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The Partisan Mind

How does the committed partisan handle compelling evidence of, at a minimum, incompetent administration, such as the AG report on the mishandling of the F-35 file? Not by modifying the core belief. That belief is the central organizing principle of his perceptions and thoughts. It must be right. Hence, the evidence is misleading or unpersuasive or ... something. Human ingenuity being as wonderfully dexterous as it is, there are always rationalizations and evasions. The following is an email sent to me, in response to this column, which demonstrates the point nicely:

 

When was the last time that you witnessed a government which was open and transparent?  Not under Trudeau and his elf, Chrétien?  Surely not!
A government would be crazy to open its cards to leftist-liberal press, like vultures, only interested in fostering the incompentent, like what we see in the USA.
The country is doing just fine;  the economy is excellent; the restaurants are full; cars are selling; new jobs, 800 last month are available.  What more do you want?
Put the NDP and Mulcair in government and we will see the lights out; the car without gas; jobs on the decline because we won't be able to drill for oil or for resources, all bad for our way of living in 1880.  Because, with the NDP and its environmentalist progroms, we will be back to the ape age.
With the liberals, we will have enormous financial responsibilities with national programmes of all sort.  And,of course with greasy wheels to keep the monley coming like it was under the liberals of past years.
So, the liberal press is stuck.  It has only the F35 to discuss, even if no contract has been signed.
Poor Harper, his card hand is not revealed.  Poor man, why don't  you tell the world what your are going to inflict upon this poor nation next?  You see, the Press is hungry and it want's so badly to get you out of the way because you are too good for the country; too secretive and the poor newspaper boys don't know your next move.
And, in the meantime, everything you do is suspicious but, the restaurants are full; people's bellies don't lie; and happiness abound.
Funded groups who went their own way according to their political penchant were disbanded which is excellent management because they were fostering their own agenda and not that of the government in power.  But the press is condeming such excellent policies.
THE PRESS SHOULD GET ON BOARD AND FOSTER LOVE OF COUNTRY AND NON PARTISANSHIP ANALYSIS OF THE POLITICAL GOVERNMENT DECISIONS.  EXCEPT IF SUCH POLICIES WERE CONTRARY TO GOOD GOVERNANCE.

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