At the end of 2010 I made my list of the greatest threats to US national security for the coming year. They were all internal and the list is here.
The GOP was last but not least on it:
The Republican Party is a threat to security. And not solely because of its descent into right-wing extremism or its desire to torpedo a nuclear arms reduction treaty because it despises the president.
As the party that denies science, one that will put people in committee chairmanships overseeing science and technology issues in the House who are … opposed to science whenever it contradicts their political views, the GOP poses a threat to America’s future.
You can’t have a forward-looking and capable nation with people in power who truly believe global warming and evolution are hoaxes.
In 2010, the Pentagon concluded global warming was a serious security threat, a destabilizing one. It has been an issue the Department of Defense has mulled over for the better part of a decade.
Today we have GOP Presidential hopefuls who proudly squawk their disbelief, even antipathy, towards science.
They don’t believe in global warming. They don’t believe in evolution. They don’t believe in science that studies pollution or the trouble with having dirty air and water because they believe regulating water and air so they’re safe are impediments to amassing great wealth.
So they call for the EPA’s destruction.
You cannot shame or ridicule them on the subject. They’re impervious to facts and reasoned argument.
And Rick Perry, like Michele Bachmann, and the rest in a group that gets higher numbers than the non-existent John Huntsman, are psychopaths. Huntsman apparently refuses to act like a psychopath and is punished for it in the popularity contest.
Psychopaths are defined by their lack of empathy, continual lying, irresponsibility, poor behavior, gigantic egos and mercilessness.
And to win support from the Tea Party wing for the nomination, the GOP representatives must exhibit all these traits.
Even if, deep down inside, one of them actually believes throwing off all scientific thought because it’s all either hoaxes or socialist elite plotting is a bad idea, the front-runners would never admit it.
Many consider this a joke, a source for laughs. And I suppose it is if your belief is such people could never be elected president.
But they could. And here’s how it could happen.
It’s not unreasonable to think that Barack Obama will either choose to do nothing that matters on unemployment and the economy or will be stymied by the GOP.
And enraged by bad conditions, just enough of the voting public will act out of either stupidity or spite in a desire to strike back in the voting booth, that a GOP psychopath who doesn’t believe in science will get elected to the most powerful country in the world.
How could that be so bad? We elected George W. Bush and the country survived.
Well, it really didn’t if you look close. The place is wrecked. The government is paralytic, purposely so.
It is the desire of half of the Congress to smash any government action.
In the last couple months this blog has dealt, off and on, with the “cyberwar” word.
And one of the bits the fearmongers of “cyberwar” have glommed onto to is the meme that the financial system could be destroyed through cyberattack.
Well, the GOP threatened to make the nation default, the President gave them what they wanted, and a credit rating agency issued an opinion squarely blaming the Republican Party.
The stock market went volatile and in this financial system thousands have lost money, all as a result of a combination of obeisance to GOP psychopaths and a disintegrating world economy that needs to look to the US for some measure of stability.
The serious security threats from this country are not exterior. They’re all internal. The GOP has made itself over into one of them.
Paradoxically, Wall Street and the wealthy — always marked as the theoretical targets in discussions of cyberwar — went out of their way to guarantee the Tea Party would take control in 2008, so displeased were they with the alleged socialist in the White House.
And they’ve been damaged by their real world choices.
You put psychopaths in power, people who don’t believe in anything outside what is passed around their own warped cult, and you have the very strong although minority party in the US.
One wonders what the long view thinkers in the Pentagon make of it? Do they have any real long view thinkers?
Certainly no one in the parked in the public defense think tanks ever discusses the issue of a major political party morphing into a security threat.
What is the point of a mighty war machine when everything has been destroyed at home, when their is no belief in science or even logic, because it clashes with internal beliefs?
What do the Pentagon men do?
Just keep polishing and admiring their squadrons of flying robot drones?