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Conservative Magical Thinking.

“I hate news and information and anything that threatens to puncture the bubble of oblivion in which I live.” ― Augusten Burroughs. Conservatives have the remedy for what ails you. Unfortunately, their remedy is only wishful thinking, from the gut, because it feels right. And is usually totally useless. Here are ...

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Is America a Civilized Country?

“There are many humorous things in the world; among them, the white man's notion that he is less savage than the other savages.” ― Mark Twain. To a self-referential US conservative the only safe place is white America and its country cousins Europe and the Antipodes. The Islamic world is a ...

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Are We Mom, the Flag, and Apple Pie - Or More Like the Guy at Applebee's in the Wife Beater.

“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville. We consider ourselves to be a decent people. Our heroes are stalwart sorts - who can be relied upon to the right thing. Cary Cooper, John Wayne and ...

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To Put Racism Behind Us, We Must Stop Making It About Race.

“Most middle-class whites have no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerent, and brutal.” ― Benjamin Spock. Black activists and conservative whites both want to make the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner about race. The black activists because that is ...

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Conservative Magical Thinking.

by Pitt Griffin on December 19, 2014 · 0 comments

in Healthcare, Religion

“I hate news and information and anything that threatens to puncture the bubble of oblivion in which I live.” ― Augusten Burroughs.

Conservatives have the remedy for what ails you. Unfortunately, their remedy is only wishful thinking, from the gut, because it feels right. And is usually totally useless. Here are a few examples.

In 1970 President Nixon announced the “War on Drugs”. Forty-four years, and $2 trillion later, the rate of drug use is unchanged. And now it seems inevitable that the demon weed will eventually become legal – with no noticeable effect on American health.

Sex is a powerful human urge. Some men of God and moralistic politicians cheat. Eighty percent of American teens have had sexual intercourse. Only one in 30 of us will wait until marriage. Even four out five in very religious families have had premarital sex. Yet conservatives think that “abstinence-only” sex ed will be effective.

Al Qaeda launched the 9/11 attacks from a cave. Yet conservatives – who laughingly claim to be fiscal conservatives – will spend trillions to fight them “over there” so we don’t have to fight them “over here”.

Law and order types cling to the death penalty despite the lack of any evidence that it reduces murder rates. Why should it? The chances of a murderer being caught is only 60%. And the chances of a murderer being executed is 0.02%. (Note: It is also far more expensive to execute someone than to keep them in jail for life.)

Gun right advocates insist that Americans should have the right to keep guns in the home for self defense. Fair enough, but if you want a safe home, get rid of the guns. People who live in homes with guns are 4.5 times more likely to die from gun shot.

Conservatives think that we should keep the embargo on Cuba in place. Because, although the Castro brothers are still in power after 55 years, given time it might just work.

Conservatives think that we shouldn’t talk to Iran, but should keep the sanctions in place, despite the fact that using that strategy has seen a rapid increase in Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

Fiscal conservatives cling to the idea that tax cuts lead to increased government revenue – despite the disastrous budget-busting effects of two previous attempts. (Reagan and Bush W)

Conservatives think we have the best health care system in the world despite the fact that Americans don’t generally live as long as people in other industrial countries – all of which have socialized medicine. (And for this second rate system we pay 2.5 times the average paid by advanced countries.)

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Is America a Civilized Country?

December 13, 2014

“There are many humorous things in the world; among them, the white man’s notion that he is less savage than the other savages.” ― Mark Twain. To a self-referential US conservative the only safe place is white America and its country cousins Europe and the Antipodes. The Islamic world is a chaos of homicidal fury. The […]

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Are We Mom, the Flag, and Apple Pie – Or More Like the Guy at Applebee’s in the Wife Beater.

December 11, 2014

“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville. We consider ourselves to be a decent people. Our heroes are stalwart sorts – who can be relied upon to the right thing. Cary Cooper, John Wayne and the Marlboro Man. We […]

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To Put Racism Behind Us, We Must Stop Making It About Race.

December 9, 2014

“Most middle-class whites have no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerent, and brutal.” ― Benjamin Spock. Black activists and conservative whites both want to make the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner about race. The black activists because that is their raison d’être. End […]

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Democrats Run Away from Achievement – Straight off a Cliff.

December 8, 2014

In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong.” ― Charles Dickens. Mary Landrieu lost her run-off election for the Louisiana Senate seat – easily. A seat that had been in Democratic hands for […]

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Creationism Is ‘Science’ Through the Looking Glass.

December 3, 2014

“Science knows it doesn’t know everything; otherwise, it’d stop. But just because science doesn’t know everything doesn’t mean you can fill in the gaps with whatever fairy tale most appeals to you.” ― Dara Ó Briain Christian Creationists are a rum lot. They do science in a mirror. The usual process of arriving at a […]

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“To Protect & Serve”. The Police have a Responsibility to the Community.

December 2, 2014

“When you have police officers who abuse citizens, you erode public confidence in law enforcement. That makes the job of good police officers unsafe.” – Mary Frances Berry. Ferguson police apologists make much of Michael Brown’s size and a video showing him, at the very least, throwing his weight around in a convenience store. They add that […]

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Must GOP Candidates Be So Extreme in the Primaries, That the General Election Is Unwinable?

December 1, 2014

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect” – Mark Twain. Can a Republican candidate win both the 2016 GOP primary and the 2016 general election? Fundamentally, the question is whether a candidate can run far enough to the right to seduce the primary voters – who […]

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