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Excerpt: On how McConnell embodies the changes in the Republican Party over the past 30 years
McConnell, to me, embodies two things in politics today: One is the transformation of the Republican Party from a party that used to have quite a few moderate and liberal members and Northern liberal Republicans — Midwestern moderate Republicans — into a party that is now much more monolithically conservative and really Southern-dominated.
And To Me, thinkingblue, an internet IT hobbyist blogger, it embodies just how right-wing Politicians (sometimes left, just not as often) keep satisfying those who cannot critically think to save their life, who believe (through ignorance and fear) we need to go back to an archaic time that dates back to the dark ages. Today, when science is answering so many questions that were once thought of, as unanswerable. When 350 million miles from Earth there is the equivalent of a washing machine that can think, dropped on a comet by the Rosetta Spacecraft, with the help of human intellectualism and technology…
Can these right-wingers get any more laughable or dimwitted…? I have a feeling that somewhere in the minds of people like Mitch McConnell, (hypothetically) this nonsensical and backward way of thought will only survive if they do what Pol Pot did in Cambodia and that was to execute anyone who was perceived as having half a brain. If they could do that, they can stop humankind from moving forward and keep the world's societies, irrational, brainless and full of fear.
Excerpt: Anti-intellectualism is a common facet of totalitarian dictatorships to oppress political dissent. The Nazi party's populist rhetoric featured anti-intellectualism as a common motif, including Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf. Perhaps its most extreme political form was during the 1970s in Cambodia under the rule of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, when people were killed for being academics or even for merely wearing eyeglasses in the Killing Fields.