Letter: ‘At war with reality and reason’
Thanks to an excellent public school system and hard-working teachers, there really aren’t many profoundly stupid people in America. What we have far too many of, however, are the willfully ignorant. Persons who don’t read much, don’t think much, and are easily led by slogans, lies and propaganda funded by the wealthy and huge corporations. And they now have enormous influence in Washington.
We’re talking about far right conservatives. The Tea Party and their ilk.
They’re dragging what used to be the Republican Party off a cliff into a science- and reality-denying chasm of ignorance. Stupidity is bi-partisan, make no mistake. But how many times have you heard some right-wing politician decry "those Ivy League elites" … or something like the Texas Board of Education buffoon Don McLeroy, when rewriting Texas history books and informed that his view of history was not held by any serious historians, said "someone’s got to stand up to these experts?"
Take any major consensus view of science and experts … global climate change, evolution, whether sexual orientation is a choice … the percentage of deniers amongst conservatives will be twice that, or more, of liberals. The far right is at war with reality and reason. At war with science.
If a thousand mechanics told you that the trouble with your car was the transmission, but three mechanics said it was the differential—and two of those were paid consultants to differential builders—what would you believe? If Fox News or your fundamentalist pastor told you it was the differential, and you’re a Tea Partier, you’d rush right out and get your differential looked at.
And you’d believe that a 20-year-old United Nations study is being used by subversives in Mathews to undermine life, liberty and send us all to internment camps … where black helicopters will circle constantly. Or something like that.
There is no reasoning with these people. Many Tea Party Congressmen advocated for the government to default on our debts. That’s treasonous-level crazy. They believe that cutting government spending during a recession will produce jobs. That cutting taxes on the rich will create economic growth. There’s 30 years of data that disprove these Big Lies … but truth, facts and reality have no place in their self-created worlds. You can’t use facts and reason to change the minds of those who do not use facts and reason to form opinions.
So what to do? Mockery and ridicule are powerful weapons. Which is why I’d like to thank the Gazette-Journal for putting the picture of the "Agenda 21" group on the front page (Aug. 4 issue). We can now recognize these people on the street."
And keep your hopes up, for the truth will bear any inspection.