I just had a discussion with a hardcore Republican where I brought up Mitt Romney’s penchant for shamelessly lying through his teeth. I mentioned 5 or 6 recent lies including the one illustrated above. Mr. Wingnut (sorry to say, but yes you are, my friend) refused to admit that any of them were lies. I asked him how he could look at Romney’s statement at the debate on contraceptives, compare it to previous statements from Mitt and not conclude that he had indeed lied on national television.
I’d tell you but I have no idea what it was. He went on a five minute rant that so muddied the topic that I had no choice but to finally tune out and walk away. Some stuff in life, like attempting to have a rational discussion with a wingnut, is just not worth the effort.
I came to the conclusion a while back that with many on the right, a fact-based discussion on certain issues is never going to happen. They simply cannot do it. Obama, climate change, gay rights, government, taxation are all examples of issues where no degree of facts, numbers or direct quotes is ever going to sway them. They know what they know. End of story.
Their version of reality, fostered by years of Fox News and wingnut media indoctrination, is not of this world. Hell, it’s not even of this universe. They speak a language which only makes sense to others of their kind. To you and I, it’s sheer madness. To them, we’re the loons.
The key, I think, to communicating with those on the right is to be able to identify those conservatives who have not yet abdicated their right to think for themselves. For the others who have turned over control of their rational minds, at least on certain issues, to the likes of O’Reilly, Beck and Limbaugh, you’re wasting your time.
The Romney source photographs are Creative Commons licensed images from photographer Gage Skidmore.