Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Americans Are Stupid

That's not my opinion. That's a fact. And it doesn't surprise me one little bit.

Americans have been willfully dumbing themselves down for many, many years.

Our Founding Fathers were polymaths. They were educated and well read in mathematics, philosophy, literature, art, physics, geography, geometry, history, theology and political science.

If they were alive today they would be derided as "intellectual elitists".

Americans in 2010 don't want to know anything, they don't want to think about anything, they don't want to scrutinize the world around them and they sure as fuck don't want to examine their own lives.

Fuck, a significant number of Americans can't even find the United States on a map of the world and view any effort to get them to do so as "gotcha, drive by, journalism".

Americans in 2010 want to sit back on their fat white asses and have some television talking head tell them what they should think and believe.

Beck. Olberson. O'Reilly. Maher. They're all the fucking same.

Granted, I find some more entertaining than others, but I feel obligated to sample them all. Not as a source of actual information, but as a way of bookending the boundaries of extremity in the country.

Holy Fuck!

As that great, liberal, intellectual Statesman once said, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts."

To which Karl Rove countered "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."

Our leaders today (and yes, I include President Obama and our Democratic Leadership)think they can just make shit up, call it real, and Americans will accept it as True.

After all, there's a precedent for that! That's what Americans do every Sunday when they go to church! "Oh! That guy up there in robes said something that's written in a really old book so it must be true! OK! I believe that!"

We live in a country where a significant number of people actually believe that a blithering, rambling, idiot, quitter from Alaska who reneged on her obligations to her constituents because she couldn't stand up to close scrutiny from the press and would rather get rich spewing venom and selling books should be within arms reach of the nuclear football!

We're doomed. Learn to speak Chinese.


Chris Packham said...

Welp, it's the baby boomers, sorry to say. The boomers came into a job market in which it was possible to work your way up from an entry-level position into the middle class. They entered that window and pulled the ladder up behind them. They voted for Reagan Republicans who busily took apart the industrial base with one-sided trade deals and defunded public education. Offshored blue collar, then white collar jobs. Handed the country off to successive generations like a dirty pair of underwear. The worst generation.


emawkc said...

If the founding fathers were alive today they'd probably be jailed on slavery and human trafficking charges.

Xavier Onassis said...

Chris Packam & emawkc - You are both correct.

I Travel for JOOLS said...

"sit back on their fat white asses" --yah as though every person of color is a hard working, intellectual.

"sit back on their fat white asses and have some television talking head tell them what they should think and believe" --
--once again the fat white asses thing. You wouldn't dare to mention a minority in that context. And if somebody else did you'd be screaming "racist white mother ...". Hypocrit.

That "great, liberal, intellectual statesman" you speak of is a self professed socialist and you thought we'd miss that one didn't you. I agree he is smart and an engaging commentator, but he's got his agenda just like the rest of them, including the likes of Rove and President Obama, you betcha!

From one of those despicable baby boomers who gave too much to their spoiled brat kids and turned them into a bunch of whiny victims, I now bid you,


Logtar said...

I'm fat, hardworking and have a couple of brain cells!

Nick said...

I've assigned both the reading and analysis of this post to one of my southwest-Asian contractors. When she tells me my opinion, I'll be back to post it here.


Xavier Onassis said...

Love you JOOLS! You can always be counted on as a First Responder to all my philisophical and intellectual train wrecks!

Lisa said...

Education starts in the home. Children can't learn when they have to worry about what is going n in their own homes with parents who are unwilling to support them and or are too drunk and stoned to care or abusive to them .This is what happens when government takes over as the care takers and the parents get a free ride and aren't expected to accept responsibility.
Liberalism at it's finest.