A man on a bike was hit by a car. There were two witnesses. One said the cyclist had glanced down at his cell phone and veered into the traffic lane. The other said the driver had swerved into him. No cell phone was ever found at or near the site, but the first witness’s version prevailed. People wanted to believe it. Cyclists weren’t very popular in that town.

Evidence be damned.

That’s a made-up scenario illustrating group think. The following one is true.

A certain US Representative from Colorado coined the term “Ouchy Fauci” for Dr. Fauci. Raise your hand if you think that’s funny. Almost all current Covid cases and deaths are among the unvaccinated.* I wonder if she thinks that’s funny.

Evidence be damned, right?

That particular Representative recently tweeted that Biden had “deployed his Needle Nazis to Mesa County.” The Auschwitz Memorial folks were not amused. And Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill) responded with this. “This is outrage politics that is being played by my party and it’s going to get Americans killed. Our party has been hijacked, my party has been hijacked. It is on its way to the ground, and for some people, it’s a fun ride, right? We can put this outrageous stuff on Twitter ― ‘Yeah, I’m getting all these retweets and everybody knows me, I’m famous’ ― but this plane is gonna crash into the ground.”

Our beloved USA has turned into Crazy Town. I guess we just need to make peace with that.

Except, as I’ve said before, for one thing. There’s this pesky remnant of people on both sides of the aisle who don’t buy into silliness. The apostle Paul said this to Titus. “In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned.” I think we can take a lesson.

If we’re going to take a stand, let’s defend what is sound, not what’s silly or lie-based. There are legit reasons for not being vaccinated; I’m just calling out the embarrassingly ridiculous voices that can, in fact, be deadly.

I know we’re all tired of finger-pointing between the parties, but the politicians I cited above are from the same party. Maybe we should find more common ground party-wise and stand together against silliness.

*Wall Street Journal – July 2021
**Titus 2:7-8

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