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Political Mythology in the Classroom


An e-mail:

I’m a “nontraditional” (read, 40 yr old) grad student in counseling…a conservative fish in a sea of liberalism! The lie was brought up in class yesterday, and Sen. Chambliss was roundly condemned for being so hateful in his ads against Max Cleland. I didn’t speak up loudly enough, partly because I’m already viewed as the class bigot since I’m not a bleeding-heart.

It is amazing how this lie has such legs. It is such an easy meme to think of the mean white businessman picking on the brave vet who is maimed and can’t defend himself. My classmates don’t realize how biased it really is to look at Cleland as weak and helpless. Chambliss treated him as neither and has been pilloried ever since.