Republicans Believe Their Fantasy-World

At first it seemed a bit amusing that Republicans were dubious about climate change and global warming. Conservatives, after all, do resist change. That’s the nature of being conservative.

Now, however, the amusement is no longer funny.

After last night’s presidential debate, Huffington Post spoke with Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R- Tenn), who is the vice chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, obviously a position requiring a knowledgeable person. Here is what she said: “I do not believe in climate change. I think the Earth is in a cooling trend. It is not in a warming trend.”

The Post added, “Reminded that nine of the hottest years in the history of the planet have been recorded in the past decade, the Tennessee lawmaker once again insisted, ‘We have also seen the past 10 years a little bit of a cooling.’” Sure, I get it: the world is getting warmer and cooler simultaneously. Sure.

It is not just trump but most of the Republican party that seems to have fallen into a hole and emerged in a fantasy world that is severed from reality. They have started to believe their own lies, to dwell in their fantasy-world.

Were they not in positions of power and responsibility, I would simply pity them for their mental illness. That is not an appropriate response, however, when in fact they must be held accountable for their views and their decisions. The only apt response is anger: They are being inexcusably and dangerously irresponsible.

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About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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2 Responses to Republicans Believe Their Fantasy-World

  1. phaezoa says:

    I agree and found her website and advised her that in light of her comments about global warming and climate change in the face of scientific and meteorological proof I fear that her choosing to lead by opinion vs fact is dangerous and distressing.

    • mthayes42 says:

      Well said. Here’s the problem: The Republicans have hardened their “principles” into blind dogma, against which common sense and rationality are powerless. See my blog entries on Bonhoeffer’s comments about stupidity, which he said is impossible to confront effectively.

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