So many conservatives – and I mean Big-C conservatives, have reached a point where the only way they can be described is by the term “fast and the furious”:
- Fast with the truth;
- Furious with the world.
Of course, it’s easy to point at the republican party in the United States with this one – Todd Akin’s mentally deficient claims, for instance, that women who have legitimately been raped rarely get pregnant is about as simple an example as you can get of someone who will say anything – any lie at all – to get his agenda fulfilled. And what is his agenda? The deletion of the current world, replacing it with some fantasy scene out of Pleasantville.
Yet we don’t have to go all the way to America to experience this insanity – it happens regularly in Australia, too. Tony Abbott, on the 7.30 report last night, continued to demonstrate his fast and loose attitude towards pure facts, effectively insisting that the CEO of BHP Billiton was dissembling and hiding the real reason for a project shutdown. After all, Tony is desperate to claim the Carbon Tax will destroy the world.
To be sure, and fair, lying and bastardry in politics is not just confined to the Big-C conservatives, but they seem to have their own special way of working with it – lying about fundamental truths that can be scientifically examined and exhaustively proved to anyone with half an iota of sense.
Todd Akin remains an excellent example – this is an idiot who would throw out centuries of medical science to assert that a woman’s body will reject impregnation in a situation of forced, non-consensual entry. Despite more than 30,000 pregnancies per annum in the United States alone arising from rape. Despite the broader medical community vociferously refuting untruth in its totality. Despite the implied, vile conclusion of that line of thinking – that any woman who became pregnant from rape must have in some way actually wanted it.
Equally, Tony Abbott is happy enough to play fast and loose with the truth. After all, much as he derides the carbon tax, he wanted one. He been on the record multiple times in denying climate change, too – or certainly at least, human-affected climate change.
Making it clear this inability to deal with basic truths applies to conservatives on both sides of politics – look at all those who insist that asylum seekers who arrive by a particular means are ‘illegals’, when international law clearly states that seeking asylum is not an illegal act.
Of course, such rigid ignorance of basic truths is not just limited to politics, too. Indeed, pig-ignorance and abject mockery of simple facts seems even more entrenched in the fringes of religion. That’s where, for instance, Pastor Peter Walker claimed last week that homosexuals reproduce by molesting children. Or when the Australian Christian Lobby claimed that allowing same-sex marriage will lead to a new type of ‘stolen generations’ apology.
They’re fast with the truth.
They’re furious with the world.
They’re Big-C conservatives.