"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."
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.