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Your Letters: The GOP makes a virtue of ignorance

The Republican presidential contest in America looks like a "freak show," says the German paper "Der Spiegel." The candidates vie with one another to spew the most outrageous hard-right positions, denying evolution, while endorsing torture and joking about electrocuting illegal immigrants.

How did a major party in the world's sole superpower become a "club of liars, debtors, betrayers, adulterers, exaggerators, hypocrites and ignoramuses?" These know-nothings are enabled by a U.S. press that is "neutered by the demands of political correctness," so that it can't say what is obvious: these people are daft!

The current favorite, Newt Gingrich, is actually considered an intellectual merely because he can create a sentence with multiple clauses. Scarcely a one has even the most basic grasp of foreign policy. One said Africa is a country, another that the Taliban rule in Libya. Michele Bachmann even criticized Obama for not closing the U.S. Embassy in Iran! There hasn't been a U.S. Embassy there since 1980.

Collectively, they expose a political economic, geographic, and historical ignorance that makes George W. Bush look like a scholar.

The London "Daily Mail" said, "In the gun-toting badlands of America's Hicksville, Tea Party Country," ... "It's considered suspiciously elitist to show any interest in modern science or the world beyond America's borders." "No British MP would dare to offer themselves as town dog catcher, while knowing as little about the world as these presidential candidates."

So, we American voters get to sit back and enjoy this circus passing for a presidential election. It can't possibly end in a GOP victory. Can it?

Lawrence Denny