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  •  Political victory at any cost (6+ / 0-)

    I don't think they are so much anti-science (although a compelling case may be made for that proposition) as anti-anything that is not Republican.  I think the only reason they are so vehemently against global climate change is because Al Gore promoted it.  One of the key reasons they are in favor of creationism is because they believe the secularists are for evolution.  A key reason they switched their tune on end-of-life counselling is because Obamacare provided for it.  Their intransegence is broader than global warming.  It is all about opposing anything and everything the other side is for, as if the science changes with the political winds.

    I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use -- Galileo Galilei

    by ccyd on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 06:51:15 AM PST

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    •  You are right; they are rabidly contrarian. (6+ / 0-)

      I still remember in the 2008 campaign when Obama made an off-hand comment that just making sure your car tires were properly inflated could save gas.  The Right launched one of their predictable mockery campaigns, but it collapsed pretty quickly when the mockery got deflected back to them.  There was nothing more pathetic than "gitter-done!" Republicans being exposed as knowing nothing about cars.

      Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

      by bigtimecynic on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 06:56:25 AM PST

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    •  they won the framing battle (0+ / 0-)

      Some switched their tune on "end-of-life counseling because Obamacare provided it", but the opposition to allowing people to forgo certain medical interventions and the opposition to having the government involved in any attempt to standardize the framework for such decisions has come mostly from a conservative religious perspective, and this has been the case for many years prior to Obama's election.

      It wasn't really even end-of-life counseling. It was goals of care discussions and advance directive discussions. Way upstream of end-of-life counseling. The labeling of these discussions of death panels was certainly deliberate, and it had a great deal of impact even outside of the legislation at hand. It makes my job tougher to discuss these things with patients. It has changed the narrative, so that my political allies are calling it "end-of-life counseling".

      The plural of anecdote is not data.

      by Skipbidder on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 10:32:13 AM PST

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