I enjoy listening to right-wing talk radio because I believe in "know your enemy."
Reality- based progressives like me who respect science and truth, unlike many Republicans, find it hard to understand how so-called conservatives are willing to embrace obvious falsehoods.
I say so-called, because my interest in politics began in the 60's, fueled by my mother's rabid Republicanism. Yet she also loved science, nature, preserving the environment. She was a conservationist, which used to have something to do with "conservative."
No more. Not in the Tea Party crazed Republican Party of today, where scientific truths have become dirty words.
(Not in China, though, where clean energy and other high tech industries are being massively supported by the government -- which threatens American supremacy in applied science.)
This afternoon I tuned into the local Lars Larson show on KXL to get additional insights into the often weirdly-functioning right-wing mind. Larson took a call from a guy who cogently argued why top predators like wolves are an important part of the natural Oregon ecosystem.
The caller also thought that runs of wild salmon needed to be preserved. Larson couldn't grasp what he was saying. Notions of ecology, balances of nature, feedback loops, sustainability and such apparently couldn't penetrate Larson's simplistic view of reality.
"If something is good for humans," Larson said, "then we should do it."
The caller tried to explain that we human beings are dependent on the natural world for our survival. If we screw up the oceans, forests, agricultural land, water supplies, energy sources, and so on, then what is "good" today (strip mining, over fishing, deforestation, overdrawing of aquifers, etc.) is going to be "bad" for us tomorrow.
This is so obvious. Yet a dismayingly large number of right-wingers fail to recognize an undeniable truth: we humans are animals, albeit intelligent ones, who are as dependent on the natural world for our survival as any other animal is.
Our actions have consequences.
If we mindlessly kill off other species; if we pollute the air, water, or earth; if we rapidly warm the planet in a fashion that no other animal has ever done before; if we exhaust the world's fossil fuel energy supplies without developing renewable sources; then...
We're screwed. Which means: ignore Lars Larson'ish right-wing wrong-headedness. Be a genuine conservative and work to conserve Earth's habitability for human life.