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I always find it remarkable how magical religious thinking goes hand-in-hand so perfectly with magical conservative thinking.

The script is always the same:

  1. Believe something based only on random mysticism, and not on facts or evidence (e.g., age of the Earth, Jesus riding Dinosaurs, cutting taxes inevitably trickling golden showers of largesse onto the poor, etc.); then
  2. Craft all sorts of rigid opinions based only on those beliefs, with a shield against facts or evidence ever challenging those opinions.

I can’t remember the last time I heard a Republican politician make some claim and connect it to any kind of arguably reputable non-partisan source.  Pick the topic: global warming, abortion, tax policy, heath care policy, Medicare, etc.

As our modern dystopian bard said: “IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.”

  1. Matmos says:

    From Texas GOP rejects ‘critical thinking’ skills. Really. on the WaPo:

    In the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff department, here’s what the Republican Party of Texas wrote into its 2012 platform as part of the section on education:

    “Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.”

  2. Chunzilla says:

    Historically and typically this type of thinking was usually reserved for: 1) the desperately discouraged who felt their only choice was to just blindly make things up, having no hope of truly and realistically changing their situation; and 2) people suffering from psychosis, drug induced or otherwise. You decide.

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