The Article Every Liberal Needs To Show a Conservative

BoehnerCriesWhen you’re like me, and I’m assuming there are quite a few, sometimes you hit a point where you can no longer sugarcoat your political arguments.  As you hear the same asinine statements constantly repeated, you just hit a point where you want to stand up and say, “Look you babbling buffoon, let me spell it out for you very simply.”

Now, most times we can’t do this because the person who we’re debating is a friend or relative and we don’t want to be overly rude.

Well, I’ve decided to do it for you.

Here are a few of my simplified responses to the ignorance by many on some key topics being debated in our country (and probably others as well):

*Side note: I’m not going to cover most of the lies against President Obama, I did that previously here.

Gun Rights:

I love when I see Republicans showing off some image of a group of “good ol’ boys” holding shotguns and hunting rifles with some caption like “Want to take our guns? Good luck!”  That or someone holding a handgun with a caption along the lines of “Liberals, come and take this!”

Attention all Fox News Sheeple:

Obama never said he was going to take your hunting rifles or handguns away.  He said he wants universal background checks, a ban on high-capacity magazines and a ban on assault weapons (a ban that every Republican President in the last 30 years, including Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush has supported).

So, when you share these pictures, acting as if you’re “getting at liberal ignorance,” all you’re really doing is spreading an image around the internet that showcases how you–and any other Republican who sees it and thinks “EXACTLY!”–don’t know a damn thing about which you’re speaking.

We’re Out to Preserve the Sanctity of Marriage

Unless you want to make divorce illegal, don’t tell me about same-sex marriage “ruining the sanctity of marriage.”

Divorce did that long ago.

Marriage is a Sacred Bond Before God

Alright you religious radicals, I’ll take you on too.

Let’s assume marriage is a “sacred bond before God”.

First, that would eliminate any government involvement to define marriage.  So your push for a government “ban” on same-sex marriage would be pointless.

Second, there are millions of Christians who support same-sex marriage and many churches that would marry gay couples.  So isn’t that up to that particular congregation?

Or do you feel your congregation should control all others?

Which, if you feel your congregation should control all other religions (and rule every American), isn’t that a GIANT violation of the First Amendment, which gives Americans freedom of (or from) religion?

Then if you feel your religion should control all others, and all Americans, you then support a theocracy and apparently oppose the United States and our Constitutionally protected freedoms.

Because this country was largely founded to prevent, not strengthen, theocratic rule.

Same-sex Marriage overall

Honestly, I’m exhausted with the same-sex marriage “debate.”  There is no debate.

Procreation is not a requirement for the right to marry, nor are those who procreate required to get married.

“Homosexuality is a sin” comes from religion.

The term “traditional marriage” is defined from religious text.

Our country does not establish laws based on religion.

Therefore your “arguments” are invalid.

The end.

Republicans: The Party for Christian Values


If you want to say you’re the party of “Christian values” and you worship Jesus Christ…

Start by helping the sick, the poor, the needy—not opposing programs that do.

Republicans are for Fiscal Responsibility

Not even close.  There hasn’t been a Republican President that’s balanced the budget since Dwight D. Eisenhower, who served from 1953-1961.

Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush all drastically increased our national debt.

Republicans are the Party of Small Government

Big government regulations, they’re un-American!  They’re unconstitutional and ruining your way of life!

Unless that big government regulates:

  • What language to speak
  • Religion to follow
  • When life is created
  • Who can marry
  • Who can serve in the military
  • Invasive health procedures on women
  • That we have prayer in school
  • Mosques aren’t built in certain locations
  • Corporations are people
  • The Patriot Act
  • Unions don’t have rights
  • When alcohol can be sold
  • The requirement of an ID to vote

Then those government regulations are just fine.  How “small government” of you, Republicans!


Abortion is a Constitutionally protected right.  That isn’t debatable.

You might not agree with abortion, you might think it’s murder, you might think life starts at the moment of conception.

It really doesn’t matter.  Abortion is a Constitutionally protected right—end of story.

So when you, and the party that you support, openly attempt to infringe on that right (or outright says they want to end abortion) you’re supporting a stance that violates a Constitutionally protected right.

For more on the overall hypocrisy of the right wing’s “pro-life” stance, check out this in-depth article.

The Debt Ceiling is About More Government Spending

No, it’s not.  The debt ceiling is about our government paying our bills on money we’ve already spent.

But guess what?  Ronald Reagan raised it 18 times and George W. Bush raised it 7 times.

I Want Big Intrusive Government–That Never Does Anything Good–Out of My Life!

Did you drive today?  Did you take your children to public school?  Did you enjoy a safe commute as you traveled thanks to traffic signals and signs?  Did you whisk through your city or state on an Interstate Highway?  Did you enjoy running water and plumbing that properly, and safely, disposes of waste?  Did you get a college degree at a public university because it was much cheaper than a private one?

Hey genius, that’s all government.

Tax Cuts Create Jobs

No, they don’t.  The rich don’t need more tax breaks, they want more tax breaks.

But guess what?  After you give them those breaks, they’ll want even more the next time.  Isn’t that what Republicans are basically saying now?  They had the Bush tax cuts for a decade, but now they want even more tax cuts.

Their argument will always be, no matter the economic climate, they “need” more tax breaks to create jobs.  Good economy?  “Cut our taxes and we’ll create even more jobs.”   Bad economy?  “Cut our taxes and we’ll create jobs and save the economy.”

Tax breaks don’t create jobs, demand creates jobs.

It’s an endless cycle, and it’s why Trickle Down Economics is a failure.

I’m going to stop there.  I’m sure there are more, and one day I’ll probably do another article covering those as well.

But I highly encourage any liberal/progressive/Democrat (or anyone that’s simply sick of right-wing rhetoric) to share this article so that those who’ve driven you to the brink of insanity when discussing these issues can see a simple counter to their Fox News-fed bullshit.

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.

  • openminded_montanan

    Here’s a thought-For the so-called “job creators”. Just like our local economic development organizations who receive their funding tied to jobs created, hold their feet to the fire. Fine them for sending jobs overseas. Make them live up to their false advertising.
    Elect representatives who aren’t either already in their private club or really want to be. Take ownership of our country and our government.

  • Mike

    I’ll add the Republican argument that the free market economy will regulate health care. When was the last time you went shopping for an emergency appendectomy? When was the last time paramedics revived a patient to ask them their preferred hospital or surgeon? When was the last time an accident victim asked a paramedic their ambulance fee or compared it to their competitor (as if they have one)? How often do people even question their doctor’s recommendations?!

  • weezie

    I’m pretty sure abortion isn’t mentioned anywhere in the Constitution. Just because a group of judges interpreted it to be protected, doesn’t mean another group couldn’t come along and legally restrict it. It can still be debated.

  • Tired of the BS

    I can’t tell if this is an anti Neo-conservative article, or and anti-argument article but this persons arguments are just as wrong as the ones being depicted.

    Gun Rights- The second amendment states

    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    The 10th states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

    and the 9th states “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people”

    the irony is the 9th amendment which is what allowed Roe vs Wade to prevail, is it also applies to gun rights.

    Per the constitution we can state it this way: The right to keep and bear arms will not be infringed. As there is no direct right of the Federal Government in the constitution which allows it to control arms, they are not allowed to write laws that give them that power, which would take away from the peoples right.

    But the States can.

    On marriage I will lump them all together -

    Its just about money, while it should be a religious thing, Its about tax breaks and benefits, insurance coverage, and blatant monetary gain, which is ridiculous and should have nothing to do with marriage anyways, take out the monetary benefits, and you won’t here about gay marriage, (yes, gay because PCness is also garbage), there might again be sanctity in it, and it will go back to what its suppose to be.

    Christian Values- I am sure, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Scientologist, Mormon, and all the other non-christian Republicans out there would slap you upside the head for even mentioning, I have never heard a Catholic say I’m christian,

    And your example of not opposing social welfare programs, well how about Socialist pigs like the writer stop supporting the redistribution of funds. Frankly and simply, private soup kitchens, church run hospitals, St. Judes from the Danny Thomas foundation, Shriner’s Hospital and other Freemason run entities all do a much better job, and give much better care than any federally run social program.

    On a Federalist side, you are guaranteed to pursuit of life, liberty and happiness, but no where in the constitution does it say you are guaranteed it. Again:

    The 10th states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

    and the 9th states “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people”

    Therefore it is unconstitutional to even have these programs on the federal level.

    Republicans are for Fiscal Responsibility – not has there been a Democrat, and while people might try to say Clinton did, he never balanced it, and the closest the government got was under Republican Newt Gingrich and his contract with America.

    Republicans are the Party of Small Government

    The authors idiocy is beyond transparent, Small Government refers to Agencies and Entities, not Regulations. but I agree that what was on the list is unconstitutional, so are these agencies:

    Department of Agriculture
    Department of Commerce
    Department of Education
    Department of Energy
    Department of Health and Human Services
    Department of Homeland Security
    Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Department of the Interior
    Department of Justice
    Department of Labor
    Department of Transportation
    Department of Veterans Affairs

    So I guess you have to eliminate not opposing the social welfare programs as they fall under the above departments and are all unconstitutional.


    Abortion is not constitutionally protected, the 9th Amendment was enforced which states:

    9th states “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people”

    At any time any State could put a ban on it, and there is nothing anyone could do.

    The issue with abortion is the ridiculousness of both sides, and here is what should be discussed and stated publically:


    Let’s stop hearing about dead beat dad’s, and seeing special parking for pregnant woman, because, plainly and simply its an independent choice, one the WOMAN made, and it is now her RESPONSIBILTY to bear.

    I Want Big Intrusive Government–That Never Does Anything Good–Out of My Life! –

    Gotta love the examples, because all the things listed by the author’s own debate are unconstitutional (or state and not federally run.)

    Tax Cuts Create Jobs

    There is only one thing to say on this STFU, put a flat tax in place everybody pays the same percentage of there income, eliminate the IRS, and you’ll achieve fairness in taxes. And that’s the only way you will.