Political Ironist: Matthew Intrudes on the Deluded

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As dangerous Hurricane Matthew strafed Florida’s Atlantic coastline, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry exhorted Florida citizens to take precautions to remain safe. Mayor Curry ordered the evacuations of Jacksonville’s flood-prone zones as the projected storm surge was forecast to be six to nine feet and capable of inundating the city’s beach communities. Both men performed responsibly and without hesitation as their citizenry sought crucial guidance during Matthew’s threatening pass up the coast.

As Floridians on the Atlantic coast focused on personal safety and protection of their property, noted pundits of the Right,  Matt Drudge, editor of his eponymously named report, and Rush Limbaugh, national syndicated conservative talk show host, seized upon the weather threat to claim that the Government was using the storm as leverage in its case for climate change. As the hurricane began its trek up the east coast of the state Drudge tweeted, "The deplorables are starting to wonder if the government has been lying to them about Hurricane Matthew’s intensity to make an exaggerated point on climate."
Rush Limbaugh jumped on the conspiracy train as well noting that people shouldn’t trust the National Weather Service’s warnings because the government is likely biased. He said that the government was inflating the fears of the storm’s damage and people shouldn’t worry, because his house was hit by Hurricane Wilma in 2005 and was just fine. He mocked attempts at climate change agreements implying with sarcasm that such accords would prevent hurricanes like this. Limbaugh is a dog that only knows one trick and it’s his tried-and-true false analogy. But it hooks his listeners every time. Of course, there may be no relationship between climate change agreements and hurricanes. However, climate change agreements and climate change will likely have a cause-and-effect relationship.

There is no moral high ground to claim by saying that both Drudge and Limbaugh risked the safety of their gullible minions while grinding the dull blades of their faulty logic and deception. Reality has a way of intruding on the deluded. Wind gusts of 90 mph blowing off your roof is as much of a wake up call as having your Napoleon bicorn hat removed at the hospital when you think you arrived at Waterloo.

Even Governor Scott, a repudiator of climate change, knew last week when to listen to the scientists.

Written by Mike Bernos

Mike Bernos is an award-winning journalist, having written for among others, ABC News, Gannett News, USA Today, Florida Trend and Christian Science Monitor. He is the author of three books and a songwriter whose works appear on Pandora, Sirius XM, and Spotify. He lives in Riverside.