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  •  Don't be so easy on Blow, Teach. (4+ / 0-)

    The onliest reasons I can see for not being more harsh than Blow's wishing Republicans into dinosaurs who believe in evolution, deny science and embrace cockamamie conspiracy theories ... is that it would take too long and we believe in free speech. Especially free speech that seems wrong. We believe in expansive parental rights, too.

    T-Ken points out that Republicans have control in about half the states (think boards of education and women's bodies, and they can - and are - proudly practicing gridlock in Congress. In many cases - but not all - these are Far Right Republicans fostered by self-pleader interests who hide from view. They are not practicing any kind of tolerance for other views. (Unless they have lost, as in teaching evolution, so they compromise as Rubio did, on teaching creationism too.) They are imposing by legislation their views of what the world is and should-be-more-of with the zealousness, in many cases, of missionaries bringing The Good News to savages.

    As Blow writes, " ... there is also willful ignorance at play in some quarters, and Republicans mustn’t simply brush it aside. They must beat it back."

    Wilful ignorance imposed as policy and manipulation of public opinion require more affirmative responses - such as straightforward confrontation in public discourse, education, transparency, vigorous political advocacy - than simply wishing the devotees would self-correct or become fossils faster.

    Only in the minds of conservatives does truth have a liberal bias.

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 06:34:17 AM PST

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