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A New Political Division: Logicals and Illogicals

Tuesday, 24 May 2005 12:00 AM

But since the Republicans have taken over the White House and both houses of Congress, they tend to act more like Democrats. We need a better way to separate political viewpoints, so here's a suggestion: Let's divide people according to whether they think logically – or illogically.

Strange as it may seem, to an Illogical, this is not sloppy research; it is truth. It MUST be truth because everyone that agrees with Mr. Smith, from Al Franken to Molly Ivins, would believe it to be so.

If you're a Logical – fan of Rush Limbaugh's or not – you have to consider whether Rush is truly a hater of women, blacks and gays before you can decide if Mr. Smith's point is well taken. If you listen to Rush's show, you know that his ire is reserved for liberals, regardless of gender, race or sexual preference.

But Mr. Smith is not thinking with his brain; he is using his heart. And his heart tells him that Rush Limbaugh, with whom he does not agree, must be a bigot.

Doubtless, Mr. Smith also accepts the liberal theories of global warming. If we had to guess, we'd suspect that he also believes in "a woman's right to choose." Our guess would be that Mr. Smith thinks "diversity" is very important and that "self-esteem" should be the No. 1 concern in the nation's schools.

Those who think logically have to look at these issues through a different lens. What are the facts about global warming? Do ALL scientists support the theory? Is some global temperature fluctuation normal? Is an unborn child a human being? When should that child be afforded constitutional rights? Is diversity more important than unity? What has actually been accomplished though self-esteem programs?

Indeed, to be a Logical, you can't simply side with the people or the party that you usually favor.

If you vote Republican, you may have a tendency to say that Tom DeLay is the victim of a partisan smear – as Hillary Clinton charged when Bill was having Monica problems. But that wouldn't be logical. If you put the facts on the table, you have to admit that Mr. DeLay has accepted favors from groups that likely were funded by lobbyists. That does not speak well of Mr. DeLay.

However, it turns out that Mr. DeLay is far from the only member of Congress who's taken those all-expense-paid trips – and the majority leader is far from being the top offender. Illogicals will conclude that Tom DeLay is evil and should be punished. Logicals will conclude that our system of lobbying is corrupt and needs to be cleaned up.

And what about the border?

Someone recently wrote in a letter that we shouldn't "hate" illegal aliens or attempt to deport them because "they are hard-working people." Talk about a non sequitur! It does not follow that someone who wants to control the border in these post-9/11 times and who wants to deport those who are in our country illegally are immigrant haters.

Logical thinkers can believe that illegal immigrants are hard workers and that they should be deported, without hating them. Many Republicans, in fact, look at their president's immigration policies and his ideas for normalizing millions of people who have broken the law to enter the United States and do not see the logic.

So go ahead and be logical! Throw out the ideology regarding some of the vital issues of the day! Did George W. Bush steal the election of 2000? Did we invade Iraq under false pretenses? Are we trying to steal oil from the Iraqis? Should any president's nominations to the federal bench be approved or rejected with a simple majority vote?

You can make up your mind by siding with your usual political allies and believe all the talking points. Or you can do your own homework and form your opinion utilizing just the facts. You might be surprised at how some of your opinions will change.

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