[Rushtalk] Colossal Ignorance.....

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Mon Feb 2 17:07:18 MST 2015


Folks, this is what passes for cogent thought in 
my hometown. This is a letter from yesterday's Sunday local paper:

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<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150201/NEWS08/150209961/1003>
Making their dream come true
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150201/OPINION02/150209962/1003>Victims 
of crimes have rights too
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150201/OPINION01/150209964/1003>A 
helping hand to those who help
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150201/NEWS05/150209970/1003>
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<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150201/NEWS05/150209970/1003>
Clinton deciding on how to prepare for a low-key primary
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150201/NEWS05/150209972/1003>
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<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150201/NEWS05/150209972/1003>
Dan River recovering after coal ash spill as fines weighed
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150201/NEWS05/150209973/1003>
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<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150201/NEWS05/150209973/1003>
Regulators prepare rules on payday loans to shield borrowers
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150131/SPORTS04/150139878/1003>
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<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150131/SPORTS04/150139878/1003>
Seahawks 1 win away from 1st Super Bowl repeat in 10 years
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150131/SPORTS02/150139879/1003>
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<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150131/SPORTS02/150139879/1003>
No. 8 Notre Dame falters late in loss to Pitt
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150131/OPINION02/150139883/1003>C-M 
wrestling brothers not mentioned
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150131/SPORTS02/150139880/1003>Glenn 
leads Vulcans past Edinboro
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150201/NEWS08/150209961/1003>
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<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150201/NEWS08/150209961/1003>
Making their dream come true
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150201/OPINION02/150209962/1003>Victims 
of crimes have rights too
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150201/OPINION01/150209964/1003>A 
helping hand to those who help
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150201/NEWS05/150209970/1003>
[]
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150201/NEWS05/150209970/1003>
Clinton deciding on how to prepare for a low-key primary
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150201/NEWS05/150209972/1003>
[]
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150201/NEWS05/150209972/1003>
Dan River recovering after coal ash spill as fines weighed
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150201/NEWS05/150209973/1003>
[]
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150201/NEWS05/150209973/1003>
Regulators prepare rules on payday loans to shield borrowers
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150131/SPORTS04/150139878/1003>
[]
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150131/SPORTS04/150139878/1003>
Seahawks 1 win away from 1st Super Bowl repeat in 10 years
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150131/SPORTS02/150139879/1003>
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<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150131/SPORTS02/150139879/1003>
No. 8 Notre Dame falters late in loss to Pitt
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150131/OPINION02/150139883/1003>C-M 
wrestling brothers not mentioned
<http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150131/SPORTS02/150139880/1003>Glenn 
leads Vulcans past Edinboro
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<http://www.observer-reporter.com/section/OPINION02>Letters to the Editor
Published: January 31, 2015


The public interest under assault

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In Paul Krugman’s Jan. 22 “facts don’t 
matter”commentary, on the emotional denial of 
environmental, health, and economic realities by 
the right, he says Republican rage is “bound up 
with rejecting any role for government that 
serves the public interest.” Fear and ignorance 
of socialism is indeed fueling the irrational hatred of self-government.

Socialism, secular government in the public 
interest, begins with the American Revolution, 
followed by the French and successive 
revolutions. One result: today, two of the 
world’s poorest nations, North Korea and Cuba, 
have universal education and health care, 
important components of governments that serve the public interest.

Contrast that with America where, shortly before 
assuming control of Congress, Republicans 
repealed the anti-bail-out Wall Street law and 
severely underfunded the Internal Revenue Service 
and Environmental Protection Agency, encouraging 
tax cheats and polluters to open businesses 
financed by New York bankers. The GOP will be 
more outraged than its base when the bill for 
this falls due, correctly blaming the federal 
government. Currently they are busy passing more 
anti-socialist legislation, and facts don’t 
matter, particularly the constitutional one 
spelled out for Congress in a Supreme Court 
decision in 1819, formally establishing the 
public interest as the guiding principle in making federal laws.

A basic assumption of the Founding Fathers, 
including Alexander Hamilton, whose twisted 
interpretation led to the Whiskey Rebellion, was 
that popular support for secular government 
serving the public interest replaced loyalty to 
British rule almost overnight through the 
pamphlets of Thomas Paine. But by 1819, the 
spirit of ‘76 was so weak that the purpose of the 
revolutionary generation’s sacrifices needed to 
be codified in the Constitution, now mocked with 
every Republican’s oath of office and assault on 
the public interest. Not only facts don’t matter 
for them, history, cause and effect, common 
decency, international law and opinion, and human 
rights are all trumped by anti-socialism.

Jim Greenwood

Washington
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