When I first moved to the USA back in 1991 I was stunned by the amount of misinformation US citizens had rattling around inside their heads. I was amused to see the corrective Don’t Know Nothing ‘Bout History attempt to correct some of the more obvious errors but that was in the days before Political Correctness ensured that so long as misinformation is deemed to be appropriately progressive it must be treated as Divine Writ (and I speak as a European progressive, not as a brain-dead conservative Republican know-nothing). Today facts don’t matter; all that counts is posturing and whipping your particular base into a frenzy of self-righteousness. Everyone else merely tries to avoid being sued by accidentally saying, writing, or even thinking something that someone, somewhere, may deem contentious. What a world we’ve created for ourselves!

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