[FoRK] Coup Needed - What the right wing really thinks?
J. Andrew Rogers
andrew at ceruleansystems.com
Thu Oct 1 19:51:53 PDT 2009
On Oct 1, 2009, at 5:00 PM, Lucas Gonze wrote:
> Seems like loony stuff is almost a supermajority in the Republic
> "A whopping 58 percent of Republicans either think Barack Obama wasn't
> born in the US (28 percent) or aren't sure (30 percent). A mere 42
> percent think he was."
According to polls with more credibility than DailyKos, ~20% of
"birthers" are Democrats and another 20% are independents. The vast
majority of Americans don't have a clue one way or the other, so it is
a bit of random number generator. Of course, according to the polls a
significant fraction of birthers think Obama was born in Hawaii *and*
was not born in the US. I'll let someone else figure that one out.
40% of Democrats believe in astrology (a fringe belief in the GOP) and
the majority believe in ghosts (a minority belief among the GOP),
about the same number as those that believe Obama wasn't born in the
US. Independents have their own special flavors of woo as well,
though they generally look slightly better.
Occam's Razor says that the belief that Obama was not born in the US
is vastly less stupid than the belief that astrology is real or that
ghosts live among us. In the litany of stupid beliefs humans have,
believing that Obama was not born in the US doesn't even rate though
it is a weird obsession -- at least it is real-world plausible even if
If you look at polling data on a broad cross-section of nutty beliefs
that breaks them down by political affiliation and sum the columns,
you will discover that they all add up to approximately the same
number and that all those numbers are far too high. Democrats (and
Independents) are every bit as prone to believing delusional and nutty
things as Republicans. The only people that suggest otherwise are
those with an agenda or those that have been selectively spoon-fed
Political parties are composed of Mark-I humans, so expecting anything
less than majority delusional and nutty beliefs out of any of them
suggests abject credulity -- a perfect party member! Hell, I'd be
pleased if there was a party that kept nutty thinking below 50% across
the board, but I'm not sanguine.
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