A Waste of Money—Theirs
I invite readers offended by some of your ads to think of them as doubly beneficial [“Letters,” Sept. 24]. They provide the left much-needed financial support. They also divert funds away from nefarious projects. It’s hard to imagine that the ads would have any impact on Nation readers.
The Truth? They Can’t Handle the Truth
Re “The Post-Truth Party” [Sept. 24]: The blatant falsehoods being spouted by Retro Romney and Ryan are all part of their campaign’s money-fueled calculation that the electorate is half asleep and that facts don’t matter. Let’s hope they are routed on election day, and the money-changers are chased from the political temple before they abscond with our democracy.
BARBARA ALLEN KENNEY
The Dalles, Ore.
I shook my head in disbelief at your “Post-Truth” editorial. You correctly point out that Republicans don’t care much about facts, but you do not understand that about half the voting public also doesn’t care. And you don’t understand how to relate to voters. For you to contend that “The best way to unmask the GOP” is with “economic straight talk” is at best naïve and at worst just plain stupid. As a former trainer and lecturer, I know one must present the subject so that every person understands “where am I in this picture?” Consider Wisconsin: 46 percent of union households voted to retain Scott Walker. Why? Failure to communicate. Wisconsin is a harbinger of the upcoming national elections. Another tidbit: about half of seniors on Social Security and Medicare don’t understand they are in federally supported programs. With the Citizens United decision, any election is for sale. Money and BS rule!
“The Post-Truth Party” opines that the GOP knows it is “going to need big lies to win.” There is confusion here between lies and delusions. Lying is knowingly falsifying in order to manipulate. Deluding is unknowingly falsifying to satisfy an unconscious emotional need. Delusions are unconscious concoctions. Delusional people don’t know they’re being destructive; they believe they’re being constructive. The Romney/Ryan policies seem to be based on delusions that will destroy government rather than reform it.
AUGUSTUS F. KINZEL, MD
Songs of the Voiceless
Thank you, Wick Sloane, for “I Hear America Singing” [Sept. 24], featuring community college students’ poetry. Sometimes I don’t even have time to read my magazines. This morning, I just flipped through The Nation as I walked to my office and was overcome by the poetry. I love to see and hear the voices of the too often voiceless. Thank you for speaking about your students. Thank you for sharing their beauty. I will keep this issue forever.