Sadly, we have a political party that revels in its ignorance of Science and History!
In five ugly years, Republicans have transformed themselves into the party of misogyny and violence
hreats and portrayals of violence against women have turned into a badge of honor for a party in which traditional notions about gender (back to the 1950s!) have become a key predictor of Republican support. Casting men (even a Supreme Court justice nominee) as victims of aggressive, “nasty” or unhinged women accusing them of wrongdoing has become standard fare in the Trump party.
As Rubin notes, the intersection of violence and misogyny is unavoidable when the exhortations to violence are primarily directed by and toward men: “Whether it is in setting up bounties to rat out women who seek abortions or constant denigration of women, misogyny has become as central to the GOP’s tone and tenor as xenophobia.” It’s the same behavior we saw in former Montana Rep. (now governor) Greg Gianforte’s punching a reporter who dared to ask him an impolite question about his own corruption. It’s the same behavior Hawley himself was channeling when he famously pumped his fist in the air, exhorting the (mostly white and male) Capitol insurrectionists to attack their own government. And, ultimately, it’s the same bestial, dominant, Nazi behavior that Hitler lionized when he touted the virtues of “The ideal man, embodied by the soldier … tough and aggressive, in control of his body, mind, and psyche.”
Illiberal political solutions tend to take hold when increased gender equity and emancipation spark anxieties about male authority and status. A conquest-without-consequences masculinity, posing as a “return to traditional values,” tracks with authoritarianism’s rise and parallels the discarding of the rule of law and accountability in politics.
Yeah, Don the Con claims to be a genius.
Yup. Seriously, when did paying attention to the details become a bad thing? Oh, right, when the fascists put their take over of the USA into high gear.
Woke: People who have enough empathy to see, at least dimly, through the eyes of an “other”. Whether this is about science is less obvious to me. History, yes.
PS: I would have slept through history if I didn’t fear the consequences of getting less than the ‘A’ that my mother was quite sure I was capable of. Only as an adult have I come to enjoy knowing something of the great flow of history WITHOUT having to memorize dates, names and places in order to pass the tests. Well, and duckduckgo helps a lot with the details now that it exists.
The republican party has moved so far to the right that they think(?) that everyone else is “left”, even those who are rationally conservative.
The same people who slept through classes usually struggle to be successful in the real world – but they blame their own shortcomings upon everybody else…
Actually, the woke contingent are those who took the word of their hyper-liberal professors at face value.
As bad as the progressive corruption of the K-12 system is, the damage to critical thinking skills is taking place at the college level. Entire generations of young minds are being taught to never question, never explore and god forbid, NEVER speak out against progressive “science” that fails to meet even the most basic definitions of “science”.
In the cartoon, all the white kids are sleeping and all the Black kids are paying attention. In a decade of teaching, I never saw a classroom like that. If classrooms were really like that, we’d see Black kids succeeding on the level of Asian-American kids.
He really left us some heavy muck to clean out. Instead of a broom, we had to use a pay loader.