Last year, Amanda Marcotte, writing for Salon.com penned an article entitled, Beyond the war on science; Why the right embraces ignorance as a virtue. In her piece, she not only claims that all Republicans and conservatives are utter imbeciles, but that,
“…for modern Republicans, being downright proud of their ignorance has become a badge of honor, a way to demonstrate loyalty to the right-wing cause while also sticking it to those liberal pinheads who think there’s some kind of value in knowing what they’re talking about before offering an opinion.”
Ms. Marcotte then “proves” how dumb Republicans are by giving an example of a Republican state lawmaker who made a poorly worded, ignorant sounding defense of his bill to ban the use of IUD contraceptive devices. The other proof was that many Republicans don’t believe that humans cause global warming. More on that point later.
The article quotes New York Times writer Ron Susskind, who quoted an official in the George W. Bush administration as saying to Susskind that,
“…guys like me were ‘in what we call the reality-based community,’ which he defined as people who ‘believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality...That’s not the way the world really works anymore,’ he continued. ‘We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.’”
Like so many others on the political left, Ms. Marcotte makes some valid points, but misses the big picture. Neither the Republican political party nor conservatives are engaged in some concerted effort to undermine science or deny reality; our entire society has long ago renounced reality altogether. The quote above from a high government official that the American empire creates its own reality perfectly expresses the arrogance and hubris that infects our government from the president down to your local town code enforcement officer. This mindset is not confined to members of the Republican Party, but is rather the prevailing viewpoint of the Republicrat elite that constitute the ruling class in this country.
Does Ms. Marcotte actually believe that Obama administration officials do not feel exactly the same way? Does she really think that Democrats studiously consider facts before rendering judgment because of their unfailing fealty to the truth? In her article she trots out the obscure Republican lawmaker from Ohio and of course Sarah Palin to prove her case for Republican buffoonery - I’ll give her that. What was lacking from the piece however was demonstrations of the scholarly wisdom and deliberative thought she claims characterizes Democrats; I will help her fill in those blanks:
Congressman Hank Johnson, questioning Admiral Robert Willard about plans to station 8,000 marines on the island of Guam, said, “My fear is that, uh, the whole island, uh, will become so overly populated that it will tip over and, uh, capsize.”
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee believes that the United States won the Vietnam War. She stood on the floor of the House of Representatives and said, “…victory had been achieved. Today we have two Vietnams, side by side, north and south, exchanging and working.” South Vietnam has not existed as a nation state since 1975, when it was conquered by the communist north, but in Congresswoman Jackson-Lee’s world it is a happy place that lives in harmony with its northern neighbor.
Representative Jackson-Lee also believes that America has landed astronauts on Mars. On a 1997 visit to the mission control center for the Mars Pathfinder probe, she asked whether the rover had managed to photograph the American flag planted there by Neil Armstrong.
Representative John Conyers told an audience, “I love these members that get up and say ‘read the bill!’ What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages, and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means?” Nancy Pelosi famously said of the same legislation, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it…”
In April of 2012, as the senate was voting to shovel another $11 billion into the bankrupt US Postal Service, Senator Tom Carper of Delaware announced a scientific plan to save the hopelessly mismanaged agency,
“Five, six years from now, we’re going to have windmill farms off the coast of the United States east coast from North Carolina, Virginia, all the way up to Maine. They could be harvesting the wind, turning that wind into electricity, and you know what? The wind didn’t always blow (sic), but there’s sometimes that it’s gonna blow a lot more than we’re gonna - to generate a lot more electricity than we’re gonna use…(sic) What are we gonna do with that electricity? Well, We’re gonna store it. And where are we gonna store it? Well one of the places is in the batteries of fleets of vehicles. Who has one of the biggest fleets in America? The Postal Service. And a lot of the vehicles in their fleet are like, twenty-five, thirty years old. And we have all these new vehicles coming to the market where (sic) far more energy efficient, to replace those old, some cases dilapidated, vehicles in the Postal Service, and they, the new vehicles with their batteries can literally be a place to receive the electricity, generated on a windy day in the Atlantic, out on the outer continental shelf to store that electricity, and when needed, put it back out on the grid.”
The statists tell us that President Obama is the most brilliant man ever to occupy the Oval Office, yet he believes there are fifty-seven states, Austrian is a language, that America built an “intercontinental railroad,” that Japanese Emperor Hirohito signed the instrument of surrender on the USS Missouri, that Canada has a president, and that the Navy corpsmen who serve as medics with the Marines are “corpse-men.”
Clearly Republicans do not have anything approaching a monopoly on stupidity; it is rampant in the halls of power in Washington, DC. Stupidity is as American as apple pie and obesity. Twenty percent of Americans don’t know that the Earth revolves around the sun; 24 percent don’t know our country gained its independence form Great Britain; less than half of Americans know that electrons are smaller than atoms or that lasers use light waves; 73 percent don’t know what the Cold War was; 44 percent cannot say what the Bill of Rights is; 42 percent of Americans are unable to identify the Taliban - with whom we’ve been waging war for more than a decade; 64 percent can’t name the three branches of government and 35 percent cannot name a single one; and 29 percent cannot even name the current vice president of the United States.
The great irony is that, in terms of political philosophy, it is the left that perpetuates and embraces the denial of reality. It is the left that has taught generations of schoolchildren that there are no right answers and that everyone should be on the honor roll. The left clings to the belief that increased taxation benefits society - despite more than 2000 years of evidence to the contrary. The left believes that Karl Marx dream of communism and total human harmony can be achieved through the application of government force - despite the failure of every socialist government created since he published his manifesto in 1848.
People of all political persuasions are stupid; and the people clever and wealthy enough to get themselves elected to political office are no smarter than the rest of the population. This is the fundamental flaw with the thinking of leftists - which highlights their collective denial of reality; they believe that the government should control every aspect of human existence for the betterment of mankind, yet the government is made up of people from the same population that supposedly needs to be controlled. Frederic Bastiat said it better than I more than a century ago;
“Is there a state apart from the people? Is there a human foresight apart from humanity? …Nothing can be more foolish than to found so many hopes upon the state, which is simply to take for granted the existence of collective science and foresight, after having set out with the assumption of individual imbecility and improvidence.”
In the final and most delicious irony of Ms. Marcotte’s piece, she cites Republicans’ denial of global warming as proof of their contempt for science. Yet man-made global warming (Or climate change as it’s now called, since the weather has taken recent cooling trend) is the most thoroughly and publicly discredited hoax in history. The revelations of the emails from East Anglia University in England laid bare the deliberate fraud perpetrated by the hoaxter professors for all the world to see. Ms. Marcotte also uses the standard line about the ‘decades of scientific research’ that prove the hoax, and the favorite; that global warming is the “consensus” of the scientific community. This consensus is either a deliberate lie (Denial of reality) or breathtaking ignorance. To understand the true consensus - that there is no such thing as anthropogenic (man-made) climate change, see the Oregon Petition, the Leipzig Declaration, and the Heidelberg Appeal, cumulatively bearing the signatures of more than 35,000 climatologists and meteorologists - including 72 Nobel Prize winners - who refute the existence of man-made global warming. Someone looking to weigh all the science with regard to climate change might consider consulting the opinions of Professor Reid Bryson, the “Father of Climatology” and the founding chairman of the meteorology department at the University of Wisconsin (A well-know haven for liberals), who has stated with regard to global warming,
“…there is no credible evidence that it is due to mankind and carbon dioxide. We've been coming out of a Little Ice Age for 300 years...It's been warming up for a long time.”
You can read about 129 documented scandals illustrating the fraud and hypocrisy of the global warming alarmists here. Entire books have been written debunking the man-made climate change hoax. I will concede that Ms. Marcotte could offer as many opposing reports, statements and books, but the conclusion to be drawn by anyone who claims to be loyal to their faculty of human reason, is that there is nothing remotely like a scientific consensus about human contributions to climate change.
It is precisely because of their denial of reality that leftists are so angry and filled with hate. While they stomp their feet and shake their fists at the greedy energy companies, one-percenters, and profess their heartfelt, if misinformed concern for clean water and air, reality exists all around them. The reality is this; for all their hatred of the producers of this world, leftists can never allow themselves to think of what would happen to them without such people. They cannot for one moment permit themselves to be consciously aware of the fact that if the evil, greedy, robber barons of the energy industry stopped providing fuel, they would be dead in a matter of weeks, or that they are fed, entertained, transported, and clothed by money-grubbing capitalists. Reality exists; neither Barack Obama, nor his friends at Solyndra can make a solar panel that can keep them alive in the winter, propel an airliner into the sky, or even move their car a few miles to an Occupy rally. That nagging feeling that causes them to be so angry all the time is rooted in the contradictions they hold in their minds, and their constant exertion to deny that reality.
Liberal author Jonathan Haidt, wrote an outstanding book on the subject of human reasoning and why liberals and conservatives differ so bitterly. In The Righteous Mind; Why Good People Are Divided By Politics And Religion, Haidt postulates that human reasoning evolved primarily to create justifications for the thoughts and actions generated by our subconscious brains. This theory has been supported by a host of scientific research, and explains the tendency of all humans to seek out evidence that supports our preferred set of beliefs, and disregard those that cast doubt upon our intellectual and political sacred cows. A Washington Post column described this same phenomenon brilliantly; “…people use data like drunks use lampposts; more for support than illumination.”
This condition is not exclusive to leftists however; it is the prevailing condition of our entire society. Most Americans have deliberately unfocused minds that allow them to hold contradictory thoughts. For the majority, it is simply a mechanism to escape responsibility for their own actions. For those who profess political opinions, it’s a personal defense mechanism and a means to advance their agenda or increase their power. Whether it’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama ordering worldwide drone assassinations from his personal “Kill-List,” or conservative George W. Bush signing No Child Left Behind legislation and ordering illegal surveillance of his own citizens, intellectual dishonesty and dismissal of contrary evidence are traits all of our Republicrat rulers share.
Daniel Webster said it best,
“There are men, in all ages, who mean to exercise power usefully; but who mean to exercise it. They mean to govern well; but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters; but they mean to be masters. They think there need be but little restraint upon themselves. Their notion of the public interest is apt to be quite closely connected with their own exercise of authority. They may not, indeed, always understand their own motives. The love of power may sink too deep in their own hearts even for their own scrutiny, and may pass with themselves for mere patriotism and benevolence.”
A long as we collectively refuse to engage in honest debate and adhere to intellectual honesty and acknowledgement of reality - the simple notion put forward by Aristotle that “A is A” - we will all be condemned to perpetual and increasingly tyrannical rule under the heel of the Republicrat ruling class
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