I was just talking to a coworker today about how I used to be really tolerant of other people’s beliefs and ideas, to the point of being overly tolerant. I was definitely a moral relativist on some level, but sometime during college I took a step back and realized that moral relativism is only reasonable to a point — and here I am today, a decade later, and I am hard pressed to find a single action or value in the Republican party that I can respect. Paul Ryan and Joe “cooperate-but-not-compromise” Walsh sure had me riled up this week, but then I read this piece on Ars Technica,
As part of the legislative maneuvering ahead of the bill’s likely passage, Democrats attempted to insert an amendment that recognizes the conclusions of scientific organizations such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academies of Science. The amendment read, “Congress accepts the scientific findings of the Environmental Protection Agency that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for public health and welfare.” It was rejected in a 184-240 vote.
Really? Really, really? The Mayan’s were right, 2012 might be the end of the world… sigh.