Some people refuse to consider facts after they’ve made up their minds. These people are called conservatives.
Things really really haven’t changed much in politics over the years, except that they have become more virulent with the advent of electronic media. One of the few things Charles Krauthammer has said that I agree with is this: “Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country — and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.”
All politicians lie, or at least they get their facts wrong from time to time. But according to a new study from the nonpartisan Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, Republican politicians are significantly more likely to lie than Democrats http://www.nationalmemo.com/republicans-lie-more-than-democrats-study-finds/. And those who vote for Republican candidates are more prone to believe their lies — confirmation bias. This is because conservatives think conservatively; they are more resistent to change and chalenges to their beliefs, or so the study’s authors say.
Giving credit where credit is due, I borrowed the portion of this post that follows which is in quotes. I borrowed it from a Facebook post that showed up on my news feed. It, in turn, had obviously been borrowed (there’s a lot of this going on in social media these days) from another Internet source; I had to do considerable text and spacing clean ups plus grammar edits before I could use it. Attempting to discover the original source, I did a text string Google search. This led me to http://first-thoughts.org/on/President+Obama/. But the original author’s thought, if in-deed this was the original author, was anonymous. Therefore, my thanks to whomever it was that first put this together. Yours truly provided the reference links checking the liberal facts.
“Conservative: Obama is not an American so he’s not fit to be president.
Liberal: The Supreme Court, and EVERY investigative Congressional body in charge of determining a president’s eligibility, has said that he IS an American… and eligible. http://www.factcheck.org/2011/04/indeed-born-in-the-u-s-a/
Conservative: Well… he’s a socialist and he wants to redistribute the wealth.
Liberal: Taxes have been the way wealth has been redistributed ever since taxes first started in this country — before Obama was even born. Redistribution is a common American practice. http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0005921.html
Conservative: Well… he’s a Muslim and shouldn’t be president.
Liberal: A person’s religion has no bearing on their eligibility for president, according to the Constitution, and in any case – President Obama is a professing believer in Jesus Christ. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/aug/26/18-percent-american-public/obama-muslim-no-hes-not-evidence-has-not-changed/
Conservative: Well… he’s ungodly because he supports a woman’s right to choose and because he supports gay marriage.
Liberal: The Supreme Court ruled that abortion is legal and gay marriage is considered a civil right now in several states… and since he swore before God and men to support and defend the Constitution (not the Bible), he has a legal and moral obligation to support these things. http://www.factcheck.org/2010/04/the-abortion-issue/
Conservative: Well… his Obamacare is gonna destroy America by raising health care costs through the roof.
Liberal: Actually, the states that have accepted the tenants of the Affordable Care Act have seen SIGNIFICANT decreases in health care costs, and costs are going to fall even more as the ACA expands according to the CBO. http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2013/05/24/unexpected-health-insurance-rate-shock-california-obamacare-insurance-exchange-announces-premium-rates/
Conservative: Well… he is exploding the size of government.
Liberal: Actually, the size of government is smaller under Obama than it has been in about 20 years… and it is getting smaller. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/05/business/economy/government-is-getting-smaller-in-the-us-off-the-charts.html?_r=0
Conservative: Well… he has exploded the deficit and spent more money than any other president.
Liberal: Actually, Obama has spent the LEAST of any president since Eisenhower and has already decreased the deficit by about $300 billion and, since the start of fiscal year 2011, President Barack Obama has signed into law approximately $2.4 trillion in deficit reduction for the years 2013 through 2022. http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/01/22/515537/obama-spending-eisenhower/?mobile=nc
Conservative: Well… he’s responsible for a cover up in Benghazi.
Liberal: There was no cover up in Benghazi… So far there have been six Congressional Investigations and none of them have found anything that is even close to a cover up… except some Republicans who changed the talking points in the emails that they accused Obama of changing – In any case, Benghazi was a CIA Outpost… not a state department operation. The CIA had operational jurisdiction… it was THEIR call what went out to the public in the talking points. http://www.politicususa.com/republican-desperation-grows-benghazi-backfires-scandal-talk-fizzles.html
Conservative: Well… he’s responsible for the IRS cover up.
Liberal: Actually, there was no cover up. The State Department has had the IRS under Investigation for their illegal activity since 2012… and the Republican Congressmen who are accusing Obama of a cover up were aware of it because they were Informed in 2012. http://www.politicususa.com/republicans-suggested-irs-cover-up-turns-darrell-issa-knew-2012.html
Conservative: Well… Obama was illegally investigating the media for leaks of Confidential information.
Liberal: Actually, it was the Republican controlled House of Representatives that DEMANDED the investigation into media leaks that were endangering national security, this after accusing Obama of allowing the media to perpetrate the leaks. http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/morning-media-newsfeed-obama-troubled-by-leak-four-bidding-on-hulu-martin-joins-nyt_b83301
Conservative: Well… IMPEACH OBAMA!”
I invite your comments on this post whether you agree with it or not.