Columnist Kevin Foley, who, for some unknown reason, has been given a bully pulpit in this newspaper, thinks his job is to insult and condemn anyone who is not an Obama disciple. That much is obvious, since insults, innuendos, labeling and name calling are the things of which his writings consist. What is not known is why he is allowed to continue. It is almost as if nobody in the paper reads what he writes before it is thrown out for public consumption.
His latest column was an unacceptable affront to free-thinking people, including conservatives and liberals. He pronounces that those who hold beliefs contrary to his own are the victims of a condition known as “epistemic closure,” a term used properly to describe advanced “confirmation bias.” However, when used by certain political hacks, it is employed to describe those who are not easily swayed by faux evidence, pre-conceptual research and manufactured data. The antonyms for epistemic closure would include uncertainty, gullibility, lack of conviction, ignorance and confusion.
I submit that Obama disciples, who are willing to overlook and minimize such things as “Fast and Furious,” the Benghazi travesty, the IRS failures, the wholesale spying on the American people and the free press, the arming of our enemies, the growing evidence of voter fraud in the last election, the uncontrolled spending by this administration and countless other atrocities, are as guilty of being the victims of epistemic closure as those who cling to the belief that Obama is not qualified to be president, whether by birth or by experience.
The latter, of course, is no longer up for debate. It has been proven time and again.
Nettie Helen Stemm