In Sunday’s Huntsville Times Enjoy section, book reviewer Ann Marie Martin recommends the children’s book “The Georges and the Jewels”, by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley.
Hmm… I remember associating the name Jane Smiley with something bad, so I did a Google search on her name. The FIRST words of the FIRST entry refer to a 2004 Slate article: “The unteachable ignorance of the red states”. Now I remember.
The day George W. Bush was re-elected President of the US, Jane Smiley had an article published at Slate: “Why Americans Hate Democrats - A Dialogue – The unteachable ignorance of the red states”. Here are some thoughts from this ‘eloquent’ writer:
The election results reflect the decision of the right wing to cultivate and exploit ignorance in the citizenry.
Smiley continues on to an intellectually dishonest ‘dialogue’ about how ‘red state’ people are the same kind of people who massacred ‘blue state’ people in Lawrence, Kansas during the Civil War. Why do I say she is intellectually dishonest? Because Lawrence, Kansas was founded by abolitionist Republicans like Eli Thayer. Read the Slate article and you’ll wonder how this woman ever received a PhD, much less why she is allowed to teach school.
Here is how ignorance works: First, they put the fear of God into you—if you don’t believe in the literal word of the Bible, you will burn in hell. Of course, the literal word of the Bible is tremendously contradictory, and so you must abdicate all critical thinking, and accept a simple but logical system of belief that is dangerous to question…
The history of the last four years shows that red state types, above all, do not want to be told what to do—they prefer to be ignorant. As a result, they are virtually unteachable.
Offended yet, Bible-thumpers? How about you “do not want to be told what to do” ignorant libertarians? Here’s where she goes Commie:
A generation ago, the big capitalists, who have no morals, as we know, decided to make use of the religious right in their class war against the middle class… They are predatory and resentful, amoral, avaricious, and arrogant… Can the Democrats appeal to such voters? Do they want to? The Republicans have sold their souls for power.
Class warfare. Yeah, I’ll go right out and buy her children’s book… Here’s some more ‘eloquence’:
…red state types love to cheat and intimidate… they are borne of hubris and hatred…
Read the book? I don’t have to stir up a pile of horse manure to know that it stinks…
I’m left wondering about the apparently unteachable ignorance of The Huntsville Times. The book reviewer was at best INCURIOUS (which should be an insult to a newspaper), at worst sympathetic to Smiley’s viewpoint. This is an example of what I mean when I say the stench of liberalism permeates The Times.
Don’t even get me started about the stench of the Pulitzer…