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 Post subject: The Republican War Against Reality
PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:50 pm 
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This is a transcript of Joe Vecchio's daily "Cup O' Joe Report" podcast, availaible via "screaming audio" here and posted with the permission of the author.

I see in the news that George C. Deutsch, who was appointed by President Bush to work in the public affairs division of NASA, was forced to resign in disgrace when it was discovered that he lied about having graduated from college. Republicans lie so often and so badly that this comes as no surprise to this observer. What's important to me is that Mr. Deutsch made a name for himself by demanding that NASA scientists use the word "theory" every time they discuss the "Big Bang". This is consistent with this administration's continuing war against science, at least where it conflicts with their ideology.

The Republicans and their supporters clearly have a problem with reality. In their corporate mindset, reality is perception: they operate on the premise that, if enough people believe it, or if enough people have to believe it in order to keep their jobs, then it's true. Now maybe that can work in politics and in the business world: as the old saying goes, it's hard to get someone to believe in something if their livelihood depends on them not believing it.

But science doesn't give a damn what we think. The laws of physics and nature don't change because our opinions change. It's dangerous enough when you make war on a country based on lies, making war on reality, especially when so much of our society depends upon science and technology, and you're in control of enough destructive force to wipe out the entire planet, is dangerous on levels I can't even imagine. Maybe the Republicans think they can win such a war, but to paraphrase the song, you can fight reality, but reality always wins.

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