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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Brief History of Republican Lies

Image result for republican liesRepublicans regularly point out that they are the Party of Lincoln. But the GOP has strayed a long way from the days of Honest Abe.

The ease with which 21st century Republicans spread misinformation, deception and outright lies seems to be part of a strategy aimed squarely at any voter dumb enough to believe in the Bathroom Fairy.

If facts don’t matter to you, the GOP will never disappoint.

But if they do, then you have likely spent countless hours scratching your head and wondering why America doesn’t transfer the entire military budget over to the Department of Education, because it is truly amazing just how much Americans don’t know.

Americans living in a reality-based world still have to give Republicans credit for their outstanding ability to sell bullshit by the truckload.

After all, they have managed to convince thousands, if not millions of voters that rape can be ‘legitimate’, the earth is only 7,000 years old, Jesus wrote the US Constitution, transgender people are lurking in bathrooms waiting to attack your children, and Donald Trump really does love Mexicans.

Lying On Steroids 2008-2016

Over the past 8 years, Republicans have really outdone themselves when it comes to making shit up. 

Let’s start with Barack Obama.

Our un-American President

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Nearly 8 years into the 2-term presidency of Barack Obama, a YouGov/Huffington Post poll showed that 50 percent of those surveyed either didn’t believe or weren’t sure if the President of the United States was a natural born American.

If there were any truth to such claims, one would think that the NSA, CIA, FBI, and/or other investigative government agencies would have turned up some evidence to discredit Obama’s Hawaiian birth certificate before handing over the nuclear codes. No?

Image result for death panel mythConsidering the fact that many Americans are ‘geography challenged,’ it is possible that they think Hawaii is located in another country, or in the case of Barack Obama, another solar system.

Death Panels

In an attempt to frighten Americans into thinking that health care reform was bad, Republicans crawled out from under their piles of mud and began slinging claims that the government was going to create ‘Death Panels’ to kill grandma if she got too sick.

PolitiFact called it ‘The Lie of the Year’ in 2009.

Voter Fraud

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Since it is much easier to win an election if you cheat, Republicans invented the Voter Fraud Epidemic.

This scourge on our land was so horrible, they claimed, it had to be dealt with immediately by purging voter rolls, closing down polling places, cutting back on early voting days, and requiring Voter ID cards — that are almost impossible to get — before being allowed access to a ballot.

In fact, people do not, nor have they ever, lined up in great numbers to cast fraudulent ballots.

Yet, millions of people have fallen for this Great Republican Lie.

What Republicans fear most are the changing demographics of America.

As the number of white voters decreases, their chances of winning elections also decreases, particularly if all eligible voters are allowed access to the polls.

The real problem with voting is that it is getting harder to do, especially in states controlled by Republicans. 

Coincidence? Or well-planned deception?

But Wait, There’s More…

From gun control to abortion, climate change to Social Security, and the real and/or imagined threats of Wall Street and environmental regulations, Republicans have proven that they are the best liars around.

Want more proof? Check out PolitiFact’s ‘Pants on Fire‘ page, and Angie Drobnic Holan’s report in The New York Times, ‘All Politicians Lie. Some More Than Others.’

afterlife coverM.A. Tobin is a political junkie, animal rights advocate, and award-winning writer. She believes that if people can stand on line to buy junk food, they should also be able to stand on line to vote.

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