The Republican controlled Senate voted 50-49 that climate change is not caused by humans. These people are the modern day version of those that persecuted Galileo for saying that the earth went around the sun. Unfortunately for us, these climate deniers’ folly is going to doom a lot of people around the globe. Their ignorance will destroy lives. It is easy to look back at history in disbelief at people believing that the sun revolved around the earth. But that same kind of mindset is with us now. It is created by the same thing: Power that does not want to be challenged. The church didn’t want their authoritarian power being challenged. Today it is the fossil fuel companies who don’t want their power to make money to be challenged. The politicians that voted that climate change was not caused by humans derive their power from the fossil fuel companies. They are bought and paid for. Every major scientific institution has made the case for human caused climate change. The facts are not up in the air, they are just inconvenient to some of those that have a great deal of power. One day they will look as foolish as the church of Galileo’s time does now. Hopefully there will be a civilization around that can afford to laugh at them.
I can’t say that I am either surprised or euphoric at the fact Hillary Clinton has declared to run for President. We have all known that this was coming for some time. Hillary is competent, far more so than the goons running for the Republicans. But as long as she has been in the public eye, I have no true sense of what she believes. If you know American history, one will see that Bill was too often willing to sell out the working and middle class. Like Reagan and Bush before him, and like W. after him, he took steps that helped lead to the financial meltdown of 2008. In many ways he was a conservative democrat. Hillary, if entrusted with power, may be different, but there is no way to know that until she is entrusted with that power. I am still hoping that Elizabeth Warren runs, though I am willing to listen to what Hillary has to say. But anyway, any misgivings I may have about her are nullified by the complete insanity of the modern day GOP. If it is between her and any of these flat earthers the Republicans are putting up, I will not only vote for Hillary, but canvass for her.
The fact that someone as vile as Ted Cruz can raise 31 million dollars in one week should trouble us. It seems like everything wrong with U.S. politics in one neat little package. Strange intolerant religious beliefs mixed with right wing paranoia, all playing second fiddle to the true gods of letting multinational corporations run every aspect of our lives.
Strangely, Cruz doesn’t even try to get us to swallow such things with any warmth or charisma. At least he isn’t bullshitting us on that…
I have remarked many times that I do not have cable. Especially with regards to cable news, it is very freeing. No one needs 24 hours of surface news. I have noticed that several republican candidates have declared. I don’t need to watch endless public relations stories about people I don’t intend to vote for, or even people I do. That doesn’t mean that I am championing staying uneducated about what is going on, nor am I claiming that all politicians are the same. I think in a democracy that it is every citizens duty to pay attention to what is going on. But cable news is the kind of thing you turn on for five minutes, hours later you have seen the same five stories a hundred times, and your blood pressure is way higher than when you started. You can spend way less time reading a couple of in depth articles and you will find yourself way more informed. You can spend all of that extra time reading books and actually learning about the world. Or you can do things that you enjoy that actually bring meaning to your life. At the very least you can space out for a couple hours and be far healthier. You won’t be any dumber. So be good to yourself and turn off the TV news.
Right now the U.S. is in danger of the Republican party nullifying our countries historical peace agreement with Iran. If they truly believe in what they are doing they are crazy, if they are just playing politics it might be even worse. If this is just to rob the Obama administration of a huge foreign affairs accomplishment then they are clearly not responsible enough to govern in any way. Too many leaders in that party are in thrall to the military industrial complex. This is an outrage and a disgrace. Many of my friends growing up were Republicans. My grandfather was a Republican. This modern day version, which the Republican leadership represents, have almost nothing in common with the Republicans of the past. What has it come to when the Iranian leadership sounds saner than many of our politicians?
I found the above list over at the Cheat Sheet business section to be interesting. The article itself says that you can’t draw too many conclusions because states on this list often need money to protect the border or for military basis, among other needs. However, I do think it is strange that so many red states appear on this list. Not so much because of what it might say about the character of each state, but because many of these states also demonize the federal government.
Wizard Ted Cruz says that global warming alarmists are the equivalent of flat-earthers. It would be easy to get angry about this, except we already know Cruz is saying this to whip people like myself into a frenzy all while appealing to his know-nothing base. I feel pretty confident that people like Ted Cruz, as harmful as they are, are the exact kind of people that are going to doom the modern Republican Party and its anti-science brigade to the history books. I’m scared about what damage they can do on the way down, but there is no doubt that Ted Cruz and his ilk represent the last gasp of a dying order. People become extreme and rabid when they feel something slipping away forever. Ted Cruz, even though he is appealing to the hoopleheads*, really represents unfettered corporate power combined with religious zealotry. Fortunately for us, in a democracy even such power needs a base to support it and that base is mostly old and white on and on the outs. What’s scary though is that we are running out of time to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. So while Ted Cruz and those he represents will not be with us for long, they just might be able to do enough damage to doom the rest of us and the descendants of the human race for a long time to come. So while I don’t think we need to worry much about Ted Cruz, I think those of us that care need to fight his ideas at every turn.
*Hooplehead: a member of the ignorant masses; an uneducated commoner; an idiot. word popularized by HBO’s Deadwood.