Saturday, June 02, 2007

Why Is Leading By Faith Is So Compelling?

A friend of mine pointed me to this article written by one of the GOP faithful:
While no stone should be left unturned in seeking to discover the nature of man’s origins, we can say with conviction that we know with certainty at least part of the outcome. Man was not an accident and reflects an image and likeness unique in the created order. Those aspects of evolutionary theory compatible with this truth are a welcome addition to human knowledge. Aspects of these theories that undermine this truth, however, should be firmly rejected as an atheistic theology posing as science.
I see, generations of scientists who have worked to preserve the objective, empirical research based discovery of facts are now turning over in their graves. You see, for folks like this republican Senator are willing to forgo truths that are contrary to what they believe. Fundamentally, this is the trouble with faith based leadership as truth is often discarded because it proves their beliefs to be false.

But, even more irksome and troubling for America are those who would choose to believe what they like, and ignore the facts that prove other wise. For example, this whole idea that Korea is like Iraq. People who suggest long term bases in Iraq are a good idea forget that North Korea invaded South Korea with an Army. Insurgents, who look much like the natives, were not the modus operandi there. To make this Korea/Iraq parallel is a red herring:
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and a senior U.S. commander said yesterday that they favor a protracted U.S. troop presence in Iraq along the lines of the military stabilization force in South Korea.
What is the compelling argument that we ignore the facts that prove things like surges are really not working:
The bombs are known as improvised explosive devices, or I.E.D.’s, and the Pentagon has formed a “Joint I.E.D. Defeat Organization” to combat the users. But in an interview on Friday, the director of that group said he recognized that the threat could not truly be defeated.

“It can be mitigated, minimized, made into a nuisance,” said the director, Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs, a retired Army officer who took over the project in December 2005. “This is a very tough problem.”

The total of American deaths in April and May was the highest of any two-month period since the war began, and the 80 percent ratio caused by makeshift explosives is higher than it has ever been, up from 50 percent in January.
Now shut up people, go back to your television sets and anticipate the next voting sessions of American Idol...effectively anesthetized, we are a sorry lot when we conveniently ignore the facts.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Bitch-slapped by reality

''[W]e are a sorry lot when we conveniently ignore the facts.''