Right Wing wants to Believe Lies

I realize I might take grief for this from many friends for what I am about to say, as many of my good friends tend to lean right. I can’t stand ignorance. I realize ignorance abounds on both sides of the aisle but I see it more on the right. People want to believe the lies they are fed; people want to believe the President and Democrats are bad people who are out to get them. You can make a valid argument and I will respect it more when you leave lies and exaggeration out of the discussion.

Let’s start by taking a look at one of my favorites: “Obama is always on vacation!” First of all, can you blame him? Who doesn’t like vacation? Second, he’s actually not always on vacation.

In President Obama’s first term, he took 131 vacation days. President’s don’t actually get vacation; the job always goes with them, to paraphrase former first lady Nancy Reagan. The honor of the most vacation days goes to former President Bush, President Obama’s predecessor, who took 1020 days of vacation during his eight years as president. By the way, President Clinton only vacationed 152 days during his two terms as president.

How about this one: “Obama has spent more than all other presidents in history!” Again, wrong. When President Obama took office in January, 2009, the United States national debt was $10.6 trillion. Today, it’s $16.7 trillion. Simple math should allow anyone to see that $6.1 trillion is attributable to President Obama and that’s less than $10.6 trillion. As an aside, that $6.1 trillion includes all of the spending passed by President Bush in his final year in office but which did not take effect until 2009, President Obama’s first year in office.

Finally: “Unemployment is at a record high!” Sorry, wrong again. Under President Obama, the highest unemployment has been is 10% and that was in November, 2009. It’s presently at 7.7%.

“But that doesn’t include all the people who have stopped looking for work!” Finally got one! That is correct. However, the unemployment figures have never included those who aren’t actively searching for employment so the numbers are rather accurate, have been and will continue to be.

Here’s a fun one for you: when President Reagan took office, unemployment was 7.5%. 18 months later, unemployment was 10.8%. A lovely comparison.

Here’s my problem with the above and, again, these lies and exaggeration aren’t just from those on the right, though I tend to find more people on the right are eager to believe the lies. My problem is that these lies become the argument and we can no longer focus on what is important and have an informed and respectful political discussion. Even when someone is presented with undisputed evidence to contradict the lies they so desperately want to believe, they refuse to disbelieve the lies. Republicans want to believe the lies they’ve been fed even though reality doesn’t support them. Republicans and those on the extreme right are creating an alternate reality where math, science and facts don’t matter. And that, my friends, is scary.

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Bryan is the founder of 2 Rights Make a Left. While obtaining his J.D., Bryan researched and wrote extensively on Capital Punishment, an issue that remains close to his heart to this day. He has spent the majority of his adult life involved in politics in some form or another. Bryan spends most of his time reading, writing and discussing all things politics. Bryan loves to travel and, if he had his way, would constantly be jetting off to another destination. The rest of his time is spent following his beloved Bears, Bulls and Cubbies.

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1 Comment Right Wing wants to Believe Lies

  1. Billphoenix5

    I voted for Reagan twice, Bush senior once, Clinton once, Bush “W” once and Obama twice. I have been a registered Democrat, Republican and finally Independent. I suspect there are many like me. I would have voted for McCain had it not been for Sarah Palin. The hatred I see on the right because of the color of our president’s skin and the sound of his name is shockingly embarrassing. I read various blogs on occasion and
    the right wingers are quick with the insulting and abusive name calling. I get emails forwarded to me by my neighbor that is filled with the same lies and exaggerations. Really? What freedoms don’t we have now, that we had when Obama took office. This hatred is sad and unproductive to solving our nations problems.


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