I also wanted to run the material here too, so I figured I would take each item on the list and flesh it out into its own post. I posted Part 1 on May 15th and I’ve been meaning to pick it up again ever since. With the presidential campaign in full swing, I figure I’d better get off the dime…
Disclaimer: When I refer to “Republicans” here, I’m referring only to the national party leaders and political apparatus. The same goes for my use of “Democrats.” Local jurisdictions may vary and I have no knowledge or comment about them.
Also, as I roll out these posts, keep in mind that I am not presenting my reasons in any particular order.
Whichever side wins the White House (and controls Congress) this year will have an inordinate effect on your life and that of your children’s. Big issues are being booted around and with partisanship at an all-time high; the stakes are equally high. The differences between the party’s ideals are stark, as indicated by the 2nd reason I vote Democratic.
The Republicans are trying to strip away any and all environmental regulations and contaminate the EPA the same way they’re trying to contaminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (by undercutting funding and legal authority). Adhering to environmental regulations costs money putting it in direct violation of the Prime Directive. (As written in Part 1, the Republicans’ Prime Directive is to maintain the freedom of Big Business to do whatever they see fit, in support of their bottom line.)
The Democrats are trying to maintain the viability of our planet to support our very existence, by seeking limits and regulation on toxic emissions, into both air and water. This is more than just hugging trees or saving snails, as the Republicans like to categorize anyone that dares interfere with their grand business plans. This is a fight to maintain the viability of our own planet and keep it from turning into a more quarrelsome version of Mars.
This is not a new fight; Republicans and Democrats have been squabbling over ecological issues for as long as I can remember, going at least as far back to when I was a kid in the early 70s. But the fight has taken on new meaning in the last ten years, as the effects of climate change has been unmistakably documented and observed all over the world.
Any rational person would be concerned about continuing to spew contaminants like mercury and carbon monoxide into the atmosphere or water supply. A rational person might be concerned about destroying the living conditions on which we depend for our very survival. But somehow there’s a disconnect. Republicans don’t believe in safeguards for the environment, outside of providing places for the privileged to hunt, fish and play with guns. Many go so far as to deny that humans have even contributed to our planet’s change in climate.
A couple of hacked emails was all it took for Republicans to plunge their heads into the sand and overlook overwhelming scientific evidence that the earth is warming and the polar caps are dissolving. This mantra is driven by the businesses that would be most affected by any tangible change in environmental policy. In other words, ‘it would hurt profits, so we’re against it.’ And Chapter One of being ‘against something’ is to deny it even exists and more importantly, state that ‘even if it does exist, it’s not our fault.’
Perhaps they have plans for a giant bubble to encase a small homeland for coal, oil and other fossil fuel industry execs, probably somewhere around Branson MO. It has to be inland because the Smokey Mountains will be the new eastern seaboard once the polar caps melt.
It’s alarming to me whenever someone “disbelieves” proven science because it goes against one’s political platform or costs money. For example it’s a sad state of affairs when our (prior) highest elected official can ignore decades of physical, provable science and say something as inane as “the jury is still out” regarding evolution.
No, the jury is not out. It went out, came back 5 minutes later with the verdict and then went home for dinner, saying something about a “mountain of proof.” The proof is what makes it science and not opinion.
Thank you, Republicans, for ushering in the Age of Ignorance. Some day, the history books, (if there are any left) will wonder why anyone ever listened to these clowns. Their insistence that climate change is a hoax and that it’s perfectly fine to belch chemical waste into the atmosphere in exchange for providing factory jobs, is the another reason I vote Democratic. You should too.
And speaking of ignorance, don’t even get me started on the Texas State Republican platform, which includes a prohibition on teaching critical thinking. Perhaps they don’t believe in “book learnin’” any more either… unless, of course, the book was approved by the Texas Board of Education. (Motto: “It MUST be true, it says so right there in the book we rewrote.”)