Sadly, as Paul Krugman correctly points out, it’s not just on climate science that the Teapublican’ts follow the mantra, “If evidence seems to contradict faith, suppress the evidence.” It’s on everything: Marco Rubio’s inability to admit that science has, indeed, figured out how old our planet is (and no, the answer is NOT 6,000 years!); “unskewing” the polls because they didn’t believe it was possible President Obama could win reelection; adhering to “the dogma that cutting taxes on the wealthy leads to higher economic growth,” etc, etc.
As always, I can’t even imagine how 47%, or even 4.7% for that matter, of Americans could vote for a party that is so deeply hostile to rationality, to empirical reasoning, to science, to reality itself. I’m sure in part this is a failure of our education system, but what else is going on here? Are these people dumbed down from watching the idiot box (particularly channels like Faux “News”) hours a day from an early age? I mean, that could certainly rot people’s brains out of their heads. Are certain personality types simply immune to things like facts, logic, and math? All of the above? Any other theories?