Who Hijacked Our Country

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Americans: Dumb and Dumber

OK, let’s say you’ve carefully, delicately explained to your child that there’s no such thing as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy. The kid seems to understand perfectly, without being too traumatized or anything, and you’re thinking “Whew! I’m glad we got this out of the way.”

And then two years later the same child is jumping up and down with hysterical glee, yelling “Oh boy, I can’t wait to see what Santa brought me!!!”

Well, it seems millions of American grownups (chronologically anyway) are suffering from this exact syndrome, whatever you’d call it. A few years after it was clearly established and reiterated again and again that Saddam Hussein had NO connection whatsoever with bin Laden, al Qaeda or 9/11, a LARGER percentage of Americans actually believed that Iraq was involved with the 9/11 attacks.

And now, there’s been an INCREASE in the number of Americans who think President Barack Obama is a Muslim. [sigh] When a person is “slow,” you can put this person in special classes, try to shield him/her from challenging or dangerous situations, etc. What do you do when an entire country is dumber than a post?

Obama’s defensive reaction — announcing that he prays daily — isn’t going to help. The hardcore haters won’t believe him anyway, and these defensive reactions are just going to encourage more venomous attacks from the Right. (As if those dickwads needed any encouragement.)

Now, maybe Obama could solidify his Christian reputation by visiting the Creation Museum in Kentucky. He’ll have to keep a straight face though. Any smirking or sarcastic comments, and the security guards will give you the heave ho.

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Blogger jadedj said...

All I can say to this is...it is pretty damned depressing to realize that a large portion of one's countrymen are candidates for lobotomies.

Obama needs to take the high road, because as you say, he simply cannot set these fools straight. He digs himself deeper and deeper into a hole by trying to placate them, and it is time to quit it.

August 19, 2010 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Does the Creation Museum have a Tooth Fairy exhibit? If so, I might have to go have a look.

Agreed, the news that more people than ever believe Obama is Muslim just goes to show that the right wing attack machine is given too much credence by too many Americans, and that it is gradually and successfully ingraining "Obama is a Muslim" into our nation's conventional "wisdom".

The number is at 18% now, just wait... in a year or so it will probably be a full 25% or more.

"Idiocracy" here we come. How soon before we all starve because we are watering our crops with sports drinks?

August 19, 2010 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Since one can not prove a negative, i.e.Iran cannot prove it doesn't have a secret weapons program or President Obama can not prove he isn't a Muslim, this will only get worse as the right wing implies and infers otherwise.

August 19, 2010 at 6:22 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

If things continue on their present course, this country is going to be ungovernable, at least in terms of democracy as we long knew it. It might be amenable to Republican control or an outright dictatorship, but not traditional American democracy. Because democracy depends on a rational, reasonably well-informed public — people who at least most of the time deal in facts, logic and truth, and demand that others do likewise if they want to be believed.

What we have now is a nation with a large and growing number of people whose attitude is, "Such and such is true because I want it to be true," or "That's a lie because I don't like it" (or don't like the person saying it).

August 20, 2010 at 12:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can somebody tell me what religion Ronald Reagan and GW Bush are?

None I recognize


August 20, 2010 at 1:17 AM  
Anonymous Carlos said...

Personally, I'm not sure why anyone would give a fuck what religion the President is. He's not a fucking Ayatollah, right? He's the fucking Prez, and he was elected to run the country, not be all Jesussy and shit.

But...the Republican voter base has the collective intellect of a soap dish, so there likely ain't much to be done. They'd believe the sky to be pink if Rush told them enough times. Fucking morons.

Obama should ignore it, and run the country.

August 20, 2010 at 2:29 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

How do I know that none of YOU aren't jihadists?

August 20, 2010 at 7:24 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

You have just given me a really bad weekend. I thought there still was a Santa, now my hopes have been crushed. No worries, I shall take myself to Kentucky and see Jesus riding a dinosaur, this will make me feel much better. Man, we have some idiots surrounding us don't we?

August 20, 2010 at 12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


August 20, 2010 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Unfortunately stupid is as stupid does, or stupid does as stupid is. Anyway you look at it, when republicans re-gain control of the White House, we will be Oceania on steroids.

August 20, 2010 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

jadedj: "...a large portion of one's countrymen are candidates for lobotomies." Good description. Or like the saying goes, "I'm surrounded by fuckin' idiots."

Snave: Idiocracy, LOL. Hey, gimme some Brawndo. YEEAAHH!!!

Lew: That's true, the Right is coming up with more and more lies that Obama can't disprove.

SW: You're right, democracy as we know it -- with participation by a rational informed public -- is in grave danger.

Erik: Why yes, that's easy. They worship Supply Side Jesus. (TomCat coined that term, as far as I know.)

Carlos: I think Obama should either ignore these attacks, or respond forcefully. Or better yet, Obama could ignore the retards and have a designated pit bull to tear the wingtards a new one.

And I think our soap dish is smarter than the average Republican.

Randal: You don't.

Jess: I think it would be fun to visit that Creation Museum, in a sick sort of way.

Dave: "Oceana on steroids," LOL. Funny but scary.

August 20, 2010 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Demeur said...

As they say "you can't fix stupid".

August 20, 2010 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Carlos, good National Lampoon reference! 8-) The intellect of a small soap dish, indeed!

And as always, I recommend the movie "Idiocracy"... not a great movie, but scary/sad/funny.

August 20, 2010 at 8:21 PM  
Anonymous Carlos said...

Snave: Idiocracy is prophecy. I love that movie!

August 21, 2010 at 3:20 AM  
Blogger Candace said...

Snave has it right, and Carlos says it's prophecy. It could be that "Idiocracy" is already here.

It's not surprising that this is happening, and this is why: religion. The majority of people in the country (and on the planet) already believe in the silliest explanations, given them from birth, for the existence of the universe and their place within it. So it's not much of a leap for them to also believe other things without one iota of proof, and indeed, IN THE FACE OF THE PROOF ITSELF. Especially when these lies are told to them again and again from the pulpit and on radio and television.

Tom, I would call this syndrome "cognitive dissonance." That is the one absolutely necessary component that even otherwise rational people must have to believe in a religion.

August 22, 2010 at 8:45 AM  

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