Okay, I have a question. It can be asked about pretty much any heated topic, but let’s take global warming, because it’s near and dear to our hearts. Namely thus: Why are you conservatives so hellbent on keeping the rest of us from trying to save the Earth? I just don’t get it. Every time I bring up global warming, climate change, or tangential topics like corporate responsibility, you immediately try to discredit the data, ridicule the messenger, obfuscate the topic, throw your hands up in despair, or chuckle like we’re poor saps who just don’t get it.
I mean, exactly what dog do you have in this fight? Why is the concept of climate change so threatening to you, as if it’s some kind of deadly misinformation that must be sublimated at all costs? If you don’t believe it’s happening, well, I think you’re being ignorant and making my kids pay for your laziness, but I can grudgingly respect your decision. What I don’t get is why you don’t just ignore the calls for environmentalism; instead, you fight them with everything you’ve got. There has to be something else afoot.
Are you afraid of losing money, personally? Will certain stocks you own go down in value if the world starts trying to act responsibly? Or does the thought of a hundred good years of capitalism taking this planet to the brink fill you with so much guilt that you have to deny global warming in order to sleep at night?
Is it cognitive dissonance? Is the news so overwhelmingly bad that you are willing to retreat into the first pair of open arms who tells you that everything is going to be okay?
This may raise guffaws, but I think the best thing about being a liberal is a constant self-questioning search for truth. Yes, American culture since Reagan has vilified liberalism/progressivism, but the truest among us always sets aside chunks of time to doubt our beliefs. It’s why we lose a lot, why we dabble in nuance, and why we let conservatives scream louder. But I think 99% of liberals would be more than happy to learn global warming was bullshit, if shown evidence.
Conservatives fascinate me; when proof of their mistakes are shown, they usually just believe it even harder. Witness the last six years, probably the biggest, quickest breakdown of governmental competence since the Great Depression, and still our president has the temerity to give us headlines like Bush Sees Mideast Strife as a Step Toward Peace.
So I need to know: are you discrediting thousands of scientists and a near-unanimous global consensus that man is causing the CO2 rise, making the Earth unsustainably hotter just because you’re a conservative, and that’s what conservatives think? If so, I would have thought better of you. That’s not choosing a position, that’s just choosing sides.