POLITICAL observations & opinions

* the ignorant shall not rule the world … unless we let them

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 27, 2010

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Rupert Murdock & his crew of liars

Timothy Egan writes in the NYT …

  • It’s not just that 46% of Republicans believe the lie Obama is a Muslim
  • or that 27 % in the party doubt that the president of the United States is a citizen
  • or that 50% of them believe falsely that the big bailout of banks and insurance companies under TARP was enacted by Obama, and not by President Bush.
  • this astonishing level of willful ignorance has come about largely by design,
  • and has been aided by a press afraid to call out the primary architects of the lies.

(thanks to Evan for sending me the article)

Read the entire column at … http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/25/building-a-nation-of-know-nothings/?pagemode=print

LMW COMMENT …

It’s terrifying that so many people in our country can’t learn and won’t think and who, having failed intellectually themselves, disparage those who do analyze and reason.

But has it ever been different? Our mistake sometimes is to think we live in a unique time. Not so.

The battle between knowledge and ignorance has been waged since Adam ate the apple.

And we have as our president one of the most intelligent thoughtful men who has ever occupied the position, who surely also knows how to wage and win political campaigns.

We need to keep battling.

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One Response to “* the ignorant shall not rule the world … unless we let them”

  1. Jon said

    In his pre-Senator days, Al Franken wrote a book (about 1995) called, “Rush Limbaugh is a Big, Fat Liar.” His research demonstrated that ditto-heads of the day – those who received most of their information from talk radio and other “alternative” media – were the most confident they were right, but were most often wrong. Those followers of Republican lies and misrepresentation of facts are now 15 years older and joined by others recruited over the past 15 years. The number of intentionally, willfully misinformed Americans seems to have grown, now with the outlet of Tea Parties to share their ignorance. It’s a shame, but it’s not new. Fortunately, it’s not a majority of Americans, just a vocal minority.

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