Monday, February 20, 2012

SERIOUSLY?

I do not normally watch such programs as Face the Nation--not out of disinterest in the political world but because it seems such a terrible way to spend a Sunday morning. I did, however, for some reason watch a recorded version of the interview with the current Republican "front-runner" Rick Santorum. And the only thing I could think to myself as it went along, and as it ended, and as supposedly smart reporters discussed it in retrospect, was: Seriously?

I mean, do we take seriously a man who wants to put an end to public education in America, whether federal or state? He seems to envision a return to the small, local schoolhouse of the 19th century, or to home-schooling, whereby parents make decisions about what is fit to teach and how it is to be taught. Seriously? He makes a thinly veiled attack on President Obama's supposed religious beliefs in the absurdly misplaced context of prenatal testing, no more informed or creditable than those catering to the malign or ignorant doubts about the president's nationality. He accuses the president of promoting abortion--to save money! He trots out the canard about climate change, insisting that it is not man-made, and that to assert otherwise is to "serve the Earth" instead of acting in a "stewardship" capacity--by exploiting it for the benefit of our superior species. His science seems derived from Old Testament teachings, his reasoning ability from pre-Enlightenment days.

Seriously?

And the problem is far greater and more alarming than just this one deluded individual pandering to those on the far right wing of conservatism, and far greater than the fact that he has reached front-runner status amongst Republican voters. The problem, as I see it, is that this kind of nonsense is discussed by our media representatives as though it made some kind of sense. They do it too much honor. I try to respect the Buddhist principle of "right speech," but right speech does not, surely, include condoning those who lie, or speak half-truths, or simply utter palpable delusions. Right speech, as I see it, requires that I expose such things, when I hear them, for what they are--whether malicious or simply ignorant. Right speech does not require me to remain silent in the face of the demonstrably untrue, but rather to speak out.

Seriously.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well written Peter. From across the pond it not without dismay we follow events leading to November this year - if you have not already done so I suggest you look up

http://secularhumanist.blogspot.com/2012/01/rick-santorum-and-opus-dei.html

and other similar sites on subject of your excellent blog today!!!!

Anonymous said...

Excellent Peter. Alarming to read
http://secularhumanist.blogspot.com/2012/01/rick-santorum-and-opus-dei.html

and similar sites on subject of your blog!!

Michael

Rick said...

Oh dear ... *facepalm*

I can't believe people follow this man. A tremendously divisive politician.

CHI SPHERE said...

Does he live in another world; the world of his imagination? Surely not in the reality outside his strange circle/triangle of deception.

CHI SPHERE said...

Santorum's extremist views on contraception are essentially those of Opus Dei.