We had several disputes in the commentary section of several posts this week. In the interest of keeping things easily followed, I figured I would address two of them here.
The first dealt with an assertion that public polling shows that a majority of Americans are not happy with the direction of the country. The resulting data from this poll was never really in doubt, it was the conclusion(s) drawn from this data that led to an assertion that this means people are turning toward “conservatives” and/or the Republican Party. Well, here’s the catch. Recent polling also shows that the majority of people dissatisfied with the direction of the nation do not connect the direction to Obama or Obama’s policies. This also accounts for the vacillations in Obama’s approval ratings. The only reasonable conclusion that can be drawn from this disconnect within the American population is that any conclusion that people are turning from the Left to the Right cannot be supported by the cited polling data: it must be “assumed.”
The second issue dealt with the anonymous Democrat’s letter to the editor titled “Proud to be an American.” One RNL reader said that SNOPES “debunked” it. The commenter also declared the letter parody. In reality, SNOPES confirmed that this letter was real, then – true to LIBERAL form – SNOPES editorialized, saying THEY think it was satire. The problem here is, for a site dedicated to “debunking” internet myths; SNOPES was deliberately creating an internet myth. There is no evidence that the letter in question was intended to be satire, so SNOPES shouldn’t have commented on it. That they did is actually an indication of the political agenda behind the SNOPES staff. Real reporting or “debunking” would have simply stated the letter was actually published in the paper mentioned on the date mentioned and left it at that.
Finally, it was firmly established that I cannot spell to save my life and that fellow contributors, Augger and Texas, have volunteered to do their best to follow-up behind me, policing my prolific misspelling wherever and whenever they find them.