Posted by: ericgrimsrud | June 5, 2015

Oh Jeb, there you go as well!

I had hoped that the Republicans might be able to come up with a 21st Century candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America in 2016 and harbored the notion that you,  Jeb Bush,  might be one.  And then you recently made the following statement:

Look, first of all, the climate is changing. I don’t think the science is clear what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It’s convoluted. And for the people to say the science is decided on, this is just really arrogant, to be honest with you. It’s this intellectual arrogance that now you can’t even have a conversation about it.

Now really, Jeb, what do you mean by “you can’t even have a conversation about climate science”?  Did you not watch the video I showed in my recent post entitled “A peek at nitwits in positions of power” ?  It showed members of your party having such conversations in the halls of congress .  Better still, if you really do need to have an honest conversation about climate change, why not just call me or thousands of others who know a lot about that subject?  Your comments make me think that you really don’t want to have an honest conversation with anyone about climate change and that by avoiding one, you are simply pandering to the “nitwits” of your party.

And Jeb, when you say you “don’t think the science is clear”, what you are really saying is that you think  the science of climate change is not yet sufficiently clear as to do something about it.  And then you go on to essentially say that it is “arrogant” to think that we do know enough to do something about it – as our own National Academy of Sciences and your own Pope suggests. That one really leaves me disappointed. . What do you think the leaders and citizens of other countries would think of a USA that has such a scientifically retarded Commander in Chief?

Tell you what, Bubba #2,  you just lost the votes of intelligent and responsible Americans who believe that a basic understanding of and respect for science is an essential and minimum requirement for a US President today. I suspect that even your parents would agree.  Most of the Republican offerings for 2016 are such “frozen in time” sorts, like Senator Joseph McCarthy of the ’50s reincarnated.  And now you are also doing your best to cast doubt on the credible scientific institutions of our country that are doing their best to combat what really is a “clear and present danger” to all of us. They sure don’t make Bushes like they used to, it appears,  and that disappoints me because the other current offerings of the Republican Party appear to be living in the 20th Century, at best. Many appear to be reincarnates from the “Gilded Age” of the 19th when the only function of the little bit of government we had was to grease the skids for America’s booming industries centered on coal, oil, rail, steel and lumber. It took a Republican named Teddy Roosevelt to introduce a more “Progressive Era” at the turn of that century in which other aspects of American life were given overdue attention.. .

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