On feel­ings and facts

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky stated in his guest col­umn a re­sound­ing truth, that re­search shows many peo­ple re­spond to an ap­peal to emo­tions rather than facts. In re­cent years the gut is­sues have been to the right of cen­ter. Abor­tion is seen as mur­der, not a woman’s re­pro­duc­tive rights. The prayer in schools is­sue is felt as a re­jec­tion of God in­stead of a con­sti­tu­tional vi­o­la­tion. Gay mar­riage is viewed as a col­lapse of moral val­ues in­stead of equal rights un­der the law. EPA reg­u­la­tions are felt to be an in­va­sion of gov­ern­ment into a free so­ci­ety, not pro­tect­ing the planet. Food stamps are seen as tak­ing care of the lazy, not feeding the hun­gry, and the list could go on.

What will change th­ese per­cep­tions when they are be­ing fed from the board­rooms to the pul­pit? This an­gry pas­sion seems to blind re­ally good peo­ple and ex­plains why the ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans dis­ap­prove of the pres­i­dent’s first-month per­for­mance while 60 per­cent of Arkansans ap­prove.

Trump’s agenda and its au­thor­i­tar­ian im­ple­men­ta­tion have de­vel­oped pas­sions not seen on the pro­gres­sive side in a very long time. Whether the scenes from re­cent town-hall meet­ings and the marches will lead to Tea Party Left is not ab­so­lute. The great di­vide in this coun­try seems stronger than ever, rem­i­nis­cent of strug­gling Third World coun­tries.

One thing is clear—feel­ings do seem to out­weigh facts.



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