Encountering Sheer Loopiness and Indecipherable Twaddle

Barb Wire

Not being a mental health professional, I have never actually listened to a conversation with a genuine loon, much less tried to hold one. But going by what I’ve read, I heard the next closest thing this afternoon on my car radio.

It was a Bernie Sanders voter.

Now you can say things that are wrong, or misinformed, or intentionally deceptive, or even evil, and they will still make some kind of sense to your hearer. What you say may madden someone, maybe even provoke him to take a swing at you–but at least he will have some idea of what you’re driving at.

Not so this woman on the radio.

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I have never heard an ostensibly sane person say such loopy things. I suspect a college education was at work: she took to heart the teaching that words mean whatever you want them to mean. So most of what came out of her mouth was pure indecipherable twaddle. Like, Question: What do you mean when you say you’re a progressive? Answer: “As a progressive, I reject all the labels, all those categories that keep people apart…” What’s that supposed to mean?

I listened for upwards of 20 minutes, and this is about the closest I can come to describing her position: “It’s the System that is bad, it’s corporations that keep people from loving each other–” please don’t ask me what she meant by that–“and when we get rid of all the barriers and categories and there are no more countries and there’s just one government for the whole world, it’s gonna be great, great, great!” I admit I have probably made her more coherent than she really was.

It’s distressing to think there are millions of such persons out there, all armed with votes.

But this is what I mean when I say college is destroying America.

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Lee Duigon
Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com.

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