Monday, August 12, 2013

What We're Up Against

Quoth a Republican House Science Committee member:

"Just so you'll know, global warming is a total fraud and it's being designed because what you’ve got is you’ve got liberals who get elected at the local level want state government to do the work and let them make the decisions," Rohrabacher said. "Then, at the state level, they want the federal government to do it. And at the federal government, they want to create global government to control all of our lives." 
The friendly town hall audience appeared to agree with Rohrabacher's contention that humans were incapable of changing earth's climate, giving a collective chuckle. The congressman then appeared to make an offhand reference to Agenda 21, a set of UN-created sustainable development recommendations that the tea party and other Republicans have put forth as an example of how the government will use the threat of climate change to seize property and control the lives of its citizens. 
"It's step by step by step, more and bigger control over our lives by higher levels of government. And global warming is that strategy in spades," Rohrabacher said. "Our freedom to make our choices on transportation and everything else? No, that’s gotta be done by a government official who, by the way, probably comes from Nigeria because he’s a UN government official, not a US government official."
Not a guy frothing in a strait jacket. Not a guy on a street corner rambling about end times. A Republican member of the US of A Congressional Committee on Science. Science. Committee. And he's far from the only one. Virtually all of them, Rs, are of the same "mind" set.

I think the reason the friendly-chuckling audience agrees is because the issue is difficult, and solutions would go beyond tax cuts. It's a lot easier to believe it's all just made-up than to face facts. Which is, of course, the pattern ever since Ronald Reagan said tax cuts solve everything, and ignoring problems (like AIDS, for one, in his case) makes them go away. The world has become too complicated, thinking about it too hard and challenging; like a pinball machine pushed too hard, the Republican Party has, en masse, gone into tilt mode.

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