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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Rachel on Reality

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Ohio really did go to President Obama last night.

And he really did win.

And he really was born in Hawaii.

And he really is legitimately President of the United States, again.

And the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate last month.

And the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy.

And the polls were not screwed to oversample Democrats.

And Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel bad. Nate Silver was doing math.

And climate change is real.

And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes.

And evolution is a thing.

And Benghazi was an attack on us, it was not a scandal by us.

And nobody is taking away anyone's guns.

And taxes have not gone up.

And the deficit is dropping, actually.

And Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction.

And the moon landing was real.

And FEMA is not building concentration camps.

And U.N. election observers are not taking over Texas.

And moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry and the financial services industry in this country are not the same thing as communism.

Listen, last night was a good night for liberals and for Democrats for very obvious reasons, but it was also, possibly, a good night for this country as a whole. Because in this country, we have a two- party system in government. And the idea is supposed to be that the two sides, both come up with ways to confront and fix the real problems facing our country. They both propose possible solutions to our real problems. and we debate between those possible solutions. And by the process of debate, we pick the best idea.

That competition between good ideas from both sides about real problems in the real country should result in our country having better choices, better options, than if only one side is really working on the hard stuff.

And the if the republican party and the conservative movement and the conservative media is stuck in a vacuum-sealed door-locked spin cycle of telling each other what makes them feel good and denying the factual, lived truth of the world, then we are all deprived as a nation of the constructive debate about competing feasible ideas about real problems.

Last night the republicans got shellacked, and they had no idea it was coming. And we saw them in realtime, in real humiliating time, not believe it, even as it was happening to them. And unless they are going to is secede, they are going to have to pop the factual bubble they have been so happy living inside if they do not want to get shellacked again, and that will be a painful process for them, but it will be good for the whole country, left, right, and center.

You guys, we're counting on you. wake up. There are real problems in the world. There are real, knowable facts in the world. Let's accept those and talk about how we might approach our problems differently. Let's move on from there.

If the republican party and the conservative movement and conservative media are forced to do that by the humiliation they were dealt last night, we will all be better off as a nation. and in that spirit, congratulations.


jimf said...

> Ohio really did go to President Obama last night.
> And he really did win.

Time for a radical change of government!
Millions of people could "go Galt" with the goal of eroding
and collapsing progressive and feminist tyranny so that the
responsible patriarchs can step into the void and rebuild
a proper society. But that collapse and resulting opportunity
might not happen for many generations.

By contrast, the right, well-placed guy could "go Pinochet"
and get the desired results quickly. As Thomas Sowell writes:

> When I see the worsening degeneracy in our politicians,
> our media, our educators, and our intelligentsia, I can’t
> help wondering if the day may yet come when the only thing
> that can save this country is a military coup.

General Jack Ripper to the rescue!

Hm. It's hard to imagine the current crop of cryonicists
being preserved past the crisis, though. But maybe a
Dr. Strangelove will come forth and deliver them.

Speaking of death denial, everything Sam Harris says about
religion being fundamentally a way to avoid the reality of
death also applies to the immortalist >Hists. In fact,
Harris explicitly mentions The Singularity:

Sam Harris - Death and the Present Moment

jollyspaniard said...

It's going to take awhile for the GOP to remake itself. The nativist element of the base doesn't want to be thrown under the bus.

jimf said...

> . . .the day may yet come when the only thing
> that can save this country is a military coup.

(Or not. ;-> )

Dale Carrico said...

They'd have to get up from their La- Z- Boys first, I think we're safe: Grampy McRacist will die off before that happens.

jollyspaniard said...

The most interesting factoid I've heard about this election is that 5 million people who voted for McCain have since died.