Paradigms: What is known that isn’t so

“Note that this isn’t a question; it is a statement of what the interviewer believes to be a well-known fact. Yet it is an absurd perspective on Obama’s first term, pretty much the opposite of the truth. “

John Hinderaker takes a look at The Marco Rubio Interview, and the Budget Negotiations. One of the more noticed items in a GQ interview with Marco Rubio was a gotcha’ question about the age of the earth. That one is a set up to portray a Republican as an ignorant rube even if his answer was much on line with Obama’s.

John notes that the interviewer also suffered from other problems. The false paradigm and absence of intellectual integrity in much of the surface media was on parade. The example here, that the Republicans have no agenda, is one example. The recent comments by a Democratic Party leader about Republicans being only old white men is another. There is dissonance between how easy it is to show that these ideas are false and the confidence by which they are held as true. The problem the Republicans have is that following the confidence is much easier than assessing the reality.

If you ever wondered how Castro, Chavez, Stalin, and the rest of their ilk gained power, a study of the dissonance John notes should provide clues.

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