Timothy Egan, reporter for the New York Times, discusses an issue that mainly targets individuals who follow the political party. In his article, “Idiocy and Advocacy”, he explains how Republicans are engaged in “Political malpractice”. In other words, they are in denial when it comes to the important issues that effect our country and even our world.
Egan has been writing for The New York Times for 18 years as a correspondent and a national enterprise reporter. In 2001, he contributed to the series, “How Race is Lived in America”, winning a Pulitzer Prize. He has also published several books, including “The Worst Hard Time” and “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America.”
This article points out that many politicians are in denial of the very important issues America and the entire world face. Bill Clinton is mentioned as saying, ““We look like a joke. If you’re an American, the best thing you can do is to make it politically unacceptable for people to engage in denial.” Egan puts those politicians who are in denial in the same party as Michelle Bachmann. Many people watched Bachmann make claim that the drug Gardasil was the cause of one girls “mental retardation”. This among many statements made by politicians was cause for outrage to people who recognize that politicians speak too freely. Politicians making ill-informed remarks will only cause bigger issues for Americans. Their opinions misinform the public and everyone should be aware of this issue.
Freely spoken politicians are ignoring the obvious issues we face, like global warming. Egan writes that Republicans are calling this issue a hoax. Credible scientist and researchers can prove global warming is a fact and that our earth is going through some serious changes. We can’t let serious issues slip through cracks or be down sized by politicians who are in denial. Americans are willing to do whatever it takes in order to ensure that the important issues are dealt with. I believe that if we have politicians who are willing to research the facts and consider all ends of the issue, then we would function better as a country.
Below is a direct link to the above article, "Idiocy and Advocacy" by Timothy Egan: