Why I Dislike Michelle Bachmann
One, as I posted earlier, she wants to interfere in public schooling to enforce an ideological position she does not understand.
Two, she is proving to be a stubborn fool.
Here’s the thing, we are all ignorant about a great deal of things. How does a cell phone work? who was the 7th emperor of the Achaemenid empire? How does a plane fly? In conjunction with our great ignorance is the fact that to be a human being means that you will make mistakes. You will probably make a lot of them. Human beings are incredibly fallible and will make a ton of mistakes. Even me!
But there is that ‘special’ breed of human being that is ignorant–like all of us–but refuses to acknowledge this ignorance and tries to consistently overcompensate and lie to cover their trails for some illusion of competency. This is what Ed Brayton identifies as “virulent ignorance.”
I have long taken the position that there are two kinds of ignorance. The first kind is the mundane kind, the kind we all have, ignorance as a mere lack of knowledge on a particular subject. We are all ignorant of far more subjects than we are knowledgeable of. Ask me to help diagnose a problem with your car and my eyes will glaze over; you may as well ask me about the mating habits of an ancient aboriginal tribe that only 4 people in the world have ever heard of. That is the sort of ignorance we all have on most issues.
But there is another, far more insidious, form of ignorance. This form of ignorance is not merely the lack of knowledge but the systematic accretion in one’s mind of a collection of myths, half-truths and outright falsehoods that gives one the illusion of knowledge. I call this virulent ignorance. For the badly educated, this collection of overly simplistic sound bytes substitutes for actual learning and, once memorized, eliminates the need for actual thinking on the part of those who suffer from it.
We all have regular ignorance. Michelle Bachmann has virulent ignorance which refuses to accept its existence and leads to ignorant opinions which, unfortunately, are always the most inflexible.
By the way, not that Bachmann cares about actual history in the least, John Quincy was a founding father, but his son John Quincy Adams was not, and spent much of his early life over seas as a foreign diplomat. It wasn’t until decades later after his presidency that he really kicked up the fight against slavery. This does not mean that the Constitution or Declaration are not great documents but that the John Quincy Adams had nothing to do with either of them. (I have edited this paragraph for my mistake which was pointed out below, and for clarity. John Quincy Adams did not have anything to do with either document, but his father did sign the Declaration of Independence but not the Constitution.)
Any bets that liar David Barton has been ‘teaching’ Bachmann history again? When are these idiots going to learn that the man is a liar and will only get them in trouble with the public?