I think I may be a sucker.
Someone drops political bait, and I can be pretty much counted upon to bite. It happened last week when one of my students called the President a “pinhead” (gee, I wonder where he got THAT witty label) and again when someone responded idiotically to a question about the Koch brothers’ obsession with making sure that young people opt out of buying health insurance that I posted on Alan Greyson’s facebook page. It happened again when a friend posted an intellectually dishonest (and factually incorrect) post about someone losing her healthcare coverage.
I probably should know better. I mean, really; how many times can I beat myself bloody against the brick walls of people who refuse to even ENTERTAIN the idea that there might be a different way of understanding something? My problem, though, is that I’m a teacher, so my very EXISTENCE is predicated on the idea that people CAN learn, that evidence thoughtfully and respectfully presented deserves to be thoughtfully and respectfully considered, and that, when evidence disproves a position, that position should be abandoned.
Silly, SILLY Chili!
I was going to transcribe the conversation for you, but it appears that most of it has been removed from the post. I guess that tells me everything I need to know about the quality of that discussion, huh?