Truth follow-up


A few things relevant to my previous post on ontological consensus popped up this morning:

  • Conservatives in Tennessee are demanding that public school curricula be changed to say that “No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.” Apparently the big problem with current curricula is “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.” It’s worth noting that they explicitly cite this as the way to teach “the truth regarding the history of our nation.”
  • In a post about what the GOP is calling “The Repealing the Job-Killing Health-Care Law Act,” Ezra Klein says: “There’s no ‘job-killing’ health-care law. There’s only the health-care bill. And my problem with the modifier ‘job-killing’ isn’t that it’s uncivil, though perhaps it is. It’s that it’s untrue.” Apparently the claim is being made on the back of a CBO report that shows reduced labor, as a result of early retirements, not job elimination. Kind of ironic, since everything else the CBO said about the Affordable Care Act was dismissed by Republicans as obvious partisan hackery.
  • At Balloon Juice, mistermix explicitly pushes back against the Civility Now! drive by noting that honesty is a much more important component of political discourse: “The reason that hundreds of angry people came to town hall meetings in my Congressional district in 2009, and the reason that police had to be present where they had never been before, wasn’t because someone was “uncivil”. It was because their media heroes and party leaders told them a pack of lies about death panels, federal funding for abortions, Medicare being taken away and free insurance for illegal immigrants. The questions that my Congressman took at those hate-filled meetings weren’t reasonable queries about limited government, deficits and healthcare outcomes. They were questions about why he wanted to kill grandma, let the government pay to abort babies, and take away Medicare.”
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