Easy. It’s the incredible mental laziness of the American public, most of whom don’t bother to read, write or think.
Over half of Princeton students polled recently thought that “We hold this truth to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” was a quote from the Communist Manifesto.
Another non-Ivy League undergrad thought that “The civil rights movement in America turned around the corner with Martin Luther King’s 'If I Had a Hammer’ speech.” Many others, according to educational monitoring groups, don’t know who we were fighting when we landed at Normandy on D-Day (those damned French? The Russians?), and can’t tell the Korean War from the Vietnam War, don’t know their own state capital, and think the Second Amendment of the Constitution guarantees the right to raise armed militias and water the Tree of Free Enterprise with the blood of anyone smarter than they are.
No wonder, then, that Americans, worried that their beloved country is no longer “Number One,” reacted in the last election by voting in a posse of fanatics and sleazoids. These legislators want to slash spending for education, repairing and improving our infrastructure, keeping the environment safe and non-toxic and for firemen, policemen, teachers, first responders, and will instead use the money saved to further enrich the super-wealthy 5 percent at the top of the economic ladder. In this scenario, in which we are magically going to cut unemployment and generate a whole new array of high-end well-paying jobs, abracadabra, we’ll be the number one nation in the world again.
I’m sorry, but (and I know caps in a column are a no-no), JUST HOW STUPID ARE YOU PEOPLE?
Thank you; I’ll try not to do it again.
The Tea Partiers and their ilk don’t bother to find out the facts, and if they get them, they can’t use them to solve problems in a rational way. The crux of the matter is, they can’t take the truth (thank you, Jack Nicholson), because it upsets their illogical belief systems. “Taxes on corporations are killing our economy,” they like to say.
Oh, really? You didn’t bother to do ten minutes of research, and find out that these big corporations don’t pay any taxes – that, in fact, many of them, like GE, get billions back, in tax credits every year, of our tax money? And you Tea Partiers want to give them even more of our money, and make up for it by cutting money for schools, lunches for poor kids, Food Stamps, aid for the unemployed, funding for the arts and public radio, among other things.
Seriously, your words and actions boggle the mind; they strain the bounds of my credulity.
And again, pardon me; sorry for being repetitive, but there’s just no possible excuse for your idiocy.
For instance: anyone today can go on the internet and learn that 95 percent of the world’s scientists agree, Sudden Human-Influenced Climate Change, including the warming of key areas of our oceans and icecaps, really exists, and it is going to wreak havoc on our civilization.
But that’s no fun, is it? It’s a bummer, dude, and me no like bummers, me want fun, and you science people, you Commie Osama party poppers, no fun at all!
So they automatically go to the websites sponsored by, guess who? The world’s energy corporations, which tell them, “Party on, bro! The best is yet to come. Don’t listen to them pencil-necked geeks and their unpatriotic atheistic science, go out and buy an SUV, an RV, two or three ATVs, a couple of jet skis and off-road bikes and have a blast!”
Willful ignorance; inexcusable. Another example: President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. For God’s sake, the damn thing was shown on TVand in the papers bloody effing months ago, and you can look at it anytime you want on your computer (just Google “Obama’s birth certificate” under “ images”), and they’ve even found announcements of his birth in the Hawaiian newspapers of the day.
Why don’t you, yeah, you, with your mind on vacation and your mouth working overtime, give it up, and think about something important, like Manhattan under six feet of sea water?
I don’t know if Obama even cares anymore, but it drives me absolutely stone Tasmanian Devil crazy to keep hearing this birth certificate bleep; it makes me long to manufacture that horrible torture machine in one of Kafka’s stories, that used razor-sharp blades and acid to embed words in a miscreant’s flesh, find the nearest hog-jowled lying right wing politician (Haley Barbour will do nicely) who still bloviates about the you know what, O.B.C., and….
Oh, never mind. It doesn’t really matter any more. Bush, Barbour, Wall Street, the Koch brothers, Eric Prince and company, they’ve managed to take a Republic over two centuries old, once a symbol of hope and liberty to the whole world, and in less than a decade turn it into a third-rate kleptocracy where money trumps everything – honor, love of country, free speech, wisdom, children, earth, sea and sky, art and science, even the future of the entire planet itself.
Take a good look at the faces of those who’ve killed the dream, who worship at the feet of the Moloch of Money, and listen to their voices, their words. Are these really human beings, or have they been taken over by malevolent parasites from outer space, or the pot-bellied demons like the ones who plagued Milarepa in his cave, or the ghosts of Chivington, Mussolini and Pinhead?
And you, we, elected these monsters, either by not finding out what they stood, for, not exposing their dark souls or the source of their filthy money, or not trying hard enough to spread the word. At a time like this here are no innocent bystanders, and to acquiesce is to collaborate. Ignorance has never been an acceptable defense, not in this world or any other, not when truth is the only thing that can save us.