Nitpicky? Hell yes.
Started by Recusant, April 14, 2019, 02:50:51 AM
Quote from: billy rubin on November 04, 2023, 01:12:18 AMthe problem with america is that fully half the citizens have IQs below the national average.
Quote from: Dark Lightning on November 04, 2023, 01:41:32 AMQuote from: billy rubin on November 04, 2023, 01:12:18 AMthe problem with america is that fully half the citizens have IQs below the national average....and a lot of them "above average" choose not to use their intelligence in an effective way, and that's not an inconsiderable number. One of my younger brothers is well above average in intelligence, and supported the chump in the 2016 election, and probably in 2020, though I haven't asked. I was astonished to hear of this when I talked to him at the time. My take is that anyone who pretends to any semblance of logical ability would not support this jackass for any public office. I just don't get it. Maybe it's hero worship akin to what the people who support the royalty in England? Plenty of people of that stripe in the US, fwiw.
Quote from: billy rubin on November 04, 2023, 01:50:42 AMi have found that intelligence is only somewhat correlated with having brains.some of the smartest people i have ever met were totally unable to see glaring flaws in their beliefs.an excellent example is henry david thoreau. the guy was a geniuns. he was so smart he was functionally an idiot when it cam to evaluating the moral underpinnings of his beliefs about issues such as slavery and john brown.,
QuoteThe American public has had much to learn about Mike Johnson over the past two weeks. Until his surprise elevation to House speaker, the Louisiana representative was an obscure, mild-mannered, and bookish four-term back-bencher. He is a former constitutional lawyer and hardly the type of political figure who jeers during a State of the Union address, or gets caught in a Beetlejuice groping scandal, or shows up on cable news to take a victory lap after ousting the leader of his own party. Johnson is focused, methodical, and up until now was happy to operate behind the scenes.He's also a dyed-in-the-wool Christian conservative, and there's a flag hanging outside his office that leads into a universe of right-wing religious extremism as unknown to most Americans as Johnson was before he ascended to the speakership.Johnson slots firmly within the more hardline evangelical wing of the Republican coalition. He holds stringent positions on abortion, thinks homosexuality is a lifestyle choice that should not be recognized under legal protections against discrimination, defends young Earth creationism, blames school shootings on the sexual revolution of the 1960s, and questions the framework of the separation of church and state. "The founders wanted to protect the church from an encroaching state, not the other way around," he has said.Johnson was also integral to Donald Trump's effort to overturn the 2020 election. As The New York Times has reported, he collected signatures for a brief supporting a Texas lawsuit alleging, without evidence, irregularities in election results; served a key role in the GOP's attempts to prevent the certification of Joe Biden's election; and touted Trump's conspiracy theories about election fraud, even saying, "You know the allegations about these voting machines, some of them being rigged with this software by Dominion, there's a lot of merit to that."If this was all we knew about Mike Johnson, we could accurately say that he is a full-bore, right-wing Christian and an election denier who dabbles in conspiracy theories — qualities that might give one pause before putting him second in line to the presidency. But there is another angle to Johnson's extremism that has received less scrutiny, and it brings us back to that flag outside his office.The flag — which Rolling Stone has confirmed hangs outside his district office in the Cannon House Office Building — is white with a simple evergreen tree in the center and the phrase "An Appeal to Heaven" at the top. Historically, this flag was a Revolutionary War banner, commissioned by George Washington as a naval flag for the colony turned state of Massachusetts. The quote "An Appeal to Heaven" was a slogan from that war, taken from a treatise by the philosopher John Locke. But in the past decade it has come to symbolize a die-hard vision of a hegemonically Christian America.To understand the contemporary meaning of the Appeal to Heaven flag, it's necessary to enter a world of Christian extremism animated by modern-day apostles, prophets, and apocalyptic visions of Christian triumph that was central to the chaos and violence of Jan. 6. Earlier this year we released an audio-documentary series, rooted in deep historical research and ethnographic interviews, on this sector of Christianity, which is known as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). The flag hanging outside Johnson's office is a key part of its symbology.[Continues . . .]