Thursday, September 2, 2010

Building a Nation of Know-Nothings

It’s not just that 46 percent of Republicans believe the lie that Obama is a Muslim, or that 27 percent in the party doubt that the president of the United States is a citizen. But fully half of them believe falsely that the big bailout of banks and insurance companies under TARP was enacted by Obama, and not by President Bush.


  1. I enjoyed the book Don't Think of an Elephant ( I thought that it provided insight on how to discuss things with conservatives.

    However, I have yet to find a book that teaches me how to discuss things with people who have surrendered their ability to think critically in order to maintain a position they are comfortable with, even when faced with the truth.

  2. I'll have to check it out. Watching the debate in the south get more emotional and less responsive (even less than before! which was not very much!) is eliciting some strange feelings. Venerating the Constitution like a holy relic in one hand while trying to take it apart with the other. And there is precious little acknowledgement of the contradiction - it seems enough that it "feels" right. Just like a community centre for Americans who practice Islam "feels" like some kid of a stab in the heart. I hear the distant echo of jackboots, to borrow from Doris Lessing.