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Have you ever received a political chain email from a liberal point of view?

Asked by augustlan (47381points) August 23rd, 2011

A friend and I were discussing those chain emails people send, when it occurred to me that I’ve never even seen one espousing a liberal point of view, only conservative (obviously, I’m only talking about the political ones… I get plenty of neutral, non-political silliness, too). Is my experience an anomaly, or is this true for you guys, too? If so, why do you think this is? If you have gotten one, please post an example. Thanks!

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tom_g's avatar


I have disowned anyone who has ever forwarded me a chain email.

Kayak8's avatar

I think that if I receive something that agrees with my point of view, I tend to see it as neutral. I think of NPR as neutral, but some of my conservative relatives think it is very far left. Could be you are getting left-leaning mail, but it agrees with your own point of view, so you perceive it as neutral or only slightly liberal.

augustlan's avatar

I do get left-leaning stuff posted on my Facebook wall, but never in emails from friends or relatives. It’s weird.

Brian1946's avatar

Nope, all I’ve gotten in that regard, are just lots of online petitions from various environmental and progressive groups.

About the only chains I’ve received were the occasional ones my wife used to forward to me from her union (UTLA). Those that were political, were without any succinctly identifiable lateral polarity.

JLeslie's avatar

No. I have had left leaning political jokes sent to me, but very few of those even. I once posted one on fluther because someone asked me to when I mentioned it and some people were kind of pissed if I remember correctly. No surprise. It was the joke about the red states and the blue states. When I get email forwards from liberals they are usually informative articles from a respected periodical. But, maybe the right wingers think their emails are respectable and from reliable sources in their minds? When I get one of those right wing, totally ridiculous emails, I sometimes shoot back the link to the actual government site that explains the actual pension benefits the congressmen receive, or the link to snopes with what was found by them, or whatever is relevant to counter whatever they are claiming, but mostly I just hit delete.

Nullo's avatar

As flash mobs are a Leftist sort of thing to do, so chain letters seem to appeal to the Right.

tom_g's avatar

@Nullo: “As flash mobs are a Leftist sort of thing to do”


JLeslie's avatar

Flash mobs are leftist? Never knew this stereotype before. Is that really a stereotype out there?

incendiary_dan's avatar

Come to think of it, I’ve never received a political chain email, period.

Hibernate's avatar

Yeah but like all chain letter I receive I just deleted them [or throw them away if they are on paper].

syz's avatar

<laughing> Flash mobs? Really? With the pop music and the dancing? There’s a message in there?

And the only chain mails that I get are from a less-than-well-informed relative, to which I usually respond with a rebuttal.

wundayatta's avatar

You know how it is. Conservatives dislike anything where more than three people get together and dance. It’s all, like, drugs and seditious propaganda and it’s downright anti-American. Next time conservatives get in power, you can be sure that flash mobs will be outlawed, and if that doesn’t work, they take away cell phones for everyone between the ages of 15 and 19. Oh. And mandatory lockdown. Send those kids to church. They should be praying instead of mobbing.


Blackberry's avatar

I wouldn’t consider it liberal, this went around on facebook:
Remember when teachers, public employees, planned parenthood, NPR and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half our 401ks, took trillions in taxpayer-funded bailouts, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses and paid no taxes? Yeah…me neither, pass it on.

SuperMouse's avatar

I have never once, not a single time received any kind of chain email message that comes from a liberal perspective.

AmWiser's avatar

I get emails from a political party but since it’s not my preferred party I delete it without reading the contents.

MissCapri's avatar

I’ve seen liberal chain letters on some sites, including a liberal Facebook status chain. Also, received some in the past, from animal rights people, passing on “action alerts” or email petitions from SPCAs etc. trying to get laws passed to better protect some animal or other. They don’t call it chain letters, but that’s exactly what they are. Mostly it’s conservative, even far-right chain letters and it’s annoying as heck. Try telling them to stop with the stupid chain letters because it just makes everybody on the non-left look bad, but do they listen? No! One conservative site even warned against sending bogus far-right chain letters, and then what did they go do not three posts later? Reblog the latest most ridiculous Obamaphobic far-right chain letter. I screamed. But, yes, there are liberal chain letters, certainly all the viral jokes count as chain letters.

wilma's avatar

I’ve gotten them from both conservative and liberal perspectives.

TexasDude's avatar

Back in the day, when I was a member of democratic-underground, I’d get them all the time. “Join Dennis Kucinich in the fight against Bush’s Nazi Xtian theocracy” and stuff like that.

Chain letters are so 1996 no matter what political persuasion tickles your fancy. They really should go the way of the animated .gif, the midi background music, and the dodo bird.

JLeslie's avatar

Let’s start the next right wing one…Obama is President and God is angry. Earthquake hits just south of DC and hurricane on the way.

Nullo's avatar

Oh, there needn’t be any message, just that it’s been my experience that participants tend to be more leftwards than me.

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Hey, don’t go hatin’ on the animated .gif! :D

martianspringtime's avatar

I’ve seen both liberal and conservative, and a lot of general Bush-bashing (when he was in power) which I wouldn’t really classify as either.

TexasDude's avatar

@martianspringtime good point. The type of political chain letter seems to depend on who is in office. When Bush was in, it was “herp derp, he’s a Nazi” and now with Obama it’s “herp derp, he’s a Commie.”

Politics, lol.

augustlan's avatar

To be more clear, I have received liberal jokes and party ‘official’ “support this petition” type of things. What I’m really talking about are things like this list, that was posted on the internet, but never made its way to my inbox. (I found it just now, searching for chain emails about Bush.) But I’ve gotten a ton of those things about Obama, or even Clinton. I’ve also gotten plenty of things like “Don’t take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance/School/the country”, or rants about saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”, all with vast lists of email addresses attached. Most especially, I’m talking about emails full of lies or half-truths, designed to make one angry or scared.

By far, my email address book is dominated by liberal friends and acquaintances, so you’d think I’d get one from them every now and again, but I don’t.

GracieT's avatar

@JLeslie, you WERE kidding, correct?

TexasDude's avatar

@GracieT your sarcasm detector needs a tune up.

JLeslie's avatar

@GracieT Kidding about starting the next chain email, yes I was kidding. Kidding that there was an earthquake in DC and the hurricane is heading towards DC, that is all true.

GracieT's avatar

I meant about the earthquake, because I hadn’t really heard about it until after I read your answer- I was inside getting my nails and hair done, and when I left I’d only heard that there was one.

JLeslie's avatar

@GracieT I figured maybe you caught the sarcasm and was wondering about the facts within my statement.

laureth's avatar

I haven’t gotten liberal chain mails, but I have gotten “send to your friends!” stuff from MoveOn or environmental causes.

Perhaps we just aren’t as moved by fact-challenged dog whistle fluff, because herding us is more like herding cats. On the other hand, that means it’s harder for us liberals to “get out the vote.”

Aethelflaed's avatar

No, but I also don’t get conservative chain letters (thank God for small families, amiright?). I do, however, get “your boyfriend will dump you if you don’t send kind thoughts to this poor cancer-ridden puppy and forward this to at least 10 people” chain emails.

Pheasant's avatar

All the time. I never got one from a Conservative point of view, though.

JLeslie's avatar

@Pheasant What do these liberal chain mails say?

Pheasant's avatar

@JLeslie To vote for Obama and the reason why.

JLeslie's avatar

@Pheasant That’s what they all talk about? The many you get? Do the emails have lies amd propoganda in them?

Pheasant's avatar

@JLeslie In 2008, my e-mail and regular post office box was filled with Obama propoganda. Got many calls about him, too. Lies? A lot. I’m still waiting for the promise to be kept about being able to take $10,000 from your IRA early with no penalties. That was a common theme in all the junk mail, the many trees killed in the making of all those fliers, received.

We have a local election this Tuesday. Again, my mailbox is filled with lies about the incumbant.

JLeslie's avatar

@Pheasant Mail by pony express is not chain emails.

TexasDude's avatar

@JLeslie wrong.
And why would it matter if it wasn’t, anyway? It’s the same idea.

JLeslie's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard I know there can be chain mail, regular pony express mail, bit the original question is about chain emails. The kind of thing @Pheasant seemed to be talking about what stuffed sent out by various groups, I am sure some is propoganda, but I doubt it is his friends making copies and mailing to all their friends, like what I think of as a classic chain scenereo. The Republican emails I see are friends of mine forwarding total bullshit usually, and forwarding is basically like the old chain mail back in the day when friends passed on a message. Direct mail propoganda from a group stops dead if my friends tear it up and throw it out, or if the delete and don’t forward.

Anyway, my questions to @Pheasant were not because I don’t believe him, it was my curiosity of what he had been receiving, because most of us have not seen much left wing chain emails.

laureth's avatar

I found this article today and just had to share. ;)

augustlan's avatar

Here’s the latest conservative one I got, sent to the Fluther feedback email account, of all places. Most of this sounds highly unlikely to me, but is presented as fact. Can someone vet this for truth? – Auggie


Yes, he told us in advance what he planned to do. Few were listening.

The following is a narrative taken from a 2008 Sunday morning televised “Meet The Press’.

From Sunday’s 07 Sept. 2008 11:48:04 EST, Televised “Meet the Press” THE THEN Senator Obama was asked about his stance on the American Flag.

General Bill Ginn’ USAF (ret.) asked Obama to explain WHY he doesn’t follow protocol when the National Anthem is played.

The General stated to Obama that according to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171…

During rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present (except those in uniform) are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Or, at the very least, “Stand and Face It”.


‘Senator’ Obama replied:

“As I’ve said about the flag pin, I don’t want to be perceived as taking sides”. “There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression..” “The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of thing.”


Obama continued: “The National Anthem should be ‘swapped’ for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song ‘I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing’. If that were our anthem, then, I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as ‘redesign’ our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It’s my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of waring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails – - – perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments….”

When I become President, I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. We as a Nation, have placed upon the nations of Islam, an unfair injustice which is WHY my wife disrespects the Flag and she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past”.

“Of course now, I have found myself about to become the President of the United States and I have put my hatred aside. I will use my power to bring CHANGE to this Nation, and offer the people a new path..My wife and I look forward to becoming our Country’s First black Family. Indeed, CHANGE is about to overwhelm the United States of America ”

WHAAAAAAAT, in the World is that???

Yes, you read it right.

I, for one, am speechless!!!

Dale Lindsborg , Washington Post


JLeslie's avatar

@augustlan Yeah, that is bullshit. Here is the snopes.

I don’t even think Obama was on Meet the Press that day? Unless I am missing something on the transcript.

laureth's avatar

There’s also this site: It’s not my site and I don’t know who runs it, but it’s fulla that stuff.

augustlan's avatar

@JLeslie I figured, but thanks for finding the snopes link. I replied to the email, and gave them the link. Wonder if they’ll even read it?

JLeslie's avatar

@augustlan I think a lot of those people don’t believe snopes and other sites that look at truths and falsehoods in politics.

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