Yes, facts matter

Nov 25, 2019 by

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Contrasting letters in the Nov. 11 issue stated reasons why people should or should not support the Trump administration. All of these issues are real and should be discussed, but I am not sure how you can have a discussion with people who are unwilling to discuss the facts.

The most serious problem facing this country and Christianity is the belief that facts no longer matter. When Donald Trump refused to admit that some of the internet narratives during the 2016 election were false, and instead begin referring to factual information as “fake news,” the loss of truth began. Then, when a sizable minority of the people in this country believed him, or pretended his lies didn’t matter because he said he was opposed to abortion, it created a bigger problem — a “cold civil war.”

We cannot function well in a world where facts do not matter. If facts don’t matter, why even have laws and regulations? Let’s all just make our own rules and laws, because “only what I believe matters.” We can then run the U.S. like parts of Afghanistan, and you can hope you have a benevolent warlord, one who won’t require you, your wife or your daughter to have an abortion. If you allow a leader to be untruthful and dishonest, at some point you will suffer the consequences, regardless of the great promises the leader made. You may want to appreciate your freedom while you still have it.

Dave Jantzen

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