Republicans Deny Science, History, Math and Reality – Then Want Us to Take Them Seriously?

1655473_10152243638377489_709549125_nOnce upon a time I used to have healthy, productive debates with some of my Republican counterparts.  We still rarely agreed on several key issues, but with basic common sense issues (climate change and evolution, for instance) we usually didn’t disagree all that much.

Well, that’s all changed.

The Republican party seems hell-bent and determined to be the party of stupid.

In my opinion, their economic policies have always been based off fantasy rather than reality.  And while I say that’s my “opinion,” facts are also on my side.  It’s pretty much indisputable that since the dawn of trickle-down economics that wealth distribution in this county has become a major problem.

Sure, it’s been great for the rich – they’re wealthier than they’ve ever been before.  But they’ve grown that wealth on the backs of everyone else.  While their wealth soared, the middle class fell further and further behind.

It’s like I’ve said about trickle-down economics plenty of times:

Trickle-down economics: Convincing poor people that they can become rich by giving rich people more money.

But sadly, the Republican denial of economic reality is actually one of the least ridiculous things about them.

It seems Republicans struggle with basic things like dates and history.  I can’t count how many Republicans I’ve met who claim President Obama caused the recession.  I’ve talked to plenty who actually think our economy is worse now than it was five years ago.


Six years ago we were shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs every month.  Now if we create less than 100,000 it’s considered “bad news.”  We’re approaching five straight years of continuous private sector job growth.  The stock market was plummeting toward a low around 6,000.  Now it’s over 17,000.

And if you want to be one of those people who says, “Yeah, but a lot of the jobs are low-paying and wages are stagnant,” that’s fine – but you can’t blame President Obama for that.

Again, the rich are doing great in this country.  Corporate profits are up.  I would say Obama’s economy has done a pretty good job at making sure the rich have the means to “trickle-down” those riches to the rest of us.  Even though Republicans like to ramble on and on about him being a socialist.  Well, if he’s indeed a socialist, he’s one of the worst ones – ever.  Heck, there are a lot of capitalists who would love to follow his kind of “socialism” because it’s been great for capitalism.

All we need is for those “job creators” to start trickling that stuff down.

Oh, that’s right, trickle-down economics is a scam.

Then there’s the new movement where it seems science has become a dirty word to Republicans.  More and more of them are starting to believe that creationism (you know, that belief where the “evidence” is simply saying, “It’s in the Bible!”) is every bit the scientific theory as evolution.

Then there’s the growing conservative theory where millions of these people believe that around 95% of the world’s scientists have concocted this elaborate climate change hoax to continue getting grant money so they can enjoy their lower-middle class lavish lifestyles.

Seriously, that’s why they say scientists have created climate change – to keep grant money flowing in.

Because it’s quite the lavish lifestyle to live for months on end on a ship, in arctic climates, sharing rooms with people who don’t bathe regularly.

This is the way I look at it:

  • It’s real and we must act now to try to save our planet
  • It’s not real, but we should still act as if it’s real because we only have one planet to live on

Honestly, what’s the worse that’s going to happen if we became completely reliant on green energy?  Cities completely powered by the sun and wind?  Homes powered by solar panels?  Cars that run on water?  True energy independence?  Fresher air?  Cleaner water?

The horrors!

And don’t even bring up history with conservatives, it can drive you mad.

I can read our entire Constitution and a conservative can read our entire Constitution.  When I’m finished I’ll have read a document that’s completely absent of the words “Christian” or “Christianity.”  When the conservative is finished reading it, they’ll read the exact same document absent of the words “Christian” or “Christianity,” yet still maintain we’re a Christian nation.

It would stand to reason that if our Founding Fathers had wanted this nation to be founded upon Christianity, that would have been mentioned at least once.

Show them the Treaty of Tripoli, written by one of our Founding Fathers John Adams, where it clearly states, “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion..” and it still won’t make one bit of difference.  Show them documents where Thomas Jefferson (another Founding Father) advocated strongly for the separation of church and state – it won’t matter.

Republicans will still insist that this nation was founded on Christianity and will continue to try to interject their religious beliefs into public policy.

And I’ve still never had someone explain to me how we’re a nation of “freedom” and “liberty,” yet we’re supposed to be based off religion.  You know, being that religion is about control – not freedom.

Once upon a time science, history and math were tools you used to prove your side of an argument.  Now, to many conservatives, they’re all apparently liberally biased.

I’ve just gotten to a point where I can’t take most of these people seriously anymore.  Republicans seem to have created this world where “truth” lies not in what’s actually real but in what they want to be real, and it’s a sad sight to behold.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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