Right Wing Talking Points

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Right Wing Talking Points are not designed to be factual or informative. They are solely designed to be easily articulable. The people who develop these points believe first and foremost not only that they are demonstrably smarter than the rest of us, but that the rest of us are stupid.

Take for instance, the “birther” issue.

  • Obama isn’t eligible to be President because he wasn’t born in the United States. First of all, wrong. He was born in Hawaii, August 4th, 1961.
  • But Hawaii wasn’t even a state yet.  Wrong again. Hawaii became a state on August 21st, 1959, almost two full years earlier, and long before that, was annexed as a territory by the US in 1898.
  • Well, I haven’t seen his birth certificate.  So what.  As a general rule, that’s just not something you get to ask a person, but irrespective of that, the state of Hawaii has released his long form birth certificate, and above all else, He’s already president, just let it go.

This narrative easily illustrates my basic point. The likelyhood is, whenever you find yourself repeating a right wing talking point, normally, before you even complete the sentence, you yourself can think of a rebuttal.

What this shows, is as I alluded too earlier, these points aren’t necessarily supposed to be smart, just easy to remember. They don’t think you’ll bother to come up with a rebuttal because you heard the point from Rush Limbaugh or Michael Savage or Sean Hannity or Glen Beck or Lou Dobbs and everybody knows those guys are smart, so they must be right. (Well, not Beck, but you get the point). Not only are they wrong, but let me let you in on a little secret. Rush Limbaugh is not on 600 stations because he’s so popular, Rush Limbaugh is popular because he’s on 600 stations. Repetition is the key. You hear right wing talking points so often that after a while they become the stock answer, no matter how ridiculous they are in nature.

In summary, I’m not saying you’re stupid if you repeat right wing talking points, but, the next time you hear yourself repeating a right wing talking point, you can rest assured that the person who gave you that jewel, in fact, thinks you are stupid.