Monday, August 1, 2011

Republicans Who Don’t Believe…

One thing that I heard several Republicans proclaim during the fiasco negotiations over the debt ceiling and national deficit was that they didn’t believe that failing to raise the debt ceiling and/or defaulting on our obligations (if the debt ceiling wasn’t raised) would cause a financial catastrophe. They “didn’t believe” what economists were telling them. Some even implied (or said outright) that a default would somehow be a good thing.

Well, that got me to wondering. How many of those Republicans who didn’t believe what economists were telling them are the same Republicans who don’t believe what scientists tell them about global warming? How many of those Republicans don’t believe what scientists tell them about evolution? How many of those Republicans don’t believe that President Obama is an American or that he’s not a Muslim?

Just sayin’…

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At Thursday, August 04, 2011 10:54:00 PM , Blogger ModerateMind said...

Democrats Who Don’t Respect…

Yikes! Really?

If you don’t believe in raising the debt ceiling you must be a flat earth moron?

I am a little disappointed. You will never enlighten someone else if you react to their beliefs with condescension and ridicule. If you are unwilling to respect them, how can you expect them to respect you and your opinion. This is exactly why conservatives and liberals cannot effectively work together. Was it your goal to convince someone that they might have been incorrect or just have a rah rah session with other mean liberals.

For the record, I do not have a crystal ball and do not know what would have happened if we did not raise the debt ceiling (not that what happened when we did was that great). I think global warming is a bogey man to frighten people to drive an agenda. I believe in evolution, but I respect my more religious friends who choose to believe something else (after all… I wasn’t here so I cannot presume that scientist are right… they are so often wrong). I think the president is an American and IF he were a Muslim, I would not think it was a bad thing.

I typically respect your blogs, the ones that are based on real information (left-biased, but that’s okay), but I think you are better than this. I think if you spent more time explaining your point of view and backing it up and less time trying to insult conservatives, you might just make some people in the middle think.

At Friday, August 05, 2011 10:24:00 AM , Blogger MSWallack said...

Think of it this way: Most of my posts are fairly lengthy and detailed. The one that you've commented on is not. It was much more of a case of me venting (in response to things that I'd heard) than writing a detailed analysis.

That said, I completely disagree with you on global warming. From what I've seen and read, the scientific evidence is overwhelming. Scope and extent may be legitimate issues, but human-influenced climate change is real.

I guess that I am willing to "respect" the religious views of others who may not believe in evolution, and I guess that they can believe what they want. But they shouldn't allow that religious belief to intrude upon science. We don't allow the belief of Scientologists that a huge interstellar airplane flown by a god brought humans to earth influence what and how we teach our children, yet that is their honestly held belief.

And I don't think that I really called Republicans morons; rather, I was just pointing out that there is group within the Repuplican/Tea Party that tends to express disbelief for things that appear to be empirically proven. So when I heard statements from them about how they didn't believe what economists were saying would happen if the debt ceiling weren't raised, it reminded me of other statements of disbelief that I'd heard from the same people. Disagreement, based on facts, is fine; disbelief, based on nothing, is troubling.

At Saturday, August 06, 2011 12:24:00 AM , Blogger ModerateMind said...

Fair enough. Everyone is allowed to vent just don't vent away your influence. The issue with disagreeing, based on facts, is that is is hard to find factual facts. But that is likely the topic of another blog.


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