The Path To Decline

No president is perfect.  No person is perfect.  All we can do is hope that the president is almost always the smartest person in the room and that he or she makes reasoned, well thought out decisions and is also surrounded by very smart people.

I understand that most on the right have a strong dislike for President Obama for various reasons.  The policy differences are completely understandable.  The racist stuff is intolerable.  I am most proud to have Barack Obama as our president when he says things like this:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/barack-obama-trump-rutgers_us_5738b625e4b08f96c1836da4

If you don’t feel like clicking through and watching, here are the key lines:

“In politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue,” Obama told graduates at the New Jersey university. “It’s not cool to not know what you’re talking about. That’s not keeping it real, or telling it like it is. That’s not challenging political correctness. That’s just not knowing what you’re talking about.”

He added: “When our leaders express a disdain for facts, when they’re not held accountable for repeating falsehoods, and just making stuff up while actual experts are dismissed as elitist, then we’ve got a problem. The rejection of facts, the rejection of reason and science, that is the path to decline.”

As an example, Obama mentioned Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), who threw a snowball on the floor of the U.S. Senate last December in an attempt to disprove scientific consensus on man-made climate change.

“Climate change is not something subject to political spin. There is evidence,” he said, adding, “Imagine if your fifth-grade science teacher had seen that. He’d get a D!”

Me again.  So when I hear politicians like Inhofe(It’s always republican politicians.  Always!) spout off about how climate change is a myth, it infuriates me.  It’s not politics.  It’s science.  It’s proven fact.  And for the love of god(who ain’t gonna save us people, even if he exists[but get real, he doesn’t]), why wouldn’t you want to try to do something about it?  It’s called self preservation.  This is not some hypothetical future problem.  This is here and now!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hottest-april-2016-nasa_us_57394f3ae4b060aa781aa334

Where is the leadership and the brain power from the republican political leaders on this life and death issue?  It doesn’t exist.  Instead you’ve got Trump pandering to the West Virginia coal community.  Of course, we all feel badly about the coal people and their jobs but what’s more important, their jobs or our continuing survival on earth?  Someone start building some solar plants down there and put those people back to work!

Lou Reed:

Well, Americans don’t care for much of anything
Land and water, the least
And animal life is low on the totem pole
With human life not worth more than infected yeast

 

I’ll let David Byrne and The Talking Heads have the last word because I read they’re getting back together and because they were one of my all-time favorite concerts.  If we do nothing…

We used to microwave
Now we just eat nuts and berries
you got it, you got it

 

 

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