by Geezer Power ….6:00 pm
Ronald, who poses as an intellectual on the JREF forum fancies himself as a defender of truth, while contradicting the majority of the American people and almost all the people in the rest of the world. He is what might be called a pseudoskeptic in the true intellectual world, but personally I would say that he is Not even wrong.
In a more rational world, a mass delusion that gripped millions of citizens of the strongest, richest, and most technologically advanced nation would set off alarm bells in the citadels of culture. The guardians —— thinkers, teachers, writers, print and electronic media —— would recognize their duty and rise to meet the crisis. Here, in Twenty—First Century America, a sizable segment of the voting population believes that the President promoted a ruinous war through a deliberate policy of lies and deception, and the loudest cries of ‘Burn the witch!’ are coming from the intelligentsia.
Confronting irrationality is an unrewarding business. People believe strange things because they want to. A quirky notion is a security blanket, a battered recliner —— an object fraught with so much emotional baggage that the gentlest suggestion to throw it out provokes snarling resistance. Children often cling to a belief in Santa after they have matured past the innocent embrace of magic and logical impossibilities. Embarrassingly, many Democrats are willing to maintain a similar belief that George Bush misled the nation, even though five minutes’ reflection should suffice to reveal the almost surreal implausibility of it all.
This goes beyond audacity —— this is delusional. Everywhere, liberals and leftists are inhaling deeply, inflating their lungs in preparation for the salutary roar, ‘BUSH LIED!’ I will therefore assert again, very clearly, that nobody is actually prepared to defend the proposition that George Bush took this nation to war knowing that there were no WMDs in Iraq.