VERN’S VIEW: The destruction of reason

The recent expostulating of GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum exposes his inner workings and how he now represents the extreme of the extreme in the willful destruction of America’s intellect. Here is a man with three college degrees including a law degree calling the president of the United States a snob because he would like everyone to have the "opportunity" to have a college education.

Then, the Pennsylvania panderer to the tea party proceeds to tell us that college professors will brainwash our young people seeking enlightenment (and a chance for a better life) because they are liberal.

My question to Santorum is, “Who brainwashed you?”

In related news, Olympia Snowe, one of the few shining beacons of reason in the Republican Party and the United States Senate, decided she’d had enough of the divisive rancor and party line politics and recently called it quits. Her distinguished service will be greatly missed as yet another voice of reason and compromise leaves our government. One can only go forth with crossed fingers and wonder who will replace her from either major party. Or will an independent compromise candidate be elected to the seat which Snowe so graciously and intelligently filled?

Al Gore wrote a book titled "The Assault on Reason." Whether or not you approve of his politics, there are many, many examples of how our national intellectual strengths are being supplanted by extremist politics from both sides of the aisle, but especially from the right wing. The tea party hadn’t become a political entity when Gore wrote his book, but if they had, I venture the title would be closer to the title of this column.  There are chapter titles such as “The Politics of Fear," “The Politics of Wealth," “The Assault on the Individual” and “Blinding the Faithful."

By adding the ultimate corporate operative, Mitt Romney, to the presidential election process followed by the ultimate intellectual dwarf, Newt Gingrich, you have a collection of candidates who pervert facts, distort truth, make rude and crude accusations with no merit or supporting evidence against not only this president, but against so-called liberal Supreme Court justices while the conservative justices plunder the election process with scandalous decisions such as Gore v. Bush and Citizens United v. FEC.

OK, politics is a dirty business and no holds are barred … or so every insider says. But look at what this behavior has done to our nation’s coherence and cohesiveness. We the people have been truly assaulted by lies and stupidity from politicians and pundits, who only want more of our money and try to sell us stuff we don’t need in the process.  Does it have to be this way? Are we destined for another Civil War because we can’t remember how to be civil and truthful with one another?

In my opinion, the American people must rise above the slime of the political process and elect those who have our best interests in mind instead of their own.

Turner is a retired teacher and industrial engineer who lives near Marble Falls. He is an independent columnist, not a staff member, and his views do not necessarily reflect those of The Tribune or its parent company. "The Voter’s Guide to National Salvation" is a newly published e-book from Turner. You can find it at He can be reached by email at

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