The right-wing governor of Florida, Rick Scott, said an incredible thing on MSNBC this morning. And, more sadly, he didn’t even realize what he was saying. He was promoting the state’s tourism business and admitted to the listeners that the BP oil spill severely affected the tourism business of the state. ‘The beaches are all cleaned up now and we’re ready for the tourists again,’ he quipped.
Yet, stunningly a few moments later, the dimwit governor played the right-wing regulations card, mindlessly of course as with all right-wingers. When asked how he intended to continue to grow the economy of Florida, the ‘trump’ card was played: less regulation. Less regulation as in the off-shore drilling for oil that might soil the pristine beaches of the Gulf Coast? Those regulations, governor?
The seemingly inherent idiocy of many on the right-side of the flat earth continually amazes me. I ought to, at some time in my life, simply come to grips with the fact that they are, as a lot, a fairly simple, easily led pack of dingoes, well-trained to react to the commands of a small group of masters. Pavlov.
Many on the right-side can’t help it: they were raised that way. Most who live in the South are evangelical Christians who were, from their early years, taught to listen to and obey the authority figures who spoke from the pulpit as well those who ran their Sunday School classes. These children needed to swallow an ark-ful of tall tales and myths which were labeled ‘truths’ and were ‘from God!’ Year after year, these children’s brains were marinated and molded and filled with fear and punishment until the concept of free-thinking was purged from them. Pitiful and powerful for the masters.
Worse yet, they vote. Of course, their vote really doesn’t matter too much in the grand scheme of things, because The South is not where elections are won or lost. Rather it is in the free-thinking states where our presidents are elected. At least most are confined to a clustering ‘down there’ although their relatives migrated to the North and now make it more difficult for us free-thinkers to maintain hold of our critical electoral votes.