When you watch a movie about talking animals, and manage to enjoy it even though, you know, animals can't really talk, you have accepted the premise of the show and can move on past the lack of reality. You have willingly suspended your disbelief. This then allows you to experience the joys and emotions stirred up by the characters and the story, even though it's obviously not real.
I think a similar mental feat is at work with our Republican friends. Put these two ideas together in your head for a moment. 1) We have too much government and too many regulations that are strangling business. 2) Drill, baby, drill.
Scratch a Republican, and you'll find both of these ideas, happily coexisting. Need I say more than, Sarah Palin?
I'm quite certain that our Republican friends deplore the BP oil spill in the gulf. They lament the destruction of the fishing and tourism businesses that will result, and the jobs lost. And they probably worry about environmental damage and the expenses of clean up, especially if shifted to the taxpayers.
There is no rational way to square these concepts. Let oil companies drill, baby, drill, but don't regulate them. So, then, what? Prayer alone is enough to prevent oil spills? Oil companies will never screw up? (See, Amoco Cadiz, Exxon Valdez, BP in the Gulf of Mexico) We need to just accept the oil spills that happen as a cost of doing business? What do Republicans really think about this?
Well, I think they don't think about it. They've willing suspended their disbelief. They just ignore the potential problems and focus on, apparently, whatever talking point party leaders are pushing at the moment. Drill, baby, drill, but OMG do not regulate those poor oil companies because government is evil and screws up everything it touches.
It's just not rational.
And don't get me started on the religious conservatives who believe God gave humans dominion over the earth but also the obligation to be good stewards of it, and yet who say, drill, baby, drill but OMG do not regulate those poor oil companies because government is evil and screws up everything it touches. Sarah Palin?