We’ve all heard the seemingly endless stream of Republican lies and the fear-mongering they’ve tried to use against President Obama. Since his election in 2008, I’ve been astonished by some of the incredibly ridiculous things many conservatives actually believe. To this day, I’ve rarely encountered a conservative who can actually name much – if any – factual information about this president.
For a source of entertainment, I like to ask conservatives I encounter to name five facts about President Obama. Some of the nonsense I’ve heard most of these folks respond with has been nothing short of pure insanity. A person really has to willfully want to dislike someone to actually believe many of the things these folks have told me.
Though when I’m told these lies that have obviously been pounded into their psyche by the conservative media and the GOP, I can’t help but wonder: If the truth about President Obama is so bad, why do Republicans lie about him so often?
Clearly this is a rhetorical question since I know exactly why Republicans lie – fear is one of the best ways to convince people to act against their own self-interests. And while I disagree with Republicans on many things, I’ll be the first to admit that they’re masters at fear-mongering and preying on the paranoia and worries of their constituents.
But the truth is, all the lying Republicans did during his time in office only proved one thing: President Obama was a damn successful president.
Here we sit in the midst of the greatest streak of private sector job growth in United States history (for over 15 million jobs), but to listen to Republicans talk, our economy is in shambles. When the truth of the matter is, had a Republican been in charge these last few years – conservatives would be hoisting them up as legend next to Ronald Reagan.
Even with the unemployment hovering around or below 5% (lower than at any point during Reagan’s administration) Republicans will simply say it’s because the economy is so bad that people have stopped looking for work. They often like to point to a low labor participation rate, while failing to mention that a large reason for that is not because of the economy, but because the “Baby Boomer” generation is retiring.
They claim President Obama was weak on national security; meanwhile, because of his policy changes following the disastrous Bush administration, we were finally able to find and kill Osama bin Ladin. Could you imagine the over-the-top celebrations we would have seen from Republicans had a conservative president ordered the successful killing of the mastermind behind the 9/11 attack?
Then there’s ISIS, a group of terrorists that only exist because of Bush’s incompetence, that Republicans now insist is “Obama’s fault.” The truth of the matter is, when Bush removed Saddam Hussein from power, it triggered a ripple effect that led to the destabilization of the entire region. Then when Bush, not Obama, signed the SOFA agreement in 2008 setting the date for the removal of all U.S. troops from Iraq (a move Dick Cheney said was a sign of the “success” of the Iraq War), that’s exactly what ISIS wanted to happen.
But to hear most conservatives talk, they seem to think it was President Obama who ordered all troops to be removed from Iraq. Then again, why would conservatives know the truth about any of that – the right-wing media never tells them the truth about any of it.
But even going beyond basic facts, there are the ridiculous conspiracies they’ve perpetuated over the years – none of which have been true:
- There’s been no gun confiscation.
- The Affordable Care Act doesn’t have “death panels.”
- Obama’s birth certificate is real.
- He hasn’t used FEMA to round up Americans into concentration camps.
- He’s not a Muslim.
- He’s not planning to run for a third term.
- He never declared himself “king.”
- He never attended Harvard of Columbia under the name Barry Soetoro.
- He never “ordered” his college transcripts sealed (they’re legally required to be sealed by all schools).
The list goes on and on. I’ve probably forgotten more absurd conservative conspiracies about President Obama than I can remember. And none of them – not a single one – were remotely true. Sadly, there are still millions of conservatives who believe this idiocy.
What all of this really boils down to is Republicans know how successful President Obama has been. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be any reason to make up all the lies and conspiracies that they have. But since this president was so successful, the only choice Republicans had was to make conservatives so irrationally afraid of him that they would believe whatever drivel they can come up with. Which is exactly what happened.
As I said earlier, if the truth about this president is so terrible, why have Republicans spend Obama’s entire presidency lying about him?