Letter: Letter shows ‘sophistry and factual oblivion’
I found Mr. David McCreary’s letter ("At war with reality and reason," Sept. 8 Readers Write) enlightening. Mr. McCreary’s diatribe is one of the best examples of pure sophistry that I have encountered in some time. He manages to malign many good people in both Mathews and Gloucester with a claim of "truth bearing any inspection." He describes "the Tea Party and their ilk" as far-right conservatives, further claiming they are at war with reality, reason, as well as science. He further claims, "there is no reasoning with these people." Mr. McCreary’s descriptions include members of Congress as "treasonous-level crazy." All of this comes about, I imagine, because others have the audacity to hold a different opinion. Mr. McCreary obviously believes he has the sole ability to determine what is best for the rest of us. He fervently advocates truth, reality and reason, while being totally unaware or dismissing completely the importance of factual evidence.
Mr. McCreary manages to reduce current events to a Texas textbook controversy and an auto mechanical analogy, where he again demeans Fox News, fundamentalist pastors and takes another swipe at the Tea Party. He further cites an effort by subversives in Mathews County to undermine life and liberty by objecting to Agenda 21.
Whenever I encounter such sophistry and factual oblivion, I thank my Creator for the Constitution, or system of law, and yes, the clarity of science fact, there is hope still. Mr. McCreary expended nearly 500 words in an absurd diatribe that dismisses what he supposedly claims to support. I do, however, agree with Mr. McCreary’s premise, "stupidity is bi-partisan."
Fortunately, Sue Sherrill’s letter properly deals with the Agenda 21 issue and did so factually. As to Mr. McCreary’s various allegations, may I offer a quote of Ayn Rand that appears particularly poignant—"you can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of reality." With over $14 trillion of debt, another $1.5 trillion soon expected and a chief executive that advocates spending another one-half trillion dollars, obviously reality has a different interpretation. With wealthy American citizens and huge wealthy corporations exiting America, it appears that consequences of avoiding reality may be upon us.
Port Haywood, Va.