Okay, look, I'm not a conservative. I'm a wild-eyed libertarian -- small l, please -- who believes government should be tiny, of limited powers, and staffed by extraordinarily talented people. And I know I'm never going to get that -- the best I can hope for is a fairly competent bureaucracy and elected officials who put so much time and effort into tripping one another up that they can't do too much harm.
But I used to be able to get along with conservatives, at least the Buckley-through-Goldwater arc of the Republican party. At times too hawkish to suit me, they could nevertheless be relied on to not go haring off after conspiracy theories, to be fiscally prudent and to remain aware of Constitutional constraints on the Federal government's powers. They tended to be optimistic about a brighter future, notably in Ronald Reagan's speeches. They tended, mostly, to listen to experts and follow scientific thought. They were open to debate.
Were. Today's GOP politicians and rank-and-file appear to have decided that reality is whatever you can convince yourself it is, and that the ill-informed opinion of the man-on-the-street is just as good as that of someone who has spent a lifetime studying the topic. They're not interested in discussion or debate.
I grew up hearing my parents complain about Democrat politicians who built castles in the air and tried to make people live in them, voters and office-holders for whom feelings mattered ever so much more than facts. Never in my wildest imaginings did I think the GOP would decide that was the way to go, and that they could do so even better than the opposing party.
Will they be able to undo the damage they have done to themselves? It seems unlikely.
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