The Conservative Denial of Reality: A Factual Guide to Annoy Republicans

paulryanrepublicanA line many liberals hear from their conservative counterparts is, “Liberals never use facts.”

Which I find ironic because it’s usually said towards something I’ve written that contains not only facts, but the sources to those facts.  It’s also humorous because often the individuals who say this never provide any kind of facts to counter what’s been said, just the simple statement of, “Liberals never use facts.”

It’s easy to understand why many right-wingers think this—have you seen where they get their “news” from?  Sources such as Fox News that constantly attack the “mainstream media,” which wouldn’t be anything worth mentioning—except they often brag about being America’s most watched cable news channel.

Nothing quite like attacking the mainstream media, then immediately bragging about being at the top of that mountain.  But being the most watched doesn’t mean they’re the best.  In fact, it just shows how controlled conservatives actually are.  They have the highest ratings because conservatives only trust Fox News.  While liberals will watch CBS, MSNBC, ABC, CNN—most Republicans only watch Fox News.

However, Fox News might not be able to make this claim for much longer—their ratings are plummeting.

But if the conservative claim that liberals don’t use facts is true, why is reality often on our side?

Many conservatives say the economy is getting worse, but it’s not.  We’ve created over 6.5 million jobs while Obama has been in office.  Our deficits have been drastically reduced, corporate profits are at their highest levels in years and stocks are at record levels.  If conservatives believe our economy is worse, or there aren’t enough jobs being created, that just means they’re admitting trickle-down economics doesn’t work.

In fact, the 1990′s showed with slightly higher taxes we could reach historic economic growth and balance our budget.  So why now is that suddenly impossible?

Many say Obama has made the United States less safe.  Really?  I could have swore we started 2 wars, and invaded 2 countries, to get Osama bin Laden (at least those are the lies the Bush administration told us)—now he’s dead.  In what realm of reality does killing the world’s most wanted criminal make us “less safe?”  If you want to talk about being “less safe,” the invasion of Iraq did that.  Iraq and Iran were mortal enemies.  Now Iran has a strong, and growing, presence in Iraq—something it never had before.

Let’s not forget those who say Obama is always on vacation and has gone “out of control” with his use of Executive orders.  I’ve already debunked this nonsense.  Truth is, he’s on pace to take fewer vacations, and issue fewer Executive orders, than both George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.

Then there’s always their claim to be the party of “Constitutional values.”  That’s funny, last I checked:

  • The Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) was Constitutionally upheld—they oppose it.
  • Abortion was a Constitutionally protected right—they oppose it.
  • Much of the Arizona immigration law was deemed unconstitutional—they supported that law.
  • The Boston Marathon bombing suspect is an American citizen—they want him handled as an “enemy combatant”, denying him his rights as an American.
  • The Defense Of Marriage Act is based on the religious definition of “traditional marriage”—they support the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, which violates our First Amendment.
  • They were the party which built, and originally passed, the Patriot Act—which has the potential to violate most of our Bill of Rights as it relates to due process.
  • They support stricter voter ID laws—which are being struck down all across the country by courts deeming them unconstitutional.
  • They’ve supported measures which would change the basic qualifications for what constitutes an American citizen—which violates our Fourteenth Amendment.
  • They opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, which had prevented openly gay members of our military from serving—again violating our First Amendment.

How “Constitutional” of them.

And to wrap this up, the myth that Republicans are the party for a fiscally conservative government.  Really?  Quick, name the last Republican President to balance our budget.

Give up?  It was President Eisenhower, who served from 1953-1961.  In fact, let’s take a look at our national debt during the last 3 Republican Presidents:

  • Ronald Reagan 1981-1989: National debt increased from $1 trillion-$3 trillion
  • George H. Bush 1989-1993: National debt increased from $3 trillion-$4.2 trillion
  • George W. Bush 2001-2009: National debt increased from $5.6 trillion-$10.7 trillion

Now, if by fiscally conservative they mean they drastically increase our national debt every time they control the White House—then they’re absolutely right.

The only way Republicans are “fiscally conservative” is when it comes to spending money on the poor.  Then suddenly it’s “money we can’t afford.”  Of course, that’s only until the next tax break for the wealthy comes up for a vote, or they can increase our already bloated defense budget, then suddenly those deficit increases are “vital for the health of our nation.”

So spare me this “liberals don’t believe in facts” nonsense.  Especially when all conservatives seem to have on their side is right-wing rhetoric which almost always contradicts reality.

About Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.

  • Mike

    The Boston Bomber isn’t an American Citizen, he’s a Registered Alien (legal immigrant).

  • agent8699

    As a traditional Republican, reality is sinking in. Mostly due to the assault on public education. What I don’t understand is why Obama supports Arne Duncan, who is selling out to corporations to privatize education? I truly don’t understand. This is creating a greater divide between the social classes. Inner city schools closed, and a higher drop out rate because now children are labeled as failures… it is testing gone mad. I pray our country wakes up and sees the truth.

  • whitecrane123

    Our close friends had 2 children when they were stationed in the Philippine Islands. They lived off base, and the children were born in a hospital in Manila. They are U.S. citizens since both parents are U.S. citiizens. It is the citizenship of a parent that matters…..ask John McCain.

  • MyStory Revealed

    Thanks Donald. I sure wish there were more people like you who DID make a commitment (of any sort) to read and stay informed. It’s nice to be able to have a dialogue and learn from others, without rabid responses, constructed entirely of off-point slurs, insults and ad hominem attacks. I learned something from your post, thank you.

  • Racnad

    Have you ever tried to discuss with a conservative how the Bush administration deceived the public and the world about Iran’s weapons of mass destruction? It’s as if it never happened to them. Until they acknowledge this fact, they have no credibility pointing their fingers at Obama.