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Friday, August 11, 2017

Scott Pruitt: How Conservatives Use Decontextualized Shards Of Truth To Tell HUGE Lies

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There is always disagreement about everything. 

Here is where such disagreement, locked-and-loaded behind philosophical absolutism, leads: 

I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said "Stop! Don't do it!" "Why shouldn't I?" he said. "Well, there's so much to live for!" "Like what?" "Well... are you religious?" He said yes. I said, "Me too! Are you Christian or Buddhist?" "Christian." "Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant ? "Protestant." "Me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?" "Baptist" "Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?" "Baptist Church of God!" "Me too! Are you original Baptist Church of God, or are you reformed Baptist Church of God?" "Reformed Baptist Church of God!" "Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1879, or Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915?" He said, "Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915!" I said, "Die, heretic scum", and pushed him off.
Emo Philips
   
Alan: "Any text without a context is a pretext." 

American "conservatism's" passion for trumpeting isolated "shards of truth" -- deliberately ripped out of context so that "fragments" that seem true while contradicting Truth Itself -- reveals the essential, assiduous, calculating mendacity of The Republican Party

Invisibly fragmented falsehood -- represented-as-truth -- has become American Conservatism's daily bread.

When contemporary conservatives find an "exception to a rule," or a de-contextualized "fact," they crank up The Noise Machine, shouting these misleading monstrosities as if they were God's Truth until dimwit dittoheads assume they have "won the argument" by decibelage alone.

What they have actually done is to degrade Truth by spurning intellectual rigor and honorable epistemology in favor of political pornography camouflaged as cotidian rhetoric.

American "conservatism's" assault on Reason results in the putrefaction of Truth, twisted and mangled so that cherry-picked "shards" reach conclusions that are categorically wrong. 

These conclusions are not just "a little bit wrong" or "moderately wrong."

They are diametrically opposed to Truth. (The popularity of conspiracies theories "from Trump on down" is an indicator of the contempt conservatives have for Truth.)

Anthropogenic global warming, evolution, the posited good of ever lower taxes, the alleged abomination of Obamacare (socialized medicine), the Iraq Iraq, the Vietnam War, dropping the atomic bomb on civilian populations (not once but twice), and the condemnation of gay marriage (as a secular, democratic institution guaranteed by The Constituion's "equal treatment clause") are a few of many issues whose "conservative" manhandling will be proven wrong. 

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