Friday, May 13, 2016

Facts Be Damned!


The above is from the latest PPP poll. The approval ratings of Obama are to be expected, and it's nice to know that disgust with Congress is universal, even if it's for opposite reasons between the parties.

But the glaring lack of knowledge of unemployment and the stock market? Well, not unexpected either, I suppose, given the effectiveness of the right-wing scream machine, especially Fox "news" and talk radio. What it does is help to explain those who support Donald Trump.

It's one thing to have political disagreements. It's healthy, even. But until Lee Atwater and Karl Rove came on the scene, and before that black guy moved into that white house, I wouldn't have claimed that the parties differ so widely on simple knowledge of demonstrable facts. Nor is it limited to the above two items.

It kinda removes the firmament from under all those who vote with today's R party, doesn't it? When they're so lacking in basic knowledge, how can one accept their arguments for Trump (other than by claiming agreement that facts don't matter)?

"Both sides do it" is the mantra of the right, and of their enablers in the media, which includes pretty much all TV media. But it's demonstrably false. Only one side deliberately pushes and exalts lack of knowledge. Only one makes up its own facts, proudly.

Yet again, we see why Donald Trump is their preferred candidate, and why he has a frighteningly real chance of winning the presidency.

3 comments:

Dr Strangelove said...

“You are a slow learner, Winston."
"How can I help it? How can I help but see what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four."
"Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.”
― George Orwell, 1984

Smoothtooperate said...

"It ain't cool to not know what you are talking about."

B.H. Obama

dan said...

It would seem that the screamers have permanently brain washed themselves that anything other than their diatribe is heresy. They are essentially the equivalent of the Spanish Inquisition.
The sun revolves around the earth. Period. We said it therefore it is so. And by the way if you don't recant you'll be tortured and put to death.
Ive become much less certain that we live in "Post Modern" times. The Reformation just does not suit the screamers. They can not tolerate anything less than absolute adherence to THEIR facts.

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