Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Ignoring Reality

It’s important that every voter explore a wide range of information, and learn to think critically about what they read or hear.

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted: “I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

Trump supporters seem to be incapable of questioning Trump’s tweeded fictitious propaganda.  Consequently, we’re no longer just divided by political ideology, but also by the fact that Trump supporters have decided to ignore reality.  We've reached a dangerous point in our politics where people are divided not just by different political ideologies, but also by their belief in reality.

By not reading, listening and viewing from a variety of sources, we demonstrate a lack on intellectual curiosity.  The purpose of education should be to develop critical thinking, which enables a person to evaluate all sources and come to reasonable conclusions.

Public Policy Polling is known for putting out highly accurate polling on key issues.  Recent polling showed that Donald Trump’s supporters are living in a different reality.

Nearly 40 percent of Trump’s supporters believe the stock market has gone down under the Obama administration, despite the fact that it’s nearly doubled during his tenure.

When asked by PPP about the unemployment rate, Trump supporters believe more people are unemployed, even though the jobless rate has gone from 7.8 percent in January 2009 to 4.6 percent last month.  Actually, 67 percent of Trump voters think it’s increased.

Forty percent of Trump voters continue to believed that Hillary Clinton lost the popular vote, despite the fact that her margin over Trump has exceeded 2.8 million votes.

Those results clearly show what Donald Trump’s conspiracy-driven campaign has done to our politics and how he has been able to convinced his supporters that the world as it is doesn’t really exist.


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