I’m sorry, but there’s just no other title suitable for a post on the denial of the very real threat of climate change. Not when a story like this comes out:
The Bush administration has blocked release of a report that suggests global warming is contributing to the frequency and strength of hurricanes, the journal Nature reported Tuesday.
Where to begin? What to say? It’s so fucking stupid and so fucking arrogant and so fucking crazy and it may already be too fucking late to do anything about it anyway. These climate change deniers, and that means Bush at the head of a whole array of deniers in and out of public life, are like Holocaust deniers. It’s that fucking serious. Instead of denying the past, however, they deny the present and the future. They think it’s a hoax, or they just don’t give a shit, or all they care about is fucking the whole world for their own self-interest, or all of that together.
And soon we may all be fucked, along with our planet, because these fucking idiots refuse to do anything about, refuse even to acknowledge, the enormous crisis that looms all around us and that, from all we know, has already begun to overwhelm us, to destroy us.
No, there are no apologies here. I’ve had it with them all. If they don’t give a fuck about us and our planet, why should we give a fuck about them? They’re fucking insane.
Okay, so I lifted Michael Stickings’s entire post. Michael is one of those bloggers who take the principle of evenhandedness practically to its logical extreme. If I wrote that sort of thing the BDS crowd (Bush Defense Syndrome) would write it off as some sort of mental illness. That may even be a little true; I will freely admit that as far as I am concerned the president lost thebenefit-of-the-doubt some time around when he mocked Karla Faye Tucker. The guy just repulses me. That hardly means Republicans in general, but a loaded gun wouldn’t convince me to support this administration.
These days it seems as though the administration has driven the evenhanded moderates and even rightwingers with intellectual credibility past the breaking point. Gregory Djerejian passed me up months ago, along with what seems like the entire retired leadership of the US military. John Cole, of course. Even unapologetic trog-cons like Cold Fury (e.g., libs lost Vietnam) agree that the present leadership deserves to go:
The Republican Party leadership is as execrable a gaggle of out-of-touch backroom wheeler-dealers as ever screwed an honest man, and the difference between them and any lowlife Democrat you’d care to name is…well, just about nonexistent, seeing as how both varieties of corrupt pol are after one thing and one thing only: power.
I can’t say I’m eager to see more Dems elected, but a vote for Chafee is a vote for a whole lot of things that need to be eliminated, not encouraged. Party leaders are clearly willing to countenance making this election a “six of one, half a dozen of the other” proposition. Muth makes a strong case for sending ‘em a different message, just as Al has been doing here for a good while now. Honestly, if the Repub leadership truly thinks Chafee is the best they can do, it’s obviously time for a new crop of leaders.
Cheers to that. If the Dems gain power and throw the same awful K street orgy as the current Pubs I like to think that I will have the credibility to write that post.
You can see it in blog comments. A while back I got to wondering what had happened to most of the pleasant and/or reasonable Republicans around here. Some say driven off by the angry chorus, which is no doubt partly true. Even so, after absorbing the general ebb and flow for months I realized that a good number of our “liberal” commenters would actually be Republicans or right-leaning libertarians under any normal administration. Many voted for Bush once and a good number did twice. A decent number have no specific love for the Democratic party. But like this blog’s frontpage writers, most have figured out that our current leaders are simply no damned good for this country.
So, time for regime change. The Democrats may not be greeted with candy and flowers, not by me anyway, but at this point they can hardly be worse.