Posts tagged ‘Republicans’
Just read an article – a great one – on Cosmos. The link is below.
Neil deGrasse Tyson v. the Right: Cosmos, Christians and the Battle for American Science – http://huff.to/1l3Nerk
This is a passage that struck me:
“The scientific consensus about global warming must be untrue, because, as Dr. Innes writes in Left, Right and Christ, the world is “not a glass ornament that we might accidentally destroy… we are not capable of destroying it, whether by nuclear weapons or carbon emissions.”
Just to clear something up:
The Earth itself will be fine. The Earth doesn’t care about its cities; it will keep spinning and orbiting. It’s the humans who are at risk. It’s our way of life that would suffer. The rocky planet will keep going…
Given the the charged question of how prevalent he believes sexism or racism are within the Republican Party, Weicker didn’t flinch.
“Oh, I think it clearly shows… it seems to me when I hear Republicans talking, I hear a lot of sexism, I hear a lot of racism,” Weicker said.
The sun is hot. The sky is blue. The GOP attracts racists and sexists. We know. But thanks for acknowledging it, Weicker.
That’s the first step to fixing it and fixing is what the Republicans need. As you said, they’ve moved really far to the right over the past two decades. I found my views and the Republican views separating about 20 years ago. It started with the environmental issues. Across the board, all Republicans are nearly always voting against environmental protections (or voting to reduce them). But they’ve also gone way (way) too far to the right on race, sex, and religion. It was too far right for me 20 years ago and they’re getting farther and farther away. How many 2008 Republican candidates for the Presidency reject evolution? If it’s greater than ‘zero’, it’s concerning that they weren’t weeded out. (It’s more than zero: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4Cc8t3Zd5E).
I know a fair amount of Tea Party fans who have medical conditions…and they’re quietly whispering that they want the Tea Party Republicans to shut the hell up because they’re thrilled about not being denied coverage. Talk about a vocal minority…it’s the Tea Party Republicans. And people like Palin, Bachmann, Huckabee, and Cruz are just taking it further and further to the right.
So everyone’s talking about the shutdown and everything’s already been said. Still, I feel like just adding my two cents to everyone else’s two cents.
In 2008, Barack Obama ran for president saying he would attempt to implement a healthcare system that required people to insure their kids, required insurance companies to provide insurance coverage despite the discovery of a condition, require businesses of a certain size to offer a plan, etc. And he was elected.
The House passed the law. The Senate passed the law.
Obama ran for president again, this time against a man who’s primary platform was that he would take down Obamacare. And Obama won by 5 million votes.
The Supreme Court affirmed the law is Consitutional.
EVERY branch of government has weighed in on this.
The voters have weighed in on this. Twice.
The Republicans are getting jerked around by a couple of 1st year politicians.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called on the Republican Party to “stop being the stupid party” on Thursday as GOP leaders promised fundamental changes to help stave off future losses.
“We’ve got to stop being the stupid party. It’s time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults,” he said.
So he realizes the stupidity. But – he is telling a group of stupid people to stop being stupid…which might be….well, you know. 🙂
You can’t just tell stupid people to stop being stupid – they don’t realize they’re stupid so they think you’re talking to someone else.
ALL FUN ASIDE:
If you want to stop being the party of stupid, all you have to is stop catering to the views of stupid people.
It’s really this easy: Stop having platforms that get stupid people cheering.
Tennessee lawmakers don’t want teenagers having sex, which is why Sex Education courses in Tennessee public schools teach kids that abstinence is the way to go. Concerned that telling teens to draw the line at sexual intercourse might not be getting the job done, however, the Tennessee State Senate recently voted 28-1 to prohibit Sex-Ed instructors, including any outside individuals or groups invited to address the students, from demonstrating or promoting “gateway sexual activity.”
The law itself is pretty vague about the meaning of “gateway sexual activity,” but the basic idea is that something less may lead to something more, the way some people believe that marijuana use leads to dangerous drugs or a cold beer on a hot afternoon is the first step toward weeklong benders in Tijuana.
I always thought your definition of your political stance stems primarily from your parents. From how they instilled it and taught it, as much as what they taught. Of course, a liberal viewpoint that teaches tolerance of other views is less worried about making sure their kids think/act/vote the same way then a viewpoint that tends to remain conservative and historically less tolerant (no source is needed (sources would be longer than the post)).
But recent research may spread even more light on that. It may be the double whammy of your parental environment combined with the genes handed down by the parents.
It also definitely explains the day and night difference in conservative vs liberal broadcasts. Conservative broadcasts are almost by rule focused on spreading fear. Recently, the policies of Bush and Cheney were frought with motivation through fear. And fear-mongering was a basis for the McCain and Palin campaign.
Life’s Extremes: Democrat vs. Republican
Two of these trends are that liberals tend to have more activity in parts of the brain known as the insula and anterior cingulate cortex. Among other functions, the two regions overlap to an extent by dealing with cognitive conflict, in the insula’s case, while the anterior cingulate cortex helps in processing conflicting information. [10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Brain]
Conservatives, on the other hand, have demonstrated more activity in the amygdala, known as the brain’s “fear center.” “If you see a snake or a picture of a snake, the amygdala will light up — it’s a threat detector,” said Iacoboni.
A study of British subjects earlier this year supported these past imaging studies with measurements of brain structure. The study showed that on average the amygdala is bigger in conservatives, likely indicating greater use of it in neurological processing. In contrast, liberals often possessed larger anterior cingulate cortexes.
Altogether, these findings suggest liberals can more easily tolerate uncertainty, which might be reflected in their shades-of-gray policy positions. In the U.S., those typically include being pro-choice and lenient on illegal immigration.
Conservatives, meanwhile, have a more binary view of threats versus non-threats.
Oh stop…it’s too funny. These “leading candidates for the Republican nomination” are just one hysterical idiot after another. I can’t believe this moron has been in charge of Texas for the past 12 years. Can’t….stop…laughing…
On the less-funny front: People are really supporting these people.
Back to the enjoyment: