Last week, Time published an article of pseudoscientific claptrap by a Washington psychoanalyst titled “The Root of Mitt Romney’s Comfort With Lying.”
He does cite one example — Romney’s conclusions drawn from “The Escape Artists,” a book by Noam Scheiber. Romney’s takeaway from the book is that the Obama administration knew it was sacrificing economic recovery when it focused instead on health care reform. The book’s author says that’s the wrong takeaway — but looking closely at the passages cited, it’s not an unreasonable conclusion.
Schreiber doesn’t really accuse Romney of lying — he merely quibbles with Romney’s wording. But it’s enough for Time’s Frank.
There it is.
Mitt Romney is a liar because he was born and raised in the Mormon religion.
Frank’s arguments aren’t just mean, they’re deeply offensive. His essay is a perfect example of the incivility Americans are tired of.
The study itself adds that “a rancorous political environment is primarily responsible for driving a ‘national civility disorder’ and most Americans say politics is increasingly uncivil, complicating resolution of major issues and deterring qualified people from entering public service.”
Frank’s column shows just how destructive and discouraging the public conversation can become. Time magazine should be ashamed of itself for publishing it.
“Now is the time for Americans to be standard bearers for civil discourse,” another of the study’s authors, Jack Leslie, says. “We need to demonstrate to the next generation that people can hold different points of view, reach compromise, and treat opponents with dignity. To maintain our democratic and open society, we must find common ground.”