Smith: The Ship of Fools

The Associated Press / Violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump storm the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

"There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to accept what is true," wrote Soren Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher and theologian (1813-1855). His two ways to be fooled accurately describe our citizens' dilemma as they grapple with news of the Capitol breach by fringe ideologues, allegedly disciples of President Donald Trump.

We depend on our news media to report the truth. However, they often do not, and it has never been more obvious than the hateful and one-sided reporting during the last four years of the Trump administration.

Given so many false narratives, and so many truths suppressed, it is understandable that many Americans believe what is not true. They are among Kierkegarrd's "fooled." Those people are generally in the left-leaning element of American society - idealistic young people, many journalists, academic elites, socialists, Marxists, Utopians who never grew up, and those who believe this country is so fundamentally flawed it cannot be salvaged.