Rick annoys me. I've met people like him. He thinks he knows all the answers to the mysteries of life. He has an undeserved sense of confidence and is very assertive about it. Doubt knows no place in his mind. He has it all figured out, whatever 'it' is. And he believes he has a 'more moral than you' view of life.....his arrogance knows no bounds... He doesn't believe in evolution.
It's all about where he gets his information from. In his case, the Discovery Institute, a place that disregards the rules of science and rests belief about the natural world, on internal superstition, where evidence contradicts biblical literalism....he's about 500 years behind the time on that one.
He's a fairly smart guy, but really 'superstitious'...by that I mean he believes in truth based on internal hunch, intuition, and what people you trust tell you.
He can think logically but prefers not to.
His foreign policy views are heavily influenced by his Catholicism, which sees the political narrative and events in the middle east, as playing out in accord with spiritual forces, and demons, and God's plans in the Bible, which are interpreted by patching together disparate Bible verses and weaving them into a narrative that the weaver says will occur.
Problem is, this is just a mental process where you look into vague, unrelated historical documents, and fool yourself that they are speaking to you personally, and then unaware to Rick, his mind fools him into believing the picture that emerges comes out of prayer and reflects objective reality, in the external world.
He doesn't even know he fools himself all the time, and the superstitious part of his mind, the irrational part, is in charge. His internal fears and whatever semi-intellectual Biblical scholarship bullshit he happens to be reading forms and directs his fear, and turns it into a 'theory'.
It's difficult to have rational thought, under such a mental apparatus.
....He is not quite intelligent enough to realize that a spiritual view of life can take place without fear and superstition.
Since he is such a die-hard Catholic, and sees the world in black and white terms, and the dark side for him is Islam, I have no doubt he would nuke a Muslim city if he thought God wanted him to do it.
On religion and Islam, he's a Catholic George W. Bush, on steroids.
On women and birth control, he'd prefer a culture where women were quiet and submissive, married young, and became baby making machines. He sees current sexual freedom as destroying American culture and would end it, if he could. In this, he simply does not understand the modern world.
Like many conservatives, he lives in an information bubble. He will only allow certain information in, if he trusts the source. In this, he completely lacks objectivity and is closed minded. He just isn't curious as to how he could be wrong.
On global warming, he thinks it's a scam. Why? Because he has carefully looked at the science and came up with evidence that it may be fraudulent or overblown? No.
I could respect that, but no....
It's because people he trust have told him it is a hoax. Rick sees the world partly through complete deranged paranoia. To him, there are vast spiritual forces, hidden demons floating unseen around us, destroying morals. And by extension, global warming is just another conspiracy.
Of course conspiracies need evil, nefarious people leading them, and in this case, is is generalized in the notion of 'liberals'....people like me, a self-confessed liberal, are seen to be under the domination and influence of demonic forces, that are controlling my mind and forcing my fingers to type this, and my brain to think these thoughts.
And the good guys? Those are the conservatives, in his black and white universe.
And on education, the universities that people attend are controlled by demonic forces.
He doesn't believe in the separation of church and state and is very aggressive about pushing what he believes, so if he becomes President, expect him to push very hard for intrusive religion being combined with government.
I'm not sure if he wants the American government to be a branch of the Catholic Church, or just an equal partner in deciding the future of America.
On the sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the raping of tens of thousands of mostly boys, rather than admitting the perversity of the abuse, he blames liberals for priests raping children. How so? He claims so-called liberal sexual permissiveness has created a sexual-moral atmosphere in America where even priest have become infected by the demonic forces that millions of liberals like me have supposedly let loose on the world, and have corrupted priests, who were overpowered by the demons, and had to go out and rape countless little boys, over many decades, if not centuries.
A man who can think such a thought is, for some things, completely a lunatic, IMO, and deranged from normal human reality. Such a man can distort the fabric of reality, ignore all rules of evidence and common sense, and shift the blame for the most hideous human crimes, onto people entirely unconnected to the crimes.
Such a warped mental leap is like somehow blaming the Jews for the Holocaust.
...a sick, sick man.
And, if you elect him President, that's what you will get.
Yes, he really is Candidate Screwtape.
Last edited Sun, 11 Mar 2012, 7:35am