For the health and benefit of the country, nigh the world, we have to learn (and that means teach, as well) that today’s conservatives just need to be IGNORED, and ridiculed.
They constantly assert their legitimacy in the national debate despite being wrong (you name it they’ve been wrong about it, a short recent list includes Obamacare, hyper-inflation, Iraq, Ebola, stop and frisk, chaos at the borders, my god you name it they’ve been wrong about it for fucking ever!)
Just because it is noteworthy – let’s include fluoride is a Communist plot, interracial marriage is a Communist plot, Social Security, Medicare – all Communist plots! Think that’s just fringe stuff, not mainstream GOP conservative thinking? Ronald Reagan warns against Medicare in 1961 and the right unpacks it as if it’s relevant against Obamacare 50 years later.
As we’ll discuss later climate change is… you guessed it. The absurdity is legion and such absurd beliefs are at the heart of the entire conservative movement today. Everything people need is a threat to FREEDOM. Everything business needs IS FREEDOM.
They constantly assert their legitimacy in the national debate despite being hyperbolic.
They constantly assert their legitimacy in the national debate despite flat out lying about history a brief list of outrageous nonsense: the founding fathers were Christian Conservatives, like them, The New Deal made the Great Depression worse, black people were better off because of slavery, etc. etc. you get the picture.
They constantly assert their legitimacy in the national debate despite being almost maliciously rockheaded in thought and deed or electing rockheads to office (again too numerous, see Tea Party, see Bachman, Gohmert, Steve King, Steve Stockman, Virginia Foxx, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Renee Elmers, an almost endless list of stupid statements, stupid legislation, stupid assertions, stupid reasoning, stupid actions and stupid inactions on local, state and national levels). They’re turning us into a nation of stupid.
They constantly assert their legitimacy in the national debate despite being pigheadedly against science, math and facts (97% of climate scientists around the world are on the take but those in the employ of extraction industries are scrupulously honest).
And this is really the big one because global climate change is by far the biggest, most alarming red lights flashing issue we have ever faced as a species. Their intransigence on this issue is holding worldwide society back from addressing catastrophic changes that will devastate communities in the near term and could make the planet unlivable in the long term. And amazingly, the easy question they cannot answer is “what if you’re wrong?” Their misguided faith in either (a) a deity that wouldn’t allow devastation to happen (“God is up there” – Sen. Imhofe), (b) man’s ability to devise technology to fix it if it does happen, or (c) that it is indeed a complete hoax, a worldwide conspiracy concocted to bring about worldwide socialism (yes, they really believe that), makes them hold their breath and just say “no” to any reasonable, rational action to stay disaster. They are more afraid of any possible economic costs of dealing with the problem rather than the rising seas, acid oceans, droughts, floods, storms, extinctions, etc.
Conservative think tanks make up the entire campaign against global climate change action, create all the talking points to feed to the Right Wing Noise Machine, lobby all the GOP politicians on those talking points. And have cowed the media into diminishing coverage of the issues because it’s “political.”
It’s a breathtaking display of head in the sandism that is absolutely holding us back from the actions we need to take as a society. And only because somehow, someway, they are taken seriously enough despite being consistently WRONG that they get away with their latest boneheaded reasoning and shit flinging outrage.