The "empowerment" of the Right since the election of President Obama has brought new relevance to old arguments for xenophobia, bigotry and prejudice. In a few short years our public discourse has declined, one might say devolved, into a number of unbelievably petty and small issues which exercise our emotions more than our reason. As much as this reinforces "end-of-empire" theorising it has to be wondered what legislative Republicans, among others, could possibly be thinking:
The right's singularly intelligent strategy is, I guess, to drive all of us as mad as the right is - to embroil us all in the right's juvenile distractions, its adolescent food fights, its infantile diversions from whatever is truly important. In time, or so the strategy goes, the civilized intelligentsia will walk away in resigned disgust, as will barely interested independent and moderate voters, leaving the political arena almost entirely to the right.
P M Carpenter - To Michelle Goldberg, I tip my hat 15 May 12
Is that it? If so one fails to see the distinction from a drunken adolescent who threatens to burn down the house because they're denied the keys to the family car.
Recently the infamous Heartland Institute, who commissioned billboards associating climate science with the Unabomber, decided to "spin off its insurance research project effective May 31." The reason? Climate change scepticism makes impossible meaningful actuarial work on insurance. Sheesh. Brace yourselves for another summer of diligent hammering away at the ethical and social foundations of the Republic.