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Jeffrey Jena is all about critical thinking skills:
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If I could wave a magic wand and change anything about the good old U.S. of A. tomorrow I wouldn’t fix the economy or get us out of Iraq and Afghanistan. I wouldn’t wish away the Obama budget or Nancy Pelosi. I wouldn’t even mystically make our borders secure or stop the assault on the sanctity of human life. The one thing I would change is to give everyone in the country a massive dose of critical thinking skills. I would make it the number one priority of things to be taught in schools. I believe if I could fix this problem all the others would fix themselves.

Fair enough!  We could all stand a little bit of the old “think twice type once.”  A little contemplation and fair-mindedness is exactly what our discourse needs.  Preach it, Jeff!

Ms. Lowey said that, “Mexican Drug Cartels are operating in 239 cities in the United States.” The idea behind that talking point is to shock and horrify you with the vision of drug lords invading the country so that you’ll be willing to give up your right to own a gun! Stop reading for a minute and think about that statement and make a list of all the things that you might question if you have functional critical thinking skills.

Here are a few of my critical thinking questions. How did these violent drug criminals get into the country? Are they here illegally? Does that make them illegal immigrants? Would their children be eligible for in-state college tuition under the Dream Act if they stay here long enough? If a policeman or border patrol agent shot one of these illegal immigrant, assault weapon owning drug dealers in the backside who would end up in prison?

239 is a very exact number which makes me think that some very exacting police and DEA work has been done to arrive at this number. What are the 239 cities? Wouldn’t these drug cartel guys sort of stand out in Provo, Utah (207th largest city in the US) or in Olathe, Kansas, (206th largest city in the US). Are they only operating in those cities? Do we know who any of these people are? If we know they are here and we know who they are, why don’t we arrest them? Are they working only with other illegal immigrants or are there American citizens involved. Why aren’t they under arrest? I could go on, but I think you get the idea. There have been a number of our laws broken already but if we could just ban these assault weapons all these other laws could somehow be enforced.

She was just reciting talking points.  And she failed to answer all these questions, none of which were actually asked, and all of which can be answered with five minutes of surfing the DEA and DOJ websites.

Here is the map of cities reporting Mexican cartel operations.  I found it in about five seconds.  Provo, UT is on the list, Olathe, Kansas is not.  Nobody ever said it was the 239 largest cities, just that there were 239 cities.  And anyone who’s spent much time in how-dare-you-call-it-flyover America knows that there are many towns of 50,000 to 200,000 people with significant gang problems.

Here are the DOJ strategic findings addressing most of the rest of Mr. Jena’s questions.  Here are the DEA’s similar findings.

I agree that giving every man, woman, and child critical thinking skills would be nice, but perhaps that’s too ambitious.  Maybe we should start smaller and just ask for googling skills.

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Written by dieblucasdie

March 31, 2009 at 8:07 pm

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