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    wilderness voice, 6ZONite

    But it still doesn't excuse every mentally competent person from at least trying to educate and keep themselves informed about the issues. The roots of our stupidity precede the attempts by certain money and cultural elites to exploit it, going back to the Great Awakenings and their emphasis on anti-reason.

    Religion and tribalism have done vastly more harm than good to the US.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:46:10 AM PST

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    •  Our mentally competent, able to self-educate must (2+ / 0-)
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      do more and take some responsibility for educating neighbors. We need Earth Science and Ciimate Science to become legitimate topics presented in every town, on every media source, by those who have any sort of reputation of being 'serious' people, who have any respect accorded by Bubba.  

      Small town Bubba views certain people as being educated and tends not to trust outsiders (with agendas they don't care for). The local politicians pandering to Bubba's views are a special challenge.  Bubba also listens (if not in total belief) to the local pastors (often the 'most educated' in their region) and doctors.  Teachers should be able to teach, but immense political and financial pressure is squeezing teachers harshly for attempting to teach real science.  We need the country doctors, vetenarians, and pastors committed to linking humanity's purpose with loving caring for this world and all it's life, even to the End of the World.  We need the EMTs (volunteer or paid) to point out how climate change is affecting whom they are treating and for what.  We need grocery store owners providing exhibits, explaining how the availability of foods and food varieties is changing, and the effects upon costs and quality.  We need the quick mart gas & snack & beer stores doing the same.  It needs to be shown how climate change is affecting the crops needed for beer, wine, whisky.  We need to see the impacts in military related stories. We need missionaries coming back home with stories of climate change. We have to learn to 'speak' Bubba and communicate in concrete terms that Bubba is at risk, and at risk not just from Bubba's behavior, but corporate and military behavior. (Keep in mind our military consumes 70 to 80% of our annual fuel production. Civilians only use a little more than 20%)

      Educating the Bubba Next Door needs to become a national if not global priority.  Bubba ain'ta goin' to no school cuz he don't need more of that edumacation'.  Bubba does watch cable news. So we need to go where Bubba goes: bars, bowling alleys, shooting ranges, tractor pulls, scouts, church BBQs, county and state fairs, etc. and create events that do get covered by cable news and keep pointing to climate change as the explanation behind weird bouts of weather, huge hurricanes and tornados, bizzards, hail, and prolonged droughts, fires, and unanticipated floods.  We need to link regional experienced weather to climate change.  We need to tie the odd effects in one region to seemingly opposite effects in another region with overall changes in planetary temperatures, weather systems, current flows, water cycles.

      We cannot just show up with fliers or speeches. We need to find, assemble and provide effective public demonstrations, using everyday materials as much as possible, where Bubba can get hands-on, and smell, see and feel for himself how the build-up of greenhouse gasses affects us as Americans and citizens of this planet.  We need the demonstrations to show that impacts have already begun to hit (as any gardner or farmer knows), and that the impacts become much worse within any timeframe they may have for the Return of Jesus.

      It has to be made clear that 'getting all that they can', 'whatever is due them', 'what American working man deserves to have', comes at increasing great cost to their children, and children of the whole nation and all living things in this world.  We can appeal to God of the Bible creating humanity as caretaker of this world's life: gardener, tiller, animal husbandry, even charged with keeping nature in balance, with battling back against thorns and weeds to maintain room for the fruitful grains, fruits, trees, to keep waters pure and fit for supporting all life, not just beer. Violating Mother Nature needs to become a taboo as violating one's own mother or daughters, maybe more taboo than that.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:17:36 AM PST

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      •  This is where populism comes in (0+ / 0-)

        a skill I have not the talent or temperament for. We need people who can talk to, organize, enlighten, exhort and be liked, respected, trusted, listened to and followed by everyday people, our own versions of Reagan. I'm no good at that. When confronted by abject ignorance and stupidity, my reaction is to want to throttle the person (I don't of course), not enlighten them. My mental reaction is to think "Arggh! How can anyone be this stupid, gullible, ignorant and lazy!", leaving me emotionally incapable of enlightening them.

        I simply do not relate well to the lesser half. Not having come from privilege or sophistication and to a large extent being self-educated, I have a hard time respecting people who have no excuse for being stupid, lazy and ignorant.

        And yet, as you say, we do have to educated such people.

        Clearly, we've got our work cut out for us.

        And btw, I think this is one of liberalism's great failings, to leave such people behind and either assume that they'll be able to enlighten themselves, or figure that they're not worth our time and effort. Such elitism has caused us much damage. Progressivism has succeeded and failed based in large part of its willingness to embrace or reject populism.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:48:01 AM PST

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