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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:04 PM

 

Why are We so FUCKING STUPID???

Last edited Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:49 PM - Edit history (2)

And no I'm not talking about DUers (except for a half dozen I've noticed in my brief time here).

But going around the web, you see it time and time again: Obama Has Raised Our Taxes! Obama Is A Socialist! Obama Is Coming For Our Guns! (Actually, I wish THAT one were true!) We Have To Keep Going To War, But Don't Raise Revenues! George Bush Balanced The Budget And Obama Wrecked It! Evolution Is A Satanic Hoax! Global Warming Is A Leftist Hoax! Earth Is 6,000 Years Old! Most Rape Reports Are Fake! Obama Is A Kenyan Muslim Nazi Communist Atheist Who Wants To Destroy All White People! WHEN YOU COME FOR MY GUNS, YOU'LL GET MY BULLETS FIRST!!!

The ubiquitous idiocy is equal parts comedy and horror: It WOULD be funny if it did not presage our demise as a country!

The rise of the "Christian" Right? The cuts to education? The accruement of media into fewer and fewer hands? Healthy capitalism giving way to cancerous greed? Republic morphing into Empire? All of the above? And more?

HOW THE HELL DID WE GET HERE??? AND DON'T JUST BLAME FOX "NEWS" CHANNEL! Explain why so much of the country was so eager to embrace it! Has it contributed to our collective dumbing down? Fuckin' A! But what in our national character made us SOOOOOOOOOO willing to accept it? I would respectfully suggest that there is something inchoate in us that enabled Murdoch's Morons to find such an easy audience!

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Reply Why are We so FUCKING STUPID??? (Original post)
Larrymoe Curlyshemp Jan 2013 OP
PeaceNikki Jan 2013 #1
Jack Sprat Jan 2013 #2
Major Nikon Jan 2013 #4
NRaleighLiberal Jan 2013 #3
Sailingdiver Jan 2013 #5
Angry Dragon Jan 2013 #6
libdem4life Jan 2013 #7
Larrymoe Curlyshemp Jan 2013 #8
siligut Jan 2013 #9
Lady Freedom Returns Jan 2013 #10
Fumesucker Jan 2013 #17
Coyotl Jan 2013 #11
reteachinwi Jan 2013 #14
Larrymoe Curlyshemp Jan 2013 #12
Lady Freedom Returns Jan 2013 #13
ErikJ Jan 2013 #15
Skittles Jan 2013 #16
hfojvt Jan 2013 #18

Response to Larrymoe Curlyshemp (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:06 PM

1. FOX "News"?

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Response to PeaceNikki (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:09 PM

2. That was easy. Well said. nt

 

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Response to PeaceNikki (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:12 PM

4. I would expand that to all right wing echo chambers

When you have so many media outlets that make you dumber for having patronized them, it has to have an effect on the collective intelligence at some point.

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Response to Larrymoe Curlyshemp (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:11 PM

3. the lazy, protective bubbles of belief systems...hero worship/blind following...

and so many other reasons. but I agree....not just the US, but humankind as an entity is not moving in an encouraging direction, that's for sure.

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Response to Larrymoe Curlyshemp (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:20 PM

5. Oh, Oh, Oh . . . . . I got this one

Faux Snooze
Hannity
O'Really
El Rushbo

All the lunatic RW spokespeople keep promoting this ridiculous ungrounded bull shit. And until recently, there was a majority who totally bought it.

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Response to Larrymoe Curlyshemp (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:21 PM

6. Satan is here .................

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Response to Larrymoe Curlyshemp (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:28 PM

7. Obama is a failed Socialist...darn stock market keeps going up.

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Response to Larrymoe Curlyshemp (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:33 PM

8. See Updated OP

 

I've incorporated this reply into it.

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Response to Larrymoe Curlyshemp (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:33 PM

9. It helps the very wealthy to keep us down

Those of us that are able to think for ourselves are to be kept suspect.

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Response to Larrymoe Curlyshemp (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:46 PM

10. It reminds me of what one Dr. Locher said in the Sociology class I took...

"Person Smart. People Stupid."

He was right. We humans as a group have a bad habit of coming together and go in what ever direction the one who seems to be the smartest lead. Now if that one person is, at that moment, like what is listed above, that is how the group will be. And we people have an issue about changing direction, as a group, when we are found to be wrong.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 03:12 AM

17. I disagree

Humans go in the direction the loudest and most charismatic lead to.

You might recall Adlai Stevenson's reply to the woman who told him he had the support of every thinking American, "Madam, that is not enough, we need a majority".

And of course even the smartest, loudest and most charismatic have agendas and most people don't reveal their entire agenda.



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Response to Larrymoe Curlyshemp (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:48 PM

11. Give us a break, were just higher primates, not demigods

and we don't value education.

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:19 AM

14. Michelle Rhee

 

says its those teacher unions...and their PENSIONS.

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Response to Larrymoe Curlyshemp (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:53 PM

12. Edited

 

See above. Twice, actually.

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Response to Larrymoe Curlyshemp (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:56 PM

13. Looks good.

And you do raise a great question.

I personally think it is a social and psychological issue to much of it.

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Response to Larrymoe Curlyshemp (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 02:17 AM

15. Rural racism basically

America has a history of relatively low rural density and high segregation which breeds intolerance and fear of change and different types of people. That's basically conservatism. It was ripe for hate radio and Fox News to gin up that hatred even more fear mongering and hate of government.

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Response to Larrymoe Curlyshemp (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 03:05 AM

16. I wonder about it too

I believe it was Reagan who mad greed and idiocy fashionable

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Response to Larrymoe Curlyshemp (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 03:14 AM

18. perhaps it is the way we are taught

teacher says things - students are supposed to memorize them.

Student reads textbooks, is supposed to memorize things in it.

This is called "learning" - to believe, or at least remember and repeat, what you are told.

Then there are worldviews and logically belief in conspiracies. And aren't some of those conspiracies true? Is it any more stupid to believe that Obama is a socialist than it was to believe that Bush is a fascist? Or that Bush was going to invade Iran? Or arrest people for demonstrating against him? Because he signed that executive order, doncha know?

Here's what Joltin' Joe wrote about this http://www.joebageant.com/joe/2010/12/america-y-ur-peeps-b-so-dum.html

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