Monday, September 14, 2009

Why They Don't Teach Logic in Schools Anymore

Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
Thomas Jefferson

In its never-ending quest to convince us that we need Universal health insurance, the Obama administration is now comparing its plan for mandatory insurance to requirements for car insurance. Judson Berger has already torn this one apart on logic:
I am wondering what the administration is thinking. To avoid mandatory auto insurance in Arizona, I just need to show that I don't use my car. Under Obamacare, can I claim that I don't get sick and therefore don't need insurance? Or is the administration implying that, like a right to health insurance and a home, everyone has a right to a car? Where do Obama's speechwriters come up with this logic? They, like most of this generation, are a product of schools and media which teach students to listen for the soundbite rather than think for themselves, to be a mirror of the urbane rather than a filter of the inane.
The result has meant a vacuum of our political system. Not only is politics full of corruption and immorality, we have lost the ability to detect it. Godly politicians who make moral errors are crucified, while wholesale corrupt politicians with shrewd marketing always survive.
It is time to ignore the slick marketing campaigns and apply business logic to our politicians. If a manager at McDonalds mismanaged funds, he or she would be fired. If your son or daughter was caught cheating in school, you would expect them to get a failing grade for the class. Our politicians should be no different. And yet, we have allowed ourselves to be duped into believing that politics is a game best managed by shifty contrivers, not honest workers. We can no longer afford to operate under such assumptions. it's time to throw the bums out.

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