This is what happens when you build a parallel culture, fueled by popularist rage and denial of reality;
Yes, you read that graphic correctly – a whopping 65% think Iraq had WMDs:
New polling data shows that Republicans believe all kinds of verifiably untrue things to be not only true, but the Truth.
For starters, two-thirds of Republicans believe that weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq. The Republican party must have amnesia over the outrage of no weapons found in Iraq, it was 9 years ago.
What the polls show, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said Tuesday, is a party obliterated to reality.
That’s what happens when you watch Fox News eh?
Then there is the issue of how the average Republican voter perceives Obama’s religious views:
Over 50% think Obama is a Muslim or “don’t know”. Uh huh…
And on the issue of climate change:
The right believes, Fineman said, that scientists and government bureaucrats are conspiring to rob Americans of their freedom by convincing the world that climate change is real.
As I’ve just been stating, this ‘war on science” has been waged for decades: consider also the prevalence of creationism among the Republican base.
And we’re surprised at the opposition to the science in the United States and within the GOP itself?
Nor can we brush aside the wacky Birtherism (i.e. Obama was not born in the United States and the birth certificate was faked):
And the most recent example of wild-eyed conspiracy theories is that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States. That his becoming president was part of a conspiracy that dates back to the 1960s when Obama was born.
As the “theory” goes, Hawaiian state officials faked a birth certificate for Obama, someone ran a phony birth announcement in the local paper nearly 50 years ago, all to pave the wave for little baby Barack to become president some day and institute Sharia law in the United States.
It’s sounds nuts, but the birther craze has reached a lot of Republicans.
In a recent poll, 37 percent of Ohio Republicans who voted in the GOP primary don’t believe Obama was born in the United States, and 21 percent aren’t sure. That means less than half believe he is a natural born citizen.
In a Pew Research Center poll, less than half of all voters believe Obama is a Christian. A whopping 17 percent think he’s Muslim. And of Republicans, 64 percent think he’s Muslim.
It is interesting how very, very quickly this idea has gone “mainstream” – but of course, when you build a culture built upon the conspiracy theories, should we be surprised?
Oh, just in case you need a pretty picture to tell the story: