unsettling the world oil market, the President really has no control over oil prices. Oil prices are set by global supply and demand, and higher gas prices are usually indicative of an economy that is on the upswing. When President Obama took office, gas prices were about half of what they are now – because the economy was in a downward spiral. Shortly before the bubble burst, I remember paying over $4 for a gallon of gas and I can’t recall any of the conservative pundits placing the blame on George W. Bush – can you?

But hey, if you think the page Being Conservative is actually about being a conservative and not a front for collecting your personal information via the petitions from groupstand.org that they constantly push, then believing that the President controls gas prices is right up your intellectual alley.

3. Any time I want to see something really, really stupid, I go to the Facebook page “The Tea Party.” No, it’s not the actual Tea Party page, it’s set up to use the name recognition of the Tea Party to promote the ridiculous website tpnn.com. At this site, you will see stuff that poses as news that even Fox producers would decline out of journalistic integrity. Yeah, it’s that bad.

Anti-immigration meme from the page "The Tea Party" on Facebook.

Anti-immigration meme from the page “The Tea Party” on Facebook.

This image promotes the idea that refugees and immigrants come here for free stuff, not because they’re seeking opportunity, or because the chance of dying on the journey here is better than the certain death that awaits them back home. If you’re gullible enough to believe that this Facebook page officially represents the Tea Party, then you’re probably also likely to believe that immigrants are all lazy moochers who want free handouts but somehow also want to steal our jobs.

In case you’re wondering, only one person on my friends list “likes” this page but they also believe if they like and share that picture of the little girl in a hospital bed, Facebook will donate $1.00 to her medical fund.

2. This gem comes from the Facebook page “Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children” which uses a nickname for the United States Marine Corps to push their website for “The Best Non Politically Correct Conservative News” as well as sell merchandise, none of which has been approved by the actual Marine Corps. In fact, Facebook has terminated this page at least 2 or 3 times. But like a case of herpes, they just keep popping back up.

Crusader image from the page "Uncle Sam's Misguided Children" on Facebook.

Crusader image from the page “Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children” on Facebook.

Aside from the hilarious confusion the creator of this meme has with the proper use of the words “you’re” and “your,” this image is aimed solidly at the keyboard commandos who litter the comments section of Yahoo! with ALL CAPS rants about Obama and how he’s coming for their guns and freedoms. I doubt many of them have ever seen combat outside of a paintball range or Call of Duty, yet in their minds, the only thing standing between ISIS and Lady Liberty is their AR-15 with a Molon Labe sticker on it. Very likely, followers of this page still have “Benghazi” listed as their middle name on Facebook and actually subscribed to Sarah Palin’s horrendous TV channel. These folks are easy to spot online and in real life as they’re likely to have the skull and crossed knives as their profile picture or a bumper sticker on their truck at Open Carry Texas rallies.

1. The absolute dumbest conservative meme I’ve seen this week comes from the page “Conservative Lady” which represents the website GopTheDailyDose.com. This meme manages two dogwhistles in one image – the racist reference to Trayvon Martin as well as the Tea Party favorite rumor that Obama is secretly a Muslim.

Image from the page "Conservative Lady" on Facebook

Image from the page “Conservative Lady” on Facebook

Not only is this incredibly stupid, it is also unbelievably offensive. I’m pretty sure the family of James Foley would be horrified to know that their son’s death was used to make a disgusting political statement and advertise a website of any kind. While I have seen some pretty offensive memes come from liberal pages, I don’t think I’ve ever seen something as low as this. Racism, stupidity and the fact that it’s outright disgusting is what earns this the title of the worst conservative meme of the week.

Would you like to nominate a meme for me to debunk or feature in an upcoming list? Visit my Facebook page and leave me a message with a link to one you want to see addressed.


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  • Pipercat

    These are not “memes.” This is good old fashioned propaganda.

    • Manny . Schewitz

      I would nothing more than to push my swollen male member into Obamas mouth. Once I let loose with the throat yogurt it would probably jet out of his flappy ears!

      • flats67

        Stay classy Republicans!

      • Stephen Barlow

        Ever rip toilet paper with your finger? how do you solve THAT problem?

      • Gary

        Use a republican instead. Its all thier good for at this point.

    • MadameSomnambule .

      They manage to be both memes and propaganda at the same time. I’ve grown to hate shit like this. :/

  • Lazarus Mansassi

    1. They’re called macros. Memes require a central idea that is repeated en masse and is instantly recognizable to those familiar with it.

    2. Beyond the grammatical error, how is 2 all that bad?

    • Brian

      Because of the implication of some great Christian crusade against the IS, which is not only stupid but also theocratic, inaccurate, impossible, and shows that a bunch of fanatical morons want to fight for all the wrong reasons.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Because ISIS is Sunnis slaughtering Shias

  • Matthew Reece

    #4 is the fault of Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen.

    • Brian

      Really? I thought it was because corporate oil speculators, whom control the prices, drive up the price with every possible excuse despite the fact that the US is nowhere even close to a shortage.

      • Larry Ham

        Supply and demand; if we increase drilling and fracking then supply goes up and the price goes down. If the world’s economy takes off then demand will increase along with prices.

        But if you feel better spewing left wing conspiracy theories then by all means please continue.

      • Curtis Scarbrough

        But then when we increase fracking, we start poisoning our own people. So always a tradeoff.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Long before their time.

    • jimv1983

      Well, technically #4 isn’t even true. Gas prices were already way more than $1.84 the day Obama took office. The last time I paid less than $2.00a gallon was shortly after I got my license in summer is 2001.

  • jimv1983

    That gas one is just a lie. Those were gas prices that I paid when I got my license in….. 2001. That was a few months after Bush entered the White House. On January 20th 2009, the day Obama entered the White House, gas prices had been well over $3/gal for several years.

    • Jody Bourgoin

      the problem is that Conservatives only remember the big drop in prices caused by the collapse of the economy(not the actual collapse itself). Not the 7 years before that. The prices dropped for a couple months because people couldn’t afford to eat, let alone buy gas.

      Just like their religion, cherry pick the stuff they want to promote and forget the rest.

      • Stephen Barlow

        YEAH!!! like when the stock market PLUNGED BELOW SEVEN THOUSAND POINTS.

        Like BEFORE 11,000,000 home OWNERS became HOMELESS.

        like before the Republicans claimed 23,000,000 people were JOBLESSS

      • Morgan O’Brien-Bledsoe

        No need to shout like a conservative keyboard commando who litters the comments section of Yahoo! with ALL CAPS rants.

      • jimv1983

        Except that prices on things besides houses didn’t really drop much. Gas prices between 2001 and today didn’t really drop much at all.

    • Stephen Barlow

      So you are REALLY saying BUck Eighty gas was CLINTON’s fault. Kinda like the LAST time America was prosperous.

      • jimv1983

        I never said gas prices were impacted at all by any president. My point was that the claim that gas prices being around $1.80 until Obama took office just isn’t true. Regardless of who is to blame for the increase of gas prices the fact is the biggest increase in prices was before 2008 and not since 2009.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Sorry I needed the clarification.

      • Jj

        Anything to suck off old GW.

      • Stephen Barlow

        ???

      • Gary

        They did drop to that range for an extremely short period in 2008. I even remember it.
        But just as a few months ago, that was short lived.

        http://www.gasbuddy.com/GB_retail_price_chart.aspx

      • Gary

        Just click on the “Ten Year” link near the top.

    • Eric Rude

      I remember, in 2008, Bill O’Reilly defending GW Bush about the high gas prices. He was mad that liberals were blaming Bush for gas prices being so high, and insisting that the president had no control over them. Four years later, he was complaining that President Obama was doing nothing about the high gas prices….

  • Jody Bourgoin

    The last one makes me sick. I wonder if we had a picture of the last seconds of their childrens lives right before they were murdered they would still be thinking this was ok.

    • Stephen Barlow

      HEY??? FergMO anyone?

  • Stephen Barlow

    OK. 5, not so much. 3, 2, or UNIO……………..HOW can those liars lie and call themselves Christians?

  • Chomper Lomper Tawee

    Ok,Ok Manny.Schewitz ……We Get It, you have a gay obsession with President Obama..

  • Anthony

    Not sure how the last one is a racist reference to Trayvon Martin, but then again liberals don’t need an actual reason to call someone a racist, it’s one of their go-to words.