“Everything that irritates us about others can lead
us to an understanding of ourselves.” - Carl Jung
[member of planet atheism and the atheist blogroll.]
Posts tagged Fox News
Bruce Bartlett was an advisor for Ronald Reagan and a treasury official to George H.W. Bush. He’s an extremely intelligent, capable, and well-written individual who is currently on my “who would you like to have coffee with?” lineup. He’s a conservative in a way that most ever conservative should emulate. He knows the facts, can admit error, and seems to be unwilling to sacrifice common sense for ideology.
It is people like Mr. Bartlett that I feel so sorry for. Today, when you say you’re a conservative people immediately have images of Tea Party protesters, Mitch McConnell, John McCain and Sarah Palin. They think of “cut taxes!” “no gay marriage!” “no illegals!” “no terr’rists!” They think of “where’s the birth certificate?!” It’s hard to stand firm for your own political party when so many people are working diligently to make you seem woefully uninformed and anti-intellectual.
This article discusses a topic that I feel is extremely important for the survival of the Republican party: addressing epistemic closure. The cocoon in which so many conservatives live where their only sources of news are FreeRepublic.com, Fox News, talk radio and Tea Party protests— and any and every conflicting fact or idea is immediately labeled as “liberal” or worse-yet, “communist!”
It’s not a sustainable way of life. With the public (and even party leadership) increasingly wearing cognitive biases like merit badges, the Republican party has to change course.