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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Following the comprehensive failures of President George W. Bush, conservatives faced a hard choice: rethink or go crazy. For too many, the election of Barack Obama appears to have made it, so to speak, a no-brainer. Millions have chosen the comforts of delusion, envisioning the ordinary give and take of politics in a democracy as an apocalyptic struggle between good and evil.

In a presidential election year, the evidence is everywhere. Two weeks ago, Florida GOP Rep. Allen West told a gathering of constituents that he knew of “78 to 81” congressional Democrats who are members of the Communist Party. Almost needless to say, Allen—who is black, incidentally—failed to name even one. Hardly anybody noticed, and certainly not the “severely conservative” presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney.

Crackpot pronouncements from GOP stalwarts have grown almost too commonplace to remark upon. Just the other day, Romney pretended not to hear a woman in Ohio accuse President Obama of governing outside the constitution. She wanted him tried for treason. Handed an opportunity to appear “presidential,” Romney reacted with the manic unease of a used car salesman fearful of losing a customer.

Meanwhile, speaking of conspiracy theories, a right-wing “think tank” called The Heartland Institute erected a billboard along the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago featuring a portrait of The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.

“I still believe in Global Warming,” it read. “Do you?”

Elsewhere, Heartland’s deep thinkers generously conceded that “not all global warming alarmists are murderers or tyrants.”

Big of them, don’t you think?

Of course, Hitler loved dogs. So I don’t know what that means about dog lovers like me. Could I be a Nazi?

What I do know, however, is that virtually every major scientific organization in the world—ranging from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, to the British Royal Society and the Science Council of Japan—agrees that the atmosphere is warming far in excess of natural variability, and that greenhouse gases caused by burning fossil fuels are the cause.

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  • Mem

    I kind of think we all miss the point when we argue about what is causing global warming. The fact is the atmosphere is heating up. The point is man will have to adapt or die. We must do whatever we can to adapt. If burning less fossil fuel will help, then lets’ burn less by developing new technologies.

    • hubydoll166

      Those who make huge profits dont care what they destroy in the process of making money, as they can afford to buy up all the pristene places left on the planet when they destroy the rest and everybody else will have to live in the decay..there is seriously something wrong with this…its a fact. The children of the 1% wont have to live in the cess pool that corporations create and we sit back and let them pollute and destroy our beautiful planet…we only have one planet…

    • How will the oil companies and Republican party survive without fossil fuel burning vehicles. Why do we have public buses with natural gas and they can’t make cars with natural gas….the things that make you hmmmmmm.

  • jebediah123

    The one thing that will change “non-believers” to “believers” (in global warming) will be a massive USA crop failure caused by drought and heat such as the crop failure in Russia in 2010. Don’t worry, it’ll come about. Imagine what happened in Texas (lakes drying up ,total crop failures) on a national scale.

    Don’t believe in global warming? I’m 72 years old and recall 25 and 30 degrees below zeroin December and January—–this past winter it hit 60 degrees with a rainstorm in January. It was near 80 degrees in March. This is in Milwaukee, WI.

    • hubydoll166

      Texas has the highest incidents of oil plants, chemical plant disasters and deregulation of safety standards…something is blowing up there almost every year and lives are lost while the company pays some small fine..i guess human life has its price…keep deregulating!!!then the GOP and some dems want to limit what compensation can get from these types of neglegance and cut off anyway to get any assistance when they are crippled for life…this is the way the future is going if we dont restore order and common sense.

    • oldtack

      Call it whatever you will but – the jet streams indicate that in the months of June, July, and August the areas from Florida up to southern North Carolina – across ths South through Texas, Oklahoma , Kansas, eastern Nebraskam Iowa, and Illinois will experience below normal moisture during the important growing season.Couple that with a very mild winter and no apprciable snow in the midwest this past winter and it is feasible that we will experience the same thing Russia experienced.

    • montanabill

      OMG, remember the dust bowl in Oklahoma! They had massive crop failures caused by drought and heat. Someone wrote a book about it. Thousands were force to migrate. It has already happened. We are doomed!

      • oldtack

        BS Montana. Get real. The weather patterns are changing now just as they did back in 1933-38. Some want to say than pollution is responsible. I contend it is a natural phenonenon. The same thing that has happened many time in the past eons and will happen again in the future. I was born in the middle of the Dust Bowl time. My Dad was a farmer and we lived through this time. It is not something to make a wise remark about.

        • montanabill

          You obviously missed the irony in my post. You are exactly right about historic changes in atmospheric weather patterns. The earth has gone through all kinds of heating, cooling, wet, dry, and all variations. For us to take a microscopic look at the weather in our own time and make judgments is a bit of an ego trip.

  • EdC

    Why do conservatives choose nuttiness, cause they haven’t let a fact stand in their way. in decades, and now they have no foundation.

  • David Markham

    I am ashamed to know how the greed and corruption in so few power players of our generation has destroyed the planet and the lives of so many,not to mention our children.
    Global warming is too real and the Republican party not only deny it but put propaganda out supporting the lies . It is a sad thing to know how the greed and money of only a few controls the destiny of the complete planet.

  • ckibbey80

    The major fuel companies (oil, gas, and coal) will not let new technologies take hold…it is bad for business. Hydrogen fuel cells would be the way to go as the only byproduct is water, however, it can’t get funded to further lower the cost of production. Why? The fuel companies don’t want or will not permit it.

  • howa4x

    This is not nuttiness, it is a well planned effort by the corporations. They have appointed an army of talking heads to drum the message into people heads. Coulter, Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly, Kruthhammer, Limbugh, all are paid hansomely to constantly erode the credibility of Obama. During the health care march of the wooden sodiers(Tea Party) on the capital and an off camera shot showed a Fox tv employee getting the crownd to yell for the cameras. The tea party itself is the work of former Rep Dick Armey whose corruption was laid bare in the Abramoff scandal. He was a champion of corporate rights over individuals
    The corporations don’t want to spend money on enviormental controls when wall st anaylists are constantly demanding more profits, or face a stock downgrade. The super rich are playing a game to see who can get richer and more powerful. Aren’the Koch brothers rich enough? The mega churches are part of this telling the people that the rise in destructive tornado activity in the mid-west is gods will, and will bring people closer to the rapture. Fox holds itself up as a becon of freedom , but recent revelations in Gb by Murdoch shows its utter lack of morality. Same company here, same result. In the end I blame the people who have lost the ability to think for themselves and will sacrafice their childrens future for their misguided veiws.

  • majong13

    It is quite literally frightening how nuts these conservatives are. Watching Palin, Perry, Herman Cain, Newt, Cheney, Alan West, just to name a few, I feel as if these people are horribly dangerous. They should not be in charge of anything, especially the government. It is sad really that people follow them. I think it shows how uneducated they are.

  • I’m glad we have such wise people like Nancy Pelso who made the statement “Let’s pass this bill so we can find out what is in it.” Can you believe this country became as great as it did without her profound wisdom? Harry Reid believes that seniors feel more connected to their world when they receive junk mail. And you call the republicans crazy? Any fool who believes the republicans are the “evil party of the rich” should check out their facts and find out the truth about the wealthiest members of congress. I’ll give you a hint: It’s not the republicans. Liberalism is still a mental disorder.

    • According to you a person has to be suffering from a mental disorder to have these beliefs.
      ” Liberalism (from the Latin liberalis) is the belief in the importance of liberty and equal rights. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles,but generally liberals support ideas such as constitutionalism, liberal democracy, free and fair elections, human rights,capitalism, and freedom of religion. ”
      What do sane people believe?

  • Gosh I wonder if I could become a member of the TEA PARTY. I have no meaningful education, no scruples, no sense of morality, low self esteem, and I’m functionally illiterate. I like to disrespect anyone who doesn’t believe in creationism or who thinks mankind is contributing to the global warming myth. I believe that all non-white or mixed race people are inferior to me and that only poor people should pay taxes. So am I qualified to join?

    • Aaron Ramirez

      You have all the requirements. All you’ve got to do now is sign a contract promising not to use your brain in any shape or form.

  • venkatwarren

    Very hilarious reading ! My definition of a conservative is someone who bangs his head against the wall hoping to break it so that he can eat all the nuts inside !! Cheers ! Venkat Warren.M.D.

  • joyscarbo

    I think this part of the article says it all….

    “… longtime GOP congressional aide Mike Lofgren wrote last year in explaining his resignation, “the Republican Party is becoming less and less like a traditional political party in a representative democracy and becoming more like an apocalyptic cult, or one of the intensely ideological authoritarian parties of 20th century Europe.”

    When will we see this crap for what it is and get angry enough to demand change that is in step with 21st century thinking???!!