Truth . . . On Its Own

Lately, I have been meditating on our relationship with the truth. I was reminded this week of a story from my time in undergrad. I was taking a course in political sociology and the subject of political socialization came up. The Open Library at the University of Minnesota defines political socialization as “the process by which people learn about their government and acquire the beliefs, attitudes, values, and behaviors associated with good citizenship.” The conversation continued and as a class, we outlined the ways American society teaches and indoctrinates the citizenry to believe in concepts like American exceptionalism. One of the students asked: “Why does America need to socialize anyone? Why can’t we all as citizens observe America as a polity and a society and just know that it’s good, or the best? Why put our finger on the scale?”

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“gender affirming care”–for children banned in Europe and washington and Oregon parents can be sidestepped if their 12 year opld wants to change–this stuff needs to be regulated by non activists and some long range studies carried out before turning it loose on children. the Nashville trio disrupted a legislative seesion–an “OK Jan 6 iriot”?

Thank you again Jason! But, don’t you think debating about the “truth” of a proposal or proposition requires both sides to agree that (a) A disagreement needs to be pared down to its foundational assumptions. Not easy to do for people who like to default to passion and opinion. (b) Both sides agree that the people most impacted by our disagreement (in your cases, children killed in schools and transgender legislators) deserve a hearing that the other side does not want articulated, (c) cult like devotion (Ala Waco) is like a metastasis that cannot be excised with facts, evidence, careful thought and dispassionate urgings. So sad.


Three elected members of the state legislature in Nashville wanted discussion of their viewpoint of an issue before the legislative body they were elected to, but that was an “OK Jan 6 riot”?? Seriously?

from everything i saw at the time, it was LGBT that outweighed every other consideration…i think the appointment of both President Taylor and Pastor Anderson was a direct pushback towards the perceived increasing openness of Andrews towards LGBT…progressives may not be understanding how conservatives perceive this issue…

oh I thought the best way to have one’s viewpoint discussed was withoutv a mob

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