Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Why am I continually amazed at rampant stupidity?

"No one in this world, so far as I know has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people."
-H.L. Mencken

Mencken was right. Never underestimate the stupidity of the average American. I set my standard for being shocked by such stupidity fairly low, and yet I continue to be surprised.

Via Rachel Lucas and Hot Air we learn just how frighteningly stupid American's really are, and Democrats fared even worse in the "is there anything going on up there?" poll.

"29% of voters favor nationalizing the oil industry. Just 47% are opposed and 24% are not sure. ...... A plurality of Democrats (37%) believe the oil industry should be nationalized." Just 32% of voters in Barack Obama’s party disagree with that approach."

HOLY SHIT is just about all I have to say! You've got to be an absolute dolt or completely brainwashed to favor nationalizing the oil industry (or any industry.) I guess I didn't realize just how pervasive socialism is in this country, probably because I rejected it outright despite my exposure to the "public indoctrination system" and "institutions of higher learning." I'm betting the 24% who answered "not sure" selected it because they don't even know what "nationalize" means.

Our education system, including colleges, actively advance socialist viewpoints. At the very least schools fail to teach the philosophy of great minds like John Locke, who's ideas are almost solely responsible for the concepts expounded in our Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. Sure, some of you may disagree with this, but I'm a recent product of the system and I can say without a doubt that it is getting worse.

If the next few generations of Americans grow up believing in the failed ideals of socialism this country will cease to be free in short order. We'll reach a saturation point where there simply aren't enough of us who still hold true to the beliefs of the founding fathers to make any meaningful difference. We won't be able to stop "change" and Rousseau's philosophy on government will become the accepted truth in America, as it is currently in Europe. When that happens a "free America" will be nothing more than a fleeting memory.

I hope I'm wrong, but I have a hard time being optimistic when I see what they're teaching kids (and college students) these days.


mike's spot said...

Mike, Your insight is spot on, but I remain a bit more optomistic.

I go with this line of thought- Most people are good, and will make good decisions most of the time, assuming they are well informed.

I think alls we have to do is make accurate information more readily available, and our country will take a big step towards fixing itself.

if we don't teach people properly, we can't expect proper results!

good post!

Mike of Mike's Spot

Mike W. said...

I'm naturally a bit cynical if you haven't noticed from reading my posts...

I agree with you, but the question is can we actually have a well-functioning education system that creates well-informed citizens without interjecting bias, revisionism, and inaccuracy into everything taught?

The government has a vested interest in keeping the masses dumb and satiated. If government is involved in educating said masses I fully expect them to do what's in their best interests. (see I'm being cynical again)

Free thinking, liberty minded individuals are a liability since they're the most difficult to control by passive means.

Anonymous said...

Mike, a properly worded poll would have 87% of pregnant women preferring belly flops on a bed of nails over pillow top mattresses.

And those 87% actually are 0.0001% of the population, statistically "corrected".

Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of idiots out there who simply do not have the smarts to realize how stupid that idea is, and they vote. But I doubt that it's THAT great of a percentage, I really do.

Anonymous said...

And that last comment was me... sorry

Mike W. said...

Haha, That's true Robb. You can have two different polls asking the same question with slightly different wording and get wildly different outcomes.

Sometimes I think "literacy tests for voting?" but they you'll have the government determining who can/can't vote which is needless to say a bad idea.

mike's spot said...

Cynicism is the people's version of a government check and balance. There is nothing wrong with the healthy dose you seem to have of it :)

as for the dissemination of information- I think that the utter failure of the current mainstream media will force people to find alternative streams to information.

Public schooling and education be damned (though I love education) as long as people can read and reasonably think for themselves, they will have opinions.

Once enough people are sick of current mainstream, 24/7, recycled crap (sad coming from a comm student) they will turn to the next best source of information, or whatever is perceived to be the next best source.

with the increasing trends in Internet usage and people's natural tendency to seek out peers, I think the Blogosphere, in another 5-6 years will start to fill that gap.

I'm not sure what form blogging will take by then or what will replace it, but people will want their news from someone they can talk to and identify with.

I'll use you and I for example's sake, but its easier for John Q Public to identify with 'those gun-writing mike's on the interwebs' then some inflated talking head on TV. at least they can leave comments to you and I and have the feelings associated with a two way dialog.