Sunday, February 17, 2013

Some anti-GOP stuff

I've linked, often favorably, to a lot of pieces about the GOP's problems and need to reform. I didn't always agree with the pieces, but thought they had substance worth considering. By contrast, here's one that's just empty sneering: "Scientology for Rednecks: What the GOP Has Become," by Michael S. Lofgren.

It's not really worth reading, but even with that headline, there was no way to be sure of that in advance. And as I'll discuss in my upcoming column, it's important not to insulate yourself from potentially disagreeable information. I've been surprised, occasionally, when people I thought appreciated that principle turned out to be unable to handle dissension, after all.


Ray Haupt said...

That article is interesting in that it shows a distinct mean streak on the part of the author, Michael Lofgren. He equates the GOP to the worst aspects of Scientology and makes sneering reference to "rednecks" as if he is in some way above them intellectually and morally. One gets the impression that Lofgren thinks that Republicans are sore losers but his rhetoric reveals him to be even worse ... a sore winner with no trace of magnanimous impulse. On the contrary, he and many other left leaning pundits and politicians have maintained election rhetoric well after their victory with no room for dissenting opinion. The reader comments listed below that HuffPo article are equally course.

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." ~ Aristotle

Kenneth Silber said...

My sentiments precisely, Ray.

BTW you have a lot of interesting PhACT events upcoming. I've contemplated attending the James Randi one, though logistically that's not likely at moment, unfortunately.