Let's name it. How about hyperconservativopathy? Extreme conservatism taken to pathological levels. We can even shorten it to an acronym, HCP disorder.
HCP is triggered by overexposure to facts corrupted by falsehoods. It's what the Far Right does, every day, and it's killing us.
We see it in the Far Right's approach to economics. Like witch doctors they treat a problem with a mix of facts and delusion. Government deficits can be cured by slashing government revenues through tax cuts. By comparison, the Hopi Rain Dance seems quite logical.
We see it in Harper's approach to crime and punishment. He justifies his prison fetish by crafting delusions of rampant and runaway crime levels, even if they are only the "unreported" variety. That's pure HCP.
And who could overlook how HCP shapes the Far Right's views of anthropogenic global warming, climate change and the host of associated environmental scourges setting in around the planet. Sure there's warming just like there was back in the days of Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone when man
It's enough to make you scream in outrage. Our world is confronted by a plethora of very real challenges, some of them outright threats, and the Far Rightists at the wheel nod off and veer toward the ditch.
Happy New Year and, let's hope, a 2012 far, far better than what we lived under in 2011.