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September 20, 2012

My Favorite Example of Cognitive Dissonance

Filed under: Commentary — Tags: , , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 9:05 PM

Craig T. Nelson, an actor who can best be remembered from me having you read his name at the beginning of this sentence, was being interviewed by an apparently bored and disinterested Glenn Beck. He had this brilliant insight to offer to the political discourse: “We are a Capitalistic Society, okay. I go into business. I don’t make it. I go bankrupt. They’re not gonna bail me out. I’ve been on food stamps and welfare. Anybody help me; out? No.”

Does Mr. Nelson understand who the government is that’s helping him, what the source of that government help is, and why the government is willing to help him? Does he not understand that ours is a government of the People, by the People, and for the People? It’s We the People who helped him, by giving him some of our tax money, and we do it because we don’t want to see people starve to death in the streets because they ran into some bad luck. We even offer help in trying to find a job and, if you really need it, we even offer affordable housing.

Now, you might have felt embarrassed and humiliated having to go to your state government office and apply for the benefits, but look at it this way. You only had to tell your story to a few people to get our help. We spared you the indignity of having to go up to each and every one of us and ask for our money, which is, after all, what you’re applying to get. One might say we didn’t have to do it that way, but in reality we did, because of who we are as a nation, and what kind of people we are. We care about each other, and we recognize that America is a group effort, not the accidental result of self-centered efforts.

Oh, and Mr. Nelson? You’re welcome!



  1. What a fucking maroon.

    Comment by Zooey — September 20, 2012 @ 9:36 PM

  2. That is so annoying! Ugh! Thanks for sharing–I needed my daily dose of face palming

    Comment by echoes of critical thought — September 25, 2012 @ 3:20 PM

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