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I am getting weary of repeatedly re-acquainting my Republican friends with why they are wrong. Each new argument requires listening politely to the latest wignuttery, then identifying the fallacies and tearing up the faith-based evidence. So to simplify matters, I've started to collect talking points on how Republicans memes are ridiculous. Please check these out, then add your own

National Debt: Bush inherited an annual surplus, ran up $5 trillion dollars of debt and left Obama a $1B annual deficit, so clearly Obama and the Democrats are the fiscally irresponsible ones

Patriotism: Criticizing the planned invasion of Iraq was unpatriotic, but Governors calling for secession is no big deal

Economic policy: Obama's economic program has already failed because we have 9.7% unemployment after 8 months in office (even though it was still Jimmy Carter's fault when unemployment hit 9.7% under Ronald Reagan after he was in office for 28 months)

Rule of Law: Presidential perjury in a civil case to avoid political embarrassment over sexual conduct is a high crime and misdemeanor worthy of impeachment, but it's no big deal to violate the oath of office to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States by acknowledged law-breaking and ordering acts that are defined as war crimes under treaties that the U.S. has signed.

Respect for the Presidency: The consistent barrage of attacks on Obama (birthers, deathers, prayers for his death) are fine because they are just free speech (just as carrying guns firearms to his public events is a Second Amendment right).  In contrast, critics of Bush were considered to be afflicted with "Bush Hate Syndrome". For example, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks made the following 16 word comment at a concert: "we don't want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas" and Republicans were so outraged that they started boycotts and succeeding in getting the Dixie Chicks banned from the airwaves. To get a sense how out-of-proportion this response was, could you imagine the Democratic response today to a Republican saying "We don't want this health care plan, this government waste, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Illinois"? These would be among the most civil comments that a Republican has made about Obama's health care plans -- not a cause for boycotts and banning.

Originally posted to Greg306 on Sat Sep 05, 2009 at 03:14 PM PDT.

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