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  •  Criticize the crazy as best you can. (5+ / 0-)

    A conservative relative of mine sees nothing but 9/11 Truthers, GM corn fanatics, and anti-vaxxers amongst the Democratic party faithful.

    I see a great deal of creationism, libertarian economics and gay-fascism conspiracies amongst the Republican party faithful.

    The reason why things like these exist in politics is because certainty is very easy to motivate people with.  Fear is another good one, and fear is the basis for a lot of this as well.

    The reason why I'm a Democrat at all, is because in my opinion, the Democratic party is slightly biased towards scientific research and knowledge, and the Republican party is mostly impervious to it.

    I try to poke my finger on the scale in my own small way as best I can.  By promoting skepticism.  The Republican party didn't, and they're paying the price for it.

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      by Sparhawk on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 11:47:03 PM PST

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    •  How many truthers and anti-vaxxers (1+ / 0-)
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      have leadership positions within the Democratic party?

      How many Republican presidential candidates proudly stated they don't believe in evolution. Hey, we don't know how old the earth is - I'm not a scientist.

      Libertarian economics are part of the official Republican platform. Remember Paul Ryan, that fringe figure that was their VP candidate.

      And are you seriously going to contend that mainstream Republicans are not anti-gay?

      I really cannot deal with this "both sides do it, see the Dems have 9/11 truthers" crap any more. I know it makes you feel great to be part of the no labels false equivalence crowd, but you claim you stand for intellectual honesty. How about standing for it.

      When we have a 9/11 truther doing what Jim Inhofe does on climate change, then talk to me about how both sides are almost as bad.

      When we stop putting leaders from the past up on pedestals and ignoring their flaws, we can start seeing our present leaders for what they really are.

      by PhillyJeff on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 08:56:43 AM PST

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      •  You missed the point of my post. (0+ / 0-)

        The point of my post was that our crazy is relegated to the sidelines.  But we still have crazy.  Crazy wants a foothold, it wants validation, and it needs to be critiqued so it can't.  People believe in crazy ideas because it provides validation, it provides certainty, it is easy.

        When Republicans look at Democrats, that's what they see.  GM corn hysteria is probably the most mainstreamed kook position in the Democratic culture.  In their estimation, Democrats are the party of crazy.

        The point of my post was that if 'both sides do it' in equal measure, I would not be a Democrat.

        But I am.  The parties are not mirrors of one another in this respect.

        Democrats are slightly biased in favor of skepticism and science.

        Republicans are pretty heavily biased against skepticism and science.

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