The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 12, 2014

Ignorance is not Bliss

The Commercial-News

---- — Ignorance is not Bliss


Politically speaking, I am a flaming liberal. I welcome a vigorous argument with any of my friends on the other side ... without name calling — smile. However; citing events that have already been debunked is not intellectually honest. Here are a couple of recent examples:

Rush Limbaugh put forth a political argument that the polar vortex in regard to our harsh weather of late was a politically motivated presentation. Limbaugh is not a weatherman and obviously he knows nothing about it. An NBC weatherman schooled him on the matter.

Rand Paul accused unemployed people of taking advantage of the unemployment insurance program — by the way, all workers contribute money into it — and insinuated that they are not looking for work even though the program is checked periodically to ensure applicants are looking . Applicants do not receive aid unless they are looking for work.

There is a consistent ideology put forth by Republicans that people in dire situations are the blame for their circumstances. Shame on the conservative Republicans, constantly denigrating people. Rand Paul’s assertion is false. My mom and Dad always told me to speak less and listen more lest, someone hear my voice and confirm my ignorance.

Nate Cunningham