GOP Lying May Not Be As Bad As Its Incompetence!

By Donald A. Collins | 31 May 2021
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The Princeton report on ways to substitute non fossil fuel energy capacity by 2050 encourages one to see real possible progress toward fixing our earth’s climate.

Read these articles here and here.

The GOP’s current unwillingness to fix adequately our aging infrastructure illuminates their gross incompetence to see the best way for America’s future.

Thus my main point: the GOP’s blatant lying for short term political gain for Donald Trump may not be its most dangerous fault, but failing to face major challenges to achieve long term gains such as to avoid climate disasters IS!

And after 47 years of Roe working well, we now find the potential for further GOP incompetence as the Supreme Court takes up the Mississippi abortion case which would reduce choice at a time when the need to rein in population growth looms as another crisis requiring competence not mindless GOP ideology.

Lots of Republicans get my point and even Catholic Joe Biden gets it right on choice.

It’s not about politics or ideology, it’s about human survival. The surfeit of human numbers, now having grown from 2 billion to almost 8 in my 90 year lifetime on our planet, needs us to offer every safe method for reproductive choice.

And sorely needed is full understanding of the urgency for pursuing global needs such as providing vaccines to India, Brazil and all who need them, thinking that we can delay giving all humans on earth as rapid access as possible.

In short global actions based on science offer the only sustainable path to a peaceful future. Yes, the USA could offer the world a workable example, but the gross incompetence of one of its two political parties makes it harder if not impossible!

The incompetence danger is further enhanced by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s demand that his Republican colleagues did him a “personal favor” and vote against a January 6th commission investigation. A lot of honorable Republicans found this abhorrent including Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski whose outrage you can read about here.

Hard to decide which is worse, the lying or the incompetence, but together they make a lethal attack on progress on vital issues long settled by science and moral probity.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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