In the age of Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts”, do facts still matter? Of course they do. People are free to ignore facts if they choose, however, in time the consequences of their ignorance will come due. Ignorance may be bliss, but bliss doesn’t last forever.
Many of President Trump’s supporters, including a substantial number of Congressmen and Senators, subscribe to conspiracy theories and false narratives that Trump perpetuates.
Recently, Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana, a highly educated lawyer, speculated that Ukraine, not Russia, was responsible for interfering in our 2016 election. A strange observation, considering all of our intelligence agencies, as well as the Senate Intelligence Committee, have concluded that Russia was the culprit.
Unfortunately, our president doesn’t like that conclusion, he much prefers the alternative narrative that Ukraine is to blame.
Coincidentally, Russia likes the Ukrainian version too. According to our intelligence agencies, Russia is responsible for creating it.
So here we are again, in a sad state of chaos, while an entire political party puts more credence in Russia than the combined conclusions of the CIA, the NSA, and the FBI.
James Carr, Lima