As New York Times columnist and blogger, Paul Krugman, wryly notes: “Somehow there seems to be a pattern in this chart from the editor of PolitiFact, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.” Clearly, one political party in this nation is living in a world more familiar to Alice and the Mad Hatter than the rest of us. It’s a world where up is down, where science is fiction, and where the rules of math and logic no longer apply. If you’re fine with this, not to worry. But if it scares the hell out of you, then it’s time to organize for 2016. We are indeed a nation at risk.
Last weekend 195 nations, who can’t ever agree on much, agreed to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, but as The New York Times notes, the Republican presidential candidates remained nearly mum on the issue. Not so in the past, however:
“We’re not going to make America a harder place to create jobs in order to pursue policies that will do absolutely nothing, nothing, to change our climate,” Marco Rubio said in a Republican debate in September.
“I am not a believer, and I will, unless somebody can prove something to me, I believe there’s weather, said Donald Trump: “I believe there’s change, and I believe it goes up and it goes down, and it goes up again.”
And just last week, Ted Cruz, who believes President Obama and the other 194 nations have come together in some kind of climate-science conspiracy, said: “Climate change is the perfect pseudoscientific theory for a big-government politician who wants more power.” But, on Saturday, after the climate deal was announced, Mr. Cruz had nothing to say.
Yes, President Obama should be lauded for his leadership on this issue, but the Republican Party is willing to bet your future that their candidates are right and the rest of the world is wrong. Indeed, the “Know-Nothing” Party is putting our nation (and the world) at risk. It’s time we elected leaders who believe in science. Heck, it’s past time. Get organized to Get Out the Vote.
As the New York Daily News headline screamed the day after the San Bernardino massacre, “God isn’t fixing this.” Our only hope lies in electing people who have the political will to take on the gun manufacturers – who have made a profit on every firearm used to murder Americans from Columbine to Sandy Hook to San Bernardino – and limit the sale of guns, especially assault weapons. With a month to go in 2015 we’ve already suffered 462 firearm deaths and 1,314 injuries. Yes, gun manufacturers must be having a banner year.