The comments on them have been pithy and insightful, whiny and demeaning, incorrect and uninformed and off-topic and irrelevant. This post on the Senator’s position on the UN Small Arms Treaty deals with the incorrect and uninformed position that Senator Corker has not and will not make known his position on the UN Arms Trade Treaty, also known as the UN Small Arms Treaty. After years in the pipeline, that treaty is currently before the UN for final votes from member nations.
There are a host of comments on the two previous posts suggesting that Senator Corker has not made his views on this particular treaty known. Uninformed individuals, many of whom appear to be more interested in smearing Senator Corker than truth, are spreading this incorrect information via email, FaceBook, blog comments and various lists.
Along with being reported and promoted by the Senators involved, it was reported, among other outlets, by the Heritage Foundation, which wrote:
The letter lays out five concerns, ranging from the U.N.’s hostility to private firearms ownership to the nature of the consensus-based negotiating procedure to the underlying philosophy of the treaty, which, as the signatories note “places the burden of controlling crime and terrorism on law-abiding Americans, instead of where it belongs: on the culpable member states of the United Nations who have failed to take the necessary steps to block trafficking that is already illegal under existing laws and agreements.”
The question must be asked; how is it possible that people making unflattering statements about Senator Corker’s character, integrity, patriotism and commitment to a strong America and the Constitution which gave birth to her do not know this? Senator Corker has been clearly on the record for a year and yet his detractors never bother to take the time to do the bare minimum research needed to get their facts straight before maligning a man without cause and worse, spreading the misinformation well beyond themselves to people and places to whom they cannot get a correction even if they were inclined to do so.
Over and over again, they are proven wrong whether the topic is ObamaCare, the UN Small Arms Treaty and so many other things. Yet they will not stop, they will not be corrected, they will not correct themselves or retract any of their bad information.
If this was being done to them, they would be howling like a scalded dog. I cannot find a reason for them not to behave with integrity and honesty beyond the explanation provided by Occam’s famous razor: to wit, they want to damage Senator Corker and they don’t really care about the means they employ to do so.
Disagreement is one thing. Many folks have written passionately about why they don’t like specific votes the Senator has cast over the last five and a half years. I have no problem with that and count myself among those who do not agree with every position the Senator has championed. But in the midst of disagreement, I expect basic honesty and a modicum of effort to make sure what one is saying is actually true. For these folks, it’s easier to just hit ‘Forward’ on an inflammatory and factually incorrect email because it serves their purpose and validates their opinion rather than because they have looked into it and found it to be true.
And these are activists who claim followers and readers and devotees; people who claim to be informed and who are looked to for good information. It seems they are doing the voters of Tennessee a disservice.
The claim is that Senator Corker is in thrall to special interest groups, lobbyists and others. I have to ask what ideology are these activists committed to which ignores facts, reports error as truth and refuses to correct the errors when they are pointed out?
If they cannot be bothered to do basic fact checking on information, what confidence should I have in other things that they allege – about the Senator or anything else?
UPDATE: Senator Corker on UN Small Arms Treaty 2012, Thanks, Senator!! @ Blue Collar Muse