we need education reform
Alex Knepper goes to a town-hall meeting, tallies the Nazi references made by angry protesters, witnesses a woman in tears because she’s so certain that Obama’s health reforms will mean her “thrashed” kidney will be the death of her, and concludes:
All in all, I’d have to say that I learned something today: what we need is not health care reform. What we really need is education reform.
Indeed. It’s still stunning to me that people actually believe these things, and are only willing to enter debate in this very crude, visceral way – “ready-to-roll” as Knepper describes it. Like this woman with the kidney:
After the town hall ended, an obese women in a plain white t-shirt attracted the attention of about a dozen reporters. Practically in hysterics, she explained that her liver was thrashed and that under Obama’s plan, she’d be killed off as an unproductive member of society. The woman was bawling her eyes out, the reporters taking in every tear. Nobody wanted to talk about the issues. They wanted their narrative. And they got it.
How did we get to this place? Or have we always been here, only now we have various misinformation super-highways?