GOP Is a Cult, as Evidenced by Their Global-Warming Heresy


For anyone wondering why the Los Angeles Times was so concerned by a Harvard study suggesting that Independence Day celebrations create Republicans (note the amusing ‘warns’ in the headline), an answer is forthcoming in today’s Washington Post: the GOP is a “cult.” Richard Cohen writes:

Someone ought to study the Republican Party. I am not referring to yet another political scientist but to a mental health professional, preferably a specialist in the power of fixations, obsessions and the like. The GOP needs an intervention. It has become a cult.

Cohen then rattles through a number of undesirable Republican political positions (adherence to which has traditionally been considered a sign of a ‘party platform,’ rather than an augur of Jonestown), before coming to his main point:

Something similar has happened with global warming. It has become a conviction of much of the GOP that you and I, with our cars and factories and leaf blowers and barbecue pits, are off the hook — innocent of cooking the atmosphere. That being the case, it therefore is not the case that anything has to be done about it. Only much of science, common sense and your average walrus differ, but the GOP soldiers on.

The rest here.


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