Yep - partisan politics is an ugly and messy business. Lies, innuendo, skullduggery, character assassination, demmagoguery - anything goes to persuade, pressure, and WIN. Doesn't matter what the issue is - both sides eventually go negative.<quoted text>
The reasoning is concurrent with the rejection out of hand of scientific findings concerning global warming. This is accomplished by a demeaning of the moral idealism of the scientist in general. To blatantly say, out of hand, that the scientific process is corrupt because scientists game the government for personal gain, without hard evidence to back this up seems to be a tool of the radical RW agenda. Not only climate science but such things as science of evolution and even medical studies of the effects of chemicals including such studies as the effects of tobacco on the human body.
False premise - not proven. The far Left is no less reticent to twist, distort, and suppress facts and truth as necessary to serve their partisan political agenda. WINNING is all that matters. Truth be damned - and the skirts of the partisan progressive Left are no cleaner.<quoted text>As to why the hard Right digresses to such an attitude more than others ...
Of course -_all_ partisan politics is a conflict between vested interests, and being "vested" in an issue is not limited to the purely monetary sense. "The science" is of interest to a partisan only to the extent it supports or can be twisted to support their rhetoric and position - and this is equally true of the Left and the Right.<quoted text> ... is a topic pertinent to discussions about global warming. If these folks do not base their understandings in the science, what in the world do they base them upon. Possibly propaganda by the vested interests? I am not sure what else can be the basis of their reasoning. Perhaps you can provide that information. It would help my understanding immensely.
All that has value in partisan politics, debate, and rhetoric, whether on the Left or the Right, is WINNING. WINNING is the only "truth" that has value in politics, because if you lose - you're out of power and you have to go get a real job.
As for "doing the right thing" just because it's right, two of the savviest politicians I've known over the years told me this about getting something done in the public arena:
1) 90% of the time in public policy, you do what you have to do to WIN. Maybe 10% of the time you get the chance to do something just because it's the right thing to do - and that has to be enough for you, or you don't belong in politics
2) There aren't enough Calvinists who vote or find campaigns in the world to support doing much that requires general self-sacrifice for the greater good on the part of the population. They're a fundamentally selfish and self-interested bunch.