Building a Nation of Know-Nothings (or Willful Ignorance)

I’d either question my party affiliation, or call them to account, if consistently half believe and perpetuate things that are false and clearly not factual such as that Obama is a Muslim (46%), Obama is not a citizen (30%) and that Obama signed the TARP bailout into law (over 50%). I’m not suggesting that Democrats be lieve only things that are true. They too can be subject to the same temptation. All I know is that the huge percentages in the Republican Party who choose to believe things that are just not factually correct is disturbing to me. I am not disturbed because I feel the need to defend the president. I am disturbed because democracy and freedom depend on a common trust in each other that we deal with facts and not with clear lies. I’m suggesting that we should deal in truth and not falsehoods. Is that too much to ask?

Building a Nation of Know-Nothings – NYTimes.com.

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2 Responses to “Building a Nation of Know-Nothings (or Willful Ignorance)”
  1. Neil Christy says:

    Catching up a bit on my reading – – this is so on target! It frightens me both the propogation of lies and the willingnes of people to simply believe without question or confirmation. We have become so partisan (and closed minded with closed ears)that I greatly fear for democracy unless there is a significant change.

  2. toddbouldin says:

    Thanks so much Neil for reading. Glad to know I’m in good company. 🙂

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