Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Donald Trump's fact-free world

To the faith-based, facts don't exist. Thus, it never mattered when Donald Trump lied. And it doesn't matter when he lies now. After all, reality is whatever you want it to be, right?

For Trump supporters, if you believe that millions of people voted illegally, then that becomes your reality, even though it's simply not true. I mean, our actual reality has a well-known liberal bias, right?

This isn't just Donald Trump. Far from it. In recent decades, the entire Republican Party has become faith-based in ways that simply deny reality. Global warming is a "hoax." Evolution - the foundation of modern biology - doesn't exist. Republicans reject science whenever they don't want to believe it.

And remember Ben Carson, Dr. Knowlittle, our next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development? Because of a completely fictional story in the Bible, he's decided that the pyramids - which are nearly solid stone - were used to store grain. Even crazier, he thinks that the scientific explanation for the pyramids is that aliens built them!

This is what happens when you cease to care about what's true and what isn't. This is what happens when you decide that "facts" are whatever you want them to be. This is what happens when you're faith-based, rather than evidence-based.

And now we've got a president-elect packing high governmental positions with crazy people, along with similarly loony politicians who'll soon control all three branches of the U.S. government, who simply don't care if their beliefs are true or not, because they reject the very concept of "facts."

What has happened to my America?


jeff725 said...

As per my comment the other day, when I was watching those YouTube clips about the Holocaust, the comments sections were crushed with conspiracy theorists thoroughly convinced that the Holocaust NEVER HAPPENED. The same thing when I see clips of the Apollo moon missions; conspiracy theorist practically shouting that the moon landings were a hoax.

Now we have the "Pizzagate" thing going on. Have you read about that? This is another one of those times where I have difficulty keeping up with all the insanity.

Bill Garthright said...

Yes, I have, Jeff. And I know what you mean.

I can understand how a few people might be dumb enough, gullible enough, or insane enough to buy that kind of garbage.

But Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. Clearly, it's not just a few. Indeed, they seem to be everywhere.