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  •  Precisely (3+ / 0-)

    The damage is already severe.  It is simply that Republicans are terribly, terribly effective at reaching their base, and brutally efficient at getting out and maintaining a message.  There will come a point at which their strident denials fall on deaf ears, defeated by weight of unignorable evidence - but we're already at a bad enough place now that I thought that would have happened years ago.  It hasn't.

    I wonder what we are going to lose that will bring it home to the most ardent red-staters.  Will the carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere get high enough that smaller animals - like dogs and cats - just can't handle it, and start dying en masse?  Loads of totally valid scientific evidence is all well and good, but all the dogs and cats in America (where they are extremely common housepets) DYING would send a much clearer message to even the most determined deniers.

    Except that somehow, I don't want to know how, the GOP would promptly manufacture a story about how Democrat-imposed regulations had made manufacturing unsafe, so really, all the Fluffies and Rovers of the world dying is really the Democrats' fault.

    •  No. We now live in a world where all truth is (2+ / 0-)
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      NoMoreLies, mightymouse

      subject to editing and revision, where there are no facts but simply assertions of fact, where science is simply opinion and can't possible hold up when challenged by the self-annointed prophets of the marketplace (not to mention god's word), where history is whatever the revisionists with the most money and access to the media say it is, and where a frightening percentage of people get 99% of their information from TV commercials and from the various mouthpieces of the right-wing echo chamber.

      I won't be alive in 50 years, but I expect that the general population will only become less, not more, informed, and that the architects of the societal and planetary destruction that will inevitably happen will never get the full credit they so richly deserve.

      "But there is so much more to do." - Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008

      by flitedocnm on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 06:02:12 PM PST

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