I’m often left at a loss for words after reading the letters to the editor in the local paper. The logic used — or more accurately, not used — leaves me sputtering, helplessly wishing I could reply to the writer to explain why he or she is clueless. Since the paper is non-interactive, I think I’m going to start replying to letter writers in this space. It won’t change anything, but it might make me feel a little better.
With that said, here’s the first featured idiot, from the Monday, April 2, 2007 StarTribune. Referring to Rep. Phyllis Khan, the idiot wrote:
“It’s one of the basic principles that the country was founded on, which is no taxation without representation,” she was quoted as saying. But that principle did not stop her from voting for H.F. 946, which increases all kinds of Minnesotans’ taxes without a voter referendum.
This one is pretty obvious: He’s casting a representative as a hypocrite for referring to “no taxation without representation” because she’s voting for tax increases in the course of performing her representative duties rather than turning the issue over to the voters directly.
I’m resigned to the fact that many people are idiots, but I’m left wondering why the Strib bothers to print dreck like this.