The Republicans are self destructing with their attacks on science and Bowe Bergdahl

June 6, 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014

Good morning:

The republicans and their voice, the right-wing-hate-machine, are destroying themselves with their aggressive wars against climate change and Bowe Bergdahl.

Climate Change

99% of the scientists in the world agree that world climate is changing due to human activity that is increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Not one credible scientist disagrees.

Moreover, climate change is already underway and some changes, such as the meltdown of the West Antarctic Ice Field is unstoppable.

Nevertheless, republicans either deny that climate change is happening or they place their trust in God to save them. Regardless of the basis for their opinion, they oppose any effort to mitigate the effects of climate change.

I have news for them: Science is here to stay because it is a body of knowledge, as opposed to a belief, that is based on reproducible experiments. Religion lost the battle against science hundreds of years ago. Science has become part of our lives and only a fool would suggest that we abandon science or discount its importance as though it were just an opinion no better or worse than any other.

By taking this bizarre contrarian position, they have voluntarily excluded themselves from participating in the worldwide discussion about what we need to do globally to reduce carbon dioxide levels. The discussion we have and the decisions we make will affect every man, woman and child on the planet.

Our behavior must change and that will involve population displacement and sacrifice. Our way of life that has been sustained by extraction, production and consumption of fossil fuels must end. We have to transition to using renewable sources of energy. The major issue of the day is how quickly must we make that transition. The answer involves balancing the consequences of acting too fast against not acting fast enough.

By voluntarily absenting themselves from this critical debate and the decisions we must make based on what we know scientifically, the republicans have made themselves irrelevant and assured the eventual demise of their party.

We no longer can afford to play irresponsible political shell games. Tomorrow’s leaders must step forward today and they must propose solutions that benefit the many as opposed to the few. Honesty is required. Bullshit ideas designed to benefit the rich at the expense of poor like globalization, privatization, unregulated markets, corporate welfare, trickle down economics, the elimination of public education, labor unions and social programs must be discarded.

Conscience matters

For example, in his Rolling Stone article about Bowe Bergdahl, Michael Hastings mentioned Bowe Bergdahl’s concern about the way the military was treating the people of Afghanistan.

:These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid, that they have no idea how to live.” He then referred to what his parents believe may have been a formative, possibly traumatic event: seeing an Afghan child run over by an MRAP. “We don’t even care when we hear each other talk about running their children down in the dirt streets with our armored trucks… We make fun of them in front of their faces, and laugh at them for not understanding we are insulting them.”

His father responded,

In matters of life and death, and especially at war, it is never safe to ignore ones’ conscience. Ethics demands obedience to our conscience. It is best to also have a systematic oral defense of what our conscience demands. Stand with like minded men when possible.

Good advice for us all.

Incidentally, we now know that Bergdahl walked away from the military camp and returned at least two times before the incident that ended with his capture. Therefore, he cannot be found guilty of desertion.

In addition, he attempted to escape from the Taliban at least twice, so there is no basis to believe that he joined the enemy.

The ongoing demonization of Bowe Bergdahl by the Republicans and the right-wing-hate-machine aided and abetted by a compliant media is a disgraceful defamation of a man of conscience which confirms that they are the party of lies and unfit to participate in the important discussions of the day.

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