Archive for June, 2010
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Inspired by Rachel’s poignant commentary on how ideological insulation allows illogical and inane views to gain currency.
Republicans don’t like either evolutionary Darwinism or the political kind,
But Social Darwinism, on the other hand, they don’t seem to mind.
They don’t care if society’s vulnerable and weak
Are hurt by corporations efforts, an extra penny’s profit to seek.
Republicans think it’s better if unemployment benefits aren’t extended,
But if Bush tax cuts for the rich aren’t, they’re mortally offended.
This favored approach doesn’t apply in the political marketplace,
In which Republicans fear competition might their own ideas displace.
There, they prefer to keep out ideological competition,
As demonstrated on Fox News by its notable omission.
They prefer to appear on venues where their views won’t be challenged,
No matter how baseless (or even unhinged).
Or, like Sarah, just bypass the media completely,
All the time mocking it ever so sweetly.
But as with evolution (in which they don’t believe),
When ideas don’t their due share of debate and testing receive,
The end result is a weaker set of policies
With which the unquestioning herd fully agrees.
That, by the way, is what happened in the last Administration
Which was noted for its lack of informed contemplation.
Competing proposals were not rigorously debated,
Leading to policies that our current problems created.
In the proud tradition of Know-Nothings of the past,
The Tea Party has even the Bushies outclassed.
For Teabaggers it’s a point of pride to accept without deliberation,
And regard anyone who questions them with indignation.
But this approach may ultimately result in the movement’s demise,
Well-meant advice which the average Teabagger might surprise.
(Teabaggers, I say this not because I want to help you,
But because your approach hurts the country too.)
So please, Sharron and others, come out of your cocoon
(You’ll be forced to do it anyway sometime soon).
Let your ideas compete with opposing views,
And try appearing somewhere else besides Fox News.
(Subjecting your ideas to open debate may cause some short-term pain,
But you know what they say: no pain, no gain.)
PS: Lest you on the right accuse me of inconsistency
(Or even worse, hypocrisy),
Saying that as a political Darwinist I should be a social one too,
Here’s what I have to say to you:
Inferior ideas should in fact be allowed to die,
But with people, that principle doesn’t apply.
Here are Rachel’s 6/29/10 reports about the end of Sharron Angle’s media blackout and 6/30/10 report on how Angle’s (mis-) statements illustrate the deterioration of discourse and debate that her views represent.
Here’s Countdown’s 7/06/10 report on Sharron Angle’s attempt to reinvent herself with a revamped website, and threats to sue Harry Reid for publicizing her old website content.