Friday, July 31, 2009

Republicans - Fighting Mad at Facts

Current polling shows that

58 percent of Republicans sympathize with the far-right birthers. Twenty-eight percent don’t believe that President Obama was born in the U.S., and another 30 percent aren’t sure. The birther sentiment was strongest amongst people older than 60 and people living in the South.
We have a right to our opinions, but that is not to be confused with a right to an alternate reality. Surely there are close calls, where it's difficult to perceive the boundary between judgment and fact; but the location of Barack Obama's birth and the validity of his eligibility to serve as president is not among these.

We're not going to get anywhere as a society or as a species unless we agree to proceed on the basis of a shared reality. This begins with embracing as many of the non-close calls as we can possibly find.

Don't think I'm heartless. Reality does induce pain now and then. I get it. I can relate.

We live in a world in which buzzards feast on dead and decaying flesh, people die of curable diseases, people willingly throw away their lives for a god that you consider to be non-existent (or at best a false pretender), and ... wait for it ... Barack Hussein Obama is the lawfully elected president of the United States. All of these things are true.

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