"At its core, this is not just a travesty for academic integrity and students in Texas, but it's also a reminder of what's gone horribly wrong with the twisted right-wing worldview. These state officials have decided they simply don't care for reality, so they've replaced it with a version of events that makes them feel better. The result is an American history in which every era has been distorted to satisfy the far-right ego."I see it all around me. People who don't want to believe evolution, so they simply do not. People who desire a Christian nation, so they ignore any evidence to the contrary and simply believe it as so. As I have noted, it is disconcerting as a liberal who was told during my 20s that liberals believed in no truth, and so made it up to meet their own needs. Now it is conservatives who are simply creating the truth they desire, and actively ignoring or erasing factual evidence to the contrary. And it isn't just in Texas. It is in the Tea Party people who assert "death panels" and that Obama has raised their taxes--things that, as Casey Stengel noted, "you can look it up."
May 22, 2010
None of this is surprising, but Texas has effectively nutjobbed its curriculum, diminished the role that any minorities have played in our history, elevated the legitimacy of the Confederacy, undermined separation of church and state, and, of all things, resurrected McCarthy as some kind of American hero. Many conservatives will want to dismiss this as uniquely Texas, just as they wanted to dismiss the Utah Tea Party purge of Senator Bennett. But this represents a much broader conservative trend, the one of simply asserting what you want to be true as truth: