I want to start off this posting to clarify that I do believe in God and embrace the qualities and values of being a 32nd Degree Freemason in the Scottish Rite. I am an active Republican with a family 150 year history of belonging to the Party of Lincoln. So from this perspective I can speak out on this subject.
Now that being said, as a man of science, I have to ask that even far beyond the current “War on Science” why does the Reactionary Right Republicans embrace ignorance as a virtue? I dare say it has even become somewhat a point of pride.
Like the old joke, “What is the difference between ignorance and apathy?…. I don’t know and I don’t care!”
Even in the face of those with scholarly degrees with the expertise and facts of the liberal arts, you will find those claiming the mantle of “God’s Religious Revaluations & Conservatives of Christian Values” being belligerently ignorant, and offended by anyone daring to suggest their wanted ignorance is less desirable than another’s educated knowledge.
I would refer you to the great American science fiction author and once Professor of Biochemistry at Boston University before his passing in 1992, Isaac Asimov’s statement, “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
The sad part is that this attitude has become the “Go-To Position” for many of the conservative politicians stumping on their campaign speeches. As a true litmus statement of too many voting citizens in the U. S. is that sadly, this strategy is working for them.
Another question would be is how does a critical thinking person argue in a debating fashion the value of evidence and reason over wishful thinking and wanted ignorance prejudices? When confronted with the facts, this “Group Think” segment of Low Information Voters” (LIV) will just blow off any fact based logic as, “This is just your personal view.” With regards to the “Group Think” mentality of this demographic segment, I usually pass on George S. Patton’s quote, “If everybody is thinking alike….then somebody is not thinking”.
For this, I give you the example of the Tea Party loons. Among the Republican Party Leaders just a few years ago, the attitude was that this Tea Party segment was good to easily motivate and get active at election time. They were calling it, “Whipping Up The Nut Jobs”.
The Tea Party subset of the Republican Party are even downright proud of their ignorance. In essence it has become a badge of honor. It also displays their distain against what they view as a progressive thought value in knowing what a person is talking about before offering an opinion. This lack of employing any critical thinking logic has no value in what I would call a “Reality Based” thought for this shallow DNA gene pool segment. My only explanation reasoning how this segment comes to their conclusions is there has to be a chromosome missing somewhere.
This of course is not the first time in the country we have seen this phenomenon, nor will it be the last. In closing I will end with a quote from John F. Kennedy: “Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought”. The ignorance of the John Birch Society that Jack Kennedy had to deal with has just morphed itself today as the Tea Party; both being funded by the Koch Family Funds.