I do A LOT of “discussing” (arguing) of politics with conservatives online (because I’m an idiot), just so you don’t have to! You’re welcome! These are actual things American conservatives, particularly trump followers, believe, even though they are complete and total myths, with ZERO evidence to back them up. In numbers, we’re talking about millions of Americans who believe the following statements are facts, even though they’re completely false:
Illegals vote by the millions in American elections
Here in my home state of Kansas, our Secretary of State KKKris KKKobach has made it his life’s mission to seek out and stop illegal voting in America. He’s the one writing the new strict voter laws for several states. Practically the day trump became president KKKris scurried to Washington D.C. to throw himself at trump’s feet, offering to head up the Voter Fraud Commission, which trump was forced to disband after only a few months. Why? Because KKKris can’t deliver the goods, neither at the national level, nor the state level. He PROMISED he’d identify and punish “thousands” of illegal voters here in Kansas, and being a farm- and meat-packing state, we are home to a fair number.
But what has he found? A total of 9 illegal voters in Kansas, all white and Republican, most of whom own property in both Kansas and Colorado, who double-voted in both places. All of them claimed it was a mistake and they hadn’t even realized they were breaking the law.
A federal judge struck down KKKris’ unconstitutional laws that prevented 30,000 legal Americans from voting in Kansas and ordered him to get legal education that “pertain(s) to federal or Kansas civil rules of procedure or evidence.”
There is not a single study nor legitimate news article out there that states illegals are voting in numbers to sway elections, yet conservatives continue to push this idea as fact, even though they themselves cannot provide the data. And KKKris KKKobach is now the Republican candidate for governor of Kansas, because that’s how ethical the Republican party is these days.
Black Americans get to go to college for free
I am not even kidding about this one, and I really wish I were, because it’s perhaps the most depressing of the conservative myths out there. Ask a conservative. Go ahead. Many will insist black Americans are eligible for free college educations. I honestly don’t even know what else you say about that. It’s incredibly sad, blatantly racist, and frankly, sickening.
Obama stoked racial tensions in America
If you’re an average, somewhat educated, sane American, you understood that Obama occasionally discussing actual causes of racial tensions in America was not “race baiting.” We understood that our president was attempting to address and mitigate the very real issue of racial discrimination. He occasionally asked all of us to address the people and institutions causing very real, physical danger and emotional pain to our fellow black Americans. And how did we know that discrimination was real? Because we could see and hear it on video. See, Obama’s presidency happens to mesh perfectly with the time in our technology when smart phone use became available, then widespread, and finally, by the end of his term, ubiquitous.
Suddenly, black Americans and other Americans of color had real, physical evidence of the abuses they’d been trying to tell white America about FOR EVER. Video after video went viral of black Americans and Hispanic Americans in particular being beaten or killed by police offers. Racists began being outed. People started losing their jobs.
Bizarrely, instead of addressing the actual physical evidence and attempting to remedy the problem, many conservatives chose to take this information personally. (And they call us snowflakes?) So instead of addressing a very real problem we could now all see and hear, they chose to behave as if somehow, it was all a big lie. (Reality, I’ve noticed, is becoming more and more difficult for conservatives to acknowledge.)
Obama’s presidency also coincided with better data collection of police shootings and research into the very real phenomena of black Americans serving more time than white Americans for the exact same crimes.
For a long time, I honestly didn’t even understand what conservatives meant when they insisted Obama engaged in “race baiting.” Then I realized: they didn’t want him to ever mention race. At all. Why? Because it hurt their feelings.
Hillary Clinton is a criminal who should be locked up … but trump isn’t
Look, I will note right up front: I am NOT a Hillary Clinton fan. I respect Hillary. Immensely. She was undoubtedly the most qualified candidate for president in our history. However, I have my own personal doubts about both the Clintons’ integrity. That’s just me.
But if you’re comparing Clinton dirt with trump dirt … there’s no comparison. Trump’s business dealings are openly criminal. He’s so arrogant, he doesn’t even make much effort to cover up his criminality. The Clintons however, are both brilliant lawyers. Which of these people is more likely to be able to stay within the written word of the law?
But for conservatives, just their feeling that the Clintons are criminal is enough for them to chant “lock her up!” even though due process is more American than apple pie.
If the Clintons are guilty of something, by all means, lock them up! Go for it! You’re either for the rule of law in America or you’re not. Psst!!! If you’re for the rule of law for some Americans and not for others, then you’re not really a patriot.
Healthy, nine-month-old babies are routinely aborted
This is a subject I touched on in another post, Abortion Facts Every American Should Know. The fact is that 91% of all abortions take place at 13 weeks or earlier. The remaining 9% are almost always cases in which the fetus isn’t viable or the mother’s health is in danger. There are a few patients who aren’t able to abort until the early 2nd trimester because they have obstacles to getting their abortion: i.e. they aren’t able to gather the funds to pay for it, or they have trouble traveling the distance to get one, because there are increasingly fewer clinics, because of far right-wing laws that unnecessarily target clinics. But past 22 or 24 weeks, abortion is illegal in most states. Very late term abortions in the U.S. are rare, in most states require two physicians to sign-off on, and only for the most unfortunate of circumstances. The families dealing with these circumstances deserve compassion and privacy, not harassment.
How does our country combat these myths? I honestly don’t know. I do wish that American schools would start teaching kids how to identify real, reliable sources of news and information, both media organizations and peer-reviewed studies. Many conservatives I speak to seem to believe that anecdotes from Uncle Zeb, or some random YouTube video, or someone’s blog, constitutes “evidence.” I also wish that American businesses would stop subsidizing right-wing propaganda organizations like Fox News and Breitbart and Rush Limbaugh. But this is America, and if those advertisers can It’s going to have to be up to libtards, I guess, to continue to monitor the right wing media and call out the lies.