On Easter Island, they cut down trees in religious ceremonies. When they cut down the last tree, their civilization died. They, like our conservative friends in the Bush administration, said, "We create our own reality." The core of critical thinking is honor.
In 1968, political pull was used to put George Bush in the Air National Guard so he could avoid going to a war he supported. Someone had to go in his place.
In 1968, John Kerry was sitting on a destroyer and volunteered for some of the most hazardous duty in Vietnam. In 2004, he was labeled a coward by Bush campaign associates.
In 2011, Senator Kyl made false remarks about Planned Parenthood. He later said his statement was not meant to be factual.
Republicans claim they are the party of fiscal responsibility when they have not balanced a budget since the 1950s, and two-thirds of the national debt happened under their watch. They claim to be the party of national security when they were in charge when the biggest terrorist attack on American soil happened.
They claim to know how to run an economy when the two greatest financial disasters (1929 and 2008) came after years of them being in power.
To really succeed in any enterprise, honor and respect for critical thinking is a must. If we keep electing conservatives, the time will come when they will cut down the last tree and our civilization will die. It is up to us.