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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 07:32 PM
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New Rule: Just because a country elects a smart president doesn't make it a smart country.

Bill Maher
Host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher"
Posted: August 7, 2009 12:29 PM

New Rule: Smart President ≠ Smart Country


New Rule: Just because a country elects a smart president doesn't make it a smart country. A few weeks ago I was asked by Wolf Blitzer if I thought Sarah Palin could get elected president, and I said I hope not, but I wouldn't put anything past this stupid country. It was amazing - in the minute or so between my calling America stupid and the end of the Cialis commercial, CNN was flooded with furious emails and the twits hit the fan. And you could tell that these people were really mad because they wrote entirely in CAPITAL LETTERS!!! It's how they get the blood circulating when the Cialis wears off. Worst of all, Bill O'Reilly refuted my contention that this is a stupid country by calling me a pinhead, which A) proves my point, and B) is really funny coming from a doody-face like him.

Now, the hate mail all seemed to have a running theme: that I may live in a stupid country, but they lived in the greatest country on earth, and that perhaps I should move to another country, like Somalia. Well, the joke's on them because I happen to have a summer home in Somalia... and no I can't show you an original copy of my birth certificate because Woody Harrelson spilled bong water on it.

And before I go about demonstrating how, sadly, easy it is to prove the dumbness dragging down our country, let me just say that ignorance has life and death consequences. On the eve of the Iraq War, 69% of Americans thought Saddam Hussein was personally involved in 9/11. Four years later, 34% still did. Or take the health care debate we're presently having: members of Congress have recessed now so they can go home and "listen to their constituents." An urge they should resist because their constituents don't know anything. At a recent town-hall meeting in South Carolina, a man stood up and told his Congressman to "keep your government hands off my Medicare," which is kind of like driving cross country to protest highways.

I'm the bad guy for saying it's a stupid country, yet polls show that a majority of Americans cannot name a single branch of government, or explain what the Bill of Rights is. 24% could not name the country America fought in the Revolutionary War. More than two-thirds of Americans don't know what's in Roe v. Wade. Two-thirds don't know what the Food and Drug Administration does. Some of this stuff you should be able to pick up simply by being alive. You know, like the way the Slumdog kid knew about cricket.

Not here. Nearly half of Americans don't know that states have two senators and more than half can't name their congressman. And among Republican governors, only 30% got their wife's name right on the first try.

Sarah Palin says she would never apologize for America. Even though a Gallup poll says 18% of Americans think the sun revolves around the earth. No, they're not stupid. They're interplanetary mavericks. A third of Republicans believe Obama is not a citizen, and a third of Democrats believe that George Bush had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks, which is an absurd sentence because it contains the words "Bush" and "knowledge."

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-maher/new-rule-smart...
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 07:36 PM
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1. Rec'ing for the Subj line alone!
:applause:

lol
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Fire1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:30 PM
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6. +1000. n/t
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 07:38 PM
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2. Just the majority elected Obama president
but there's still millions out there who wouldn't be happy if they didn't get their soggy brains washed daily..and, we see the results.

It ain't fuckin' pretty.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 07:44 PM
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3. Americans on the right and the left are proof of that!
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tularetom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:15 PM
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5. I turned the show on and saw two repub congressmen and turned it right off
It would have been worth watching to see the expressions on their faces when he read those new rules.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:39 PM
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7. Stupid is as stupid does
and America's done a lot of stupid things over the past 30 years.
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