Bill O’Reilly, You’re Wrong…

Recently, Bill O’Reilly commented on the gaffe by Vice President Biden who told an audience in Virginia that the Republicans want to put “y’all back in chains” and the ad which showed a Paul Ryan look-alike throwing a grandma off a cliff.  In both cases, Bill concluded that no one, regardless of their extreme ideology, could believe Republicans want to enslave people or throw old people off a cliff.

I looked at my husband and said, “I’m sure there are people who believe just that.”

Well, the following day, I was going through my Facebook newsfeed (if that’s what it’s actually called) and came across an entry from one of my “friends.”  Now, this gal is a young woman, whom I’ve known for many years; she’s very well educated and a therapist.  She probably considers herself a liberal.  I know she’s not a Republican.

On her FB page, she ranted about Mrs. Romney and how stupid she was and that she could be the First Lady of the United States and look what she’s saying and look at the way she thinks, blah, blah, blah, and she included a link to a speech purportedly made by Mrs. Romney.  So, I was very curious to know exactly what Mrs. Romney said that could raise the ire of an otherwise bright, thoughtful young lady.

So I went on the website and went right to the quote:

“At a meeting with the ‘Moms For Mitt’ group yesterday outside Philadelphia, PA, Ann Romney was asked her opinion on Lilly Ledbetter and equal pay for equal work regarding women’s employment. Without hesitation she responded with another question that seemed to shock even the most staunch conservatives in the room.

‘Why should women be paid equal to men? Men have been in the working world a lot longer and deserve to be paid at a higher rate. Heck, I’m a working mom and I’m not paid a dime. I depend on my husband to provide for me and my family, as should most women… and if a woman does work, she should be happy just to be out there in the working world and quit complaining that she’s not making as much as her male counterparts. I mean really, all this wanting to be equal nonsense is going to be detrimental to the future of women everywhere. Who’s going to want to hire a woman, or for that matter, even marry a woman who thinks she is the same, if not better than a man at any job. It’s almost laughable. C’mon now ladies, are you with me on this?’”

Before I go on, there’s something you have to know about me.  I’m probably one of the most literal people you’ll ever meet.  I’ve been like this since I was a kid.  When I was 6 years old, I heard my mother tell her sister on the phone (numerous times), “I’ll give you a ring next week,” I honestly didn’t know why my mother was always giving my aunt jewelry.  Seriously.

But, even being as literal as I am, I read this “quote” by Mrs. Romney and said to myself, “This is ridiculous; this isn’t real.”  So, I scrolled up to the name of the website and here’s what it says:  “News That’s Almost Reliable.”  Obviously it’s a satiric website and it would be obvious to anyone who read the titles of its recent posts.  Just to be sure (because I always check and double-check my facts), it took me another 30 seconds to “snopes” it to confirm that the whole thing was false.

So, not only did my “friend” think this was real (she removed the rant after I wrote and told her the story was false), but if you have any doubt how incredibly gullible some people are, please read the comments on thewebsite.  It’s mind-boggling how people will believe just about anything.

So that’s why I disagree wholeheartedly with Bill O’Reilly on this one.  There are people who will believe just about anything if it fits their ideological make-up.  Clearly, those who don’t like Mitt Romney or his wife will believe that he wants to enslave people and keep women out of the workplace and that his Vice Presidential running mate will be very happy to push old ladies in wheelchairs off of cliffs if they’re elected.

I don’t get it but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • Bianca

    There is a huge difference between believing that Ryan wants to throw grandma and her wheelchair off a cliff and falling for this faux speech of Anne Romney’s. I remember women saying these exact things for years! That’s what make these faux news stories so insidious – the familiar quotes trigger a sense of recognition. And, yes, there are gullible people of all stripes. Speaking of stripes, I am sick to death of this us vs. them nonsense, Liberal OR Conservative. I know plenty of people who are socially liberal AND fiscally conservative. So many Republicans I know are concerned with two main issues: big government and runaway taxation, and aren’t interested at all in legislating social issues.

  • Chief98110

    It is amazing what intelligent people will believe. I realize that so
    many of my friends and acquaintances believe that Republicans are equal
    to devil worshipers. Yet, I look at the way they live and they all live
    conservative lives. They watch their costs and manage their money. They
    hate waste and work hard for their families. When I say to them you
    look a lot like a conservative, they react like I insulted them. I just
    don’t understand their thinking.
    Yet, they believe all the stupid
    stuff the media puts out about how Republicans what to bring back
    slavery and crucifixion. Republicans need a makeover.

  • Wheels55

    This is very true. Firstly, not everyone has the time to research issues and quotes to see the truth. Secondly, not everyone understands what they hear and read the same way. This weekend, I just had a conversation with my very smart and liberal friend. We usually mix it up a little. But when I asked him if he is comfortable with the mistruths that Obama and his supporters are putting out there, I was floored when he said that there wasn’t any of that on the Demo side, but he thinks Romney lies all of the time. I could only respond by saying that he owes it to himself to catch up on the garbage thrown out there lately and to see what the liberal media is even saying about these lies.

  • Jeffreydan

    “There are people who will believe just about anything if it fits their ideological make-up.”

      It’s sad but true, and I’m no exception.  You know, I actually believed it when I heard Obama felt comfortable around terrorists and bigot preachers.

  • Roger Ward

    People believe what they’re inclined to believe — even when that belief is demonstrably false.  Obama’s campaign people know this and have made good use of many Americans’ lack of critical thinking to advance Obama’s cause, unhampered by any need to tell the truth.  

    The views of Republicans are generally formed by thoughtful observation and a wish for small(er) government.  The views of Democrats are generally determined by their “feelings” and a wish for bigger government.

    As long as half of the electorate votes their “feelings” it is nearly impossible for the other half to bring us back to what made this country great.

    Yes, O’Reilly got it wrong when he assumed that Democrats could see through the lies and chicanery that this election has brought.

    • Ron F

      Roger, I agree with you about Democrats.  I do not agree with you about Republicans.  I think there is a lack of critical thinking on both sides and the Republican party has only given lip service to smaller governmnent.  There was one statistic that showed the vast majority of the debt was incurred in Republican administrations until this administration.  The debt nearly doubled under George W. Bush’s administration and he had a majority in the house for 6 years and in the senate for 4 years.  The forwarded emails I receive from Republicans about President Obama do not show critical thinking.

  • Bruce A.

    My grandmother was a diehard Democrat & did believe that she would be thrown off Social Security if the Republicans took over.  Despite numerous assurances that it  was a lie.  She finally stopped after my brother & I assured her that if she needed money we would visit every bar in Scranton PA & write her name & number on every mens room wall.

  • Artlouis

    I have warned my grandmother that if Ryan telephones and wants to pay a campaign visit to her home, she should make some excuse. Probably no real danger, but why take chances and then have to kick yourself afterward?  By the way, does the wheelchair go over the cliff too? Just budgeting ahead.

  • Ron F.

    The fact that someone repeats something from the internet does not mean anyone believes that Republicans want to bring back slavery.  On the other hand I receive and average 4 – 5 emails a week forwarding, “confirmed by Snopes” emails about President Obama that are absolutely false.  Everything from his views about the flag, national prayer day and I must have received the same false email 20 times about Justice Kagen and her representation of President Obama.  It just seems to me that people do not check information that they receive and to make things worse, there is very little honesty or complete truth coming from the campaigns.