Joe Stalin is supposed to have responded to a critic who claimed that the real world didn't look anything like it should have according to Marxist-Leninist theory, "If the facts don't fit our theory, we change the facts." Whether or not Old Joe uttered those words, that is for certain the way he acted. During Stalin's long reign, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union published an encyclodpedia that it updated frequently. Updates were required ot keep up with the changing political fortunes of various well-known Politburo members, generals, writers, etc. People literally disappeared from history (not to mention life on earth) overnight. They went from having lengthy glowing profiles in the Bolshevik Encyclopedia to having no entry in the next edition to being labeled "traitors" and "capitalist tools" in the one after that (usually after having been shot in the basement of Lubyanka prison).
The old CPSU was wilfully and maliciously ignorant. Because one of Stalin's toadies, the biologist Trofim Lysenko, believed that animals could pass along to ther offspring chacteristics they accidentally acquired (i.e., a long-tailed dog that had its tail cut off would have short-tailed offspring), Russian biology was set back at least half a century.
Now why do I bring up this old history? Because today's GOP has the Stalinist hatred of facts that upset its pet theories embedded in its genes (or it would have, if the members believed in genes). Is Norfolk, VA sinking into the ocean before your eyes? Then pass a law (and this is true) forbidding use of the words "sea level rise" in research into Norfolk's flooding problem. Are guns dangerous? Then pass a law--the Congress actually did this--forbidding the use of federal money to #$%$ the risk of gun ownership. Does carbon dating establish the age of the earth at billions of years? Then create a museum based on the idea that earth is only 6,000 years old. And so on.
It's no wonder that Republicans and Democrats can't work together in Congress. One party lives in fact-based reality; the other one in a Never-Never Land of Stalinist "truth".