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.
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