Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Another kind of domestic terrorism: The worship of stupidity

You might have seen an article on the Republican's becoming the party of stupid. That's true and it is scary. It is frightening because it means that we no longer have a Democracy, at least not one based on a 2-party system. Here are snippets from a piece appearing last April by Allen Clifton (h/t Jana Eaton).

... This is a party that’s no longer being led by people such as Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt or Dwight D. Eisenhower – instead, clowns like Ted Cruz, John Boehner and Rand Paul are calling the shots. It’s devolved into a party where the "icons" many look to for "insight and information" are knuckle-draggers such as Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent and Mike Huckabee.

And there’s no "left" equivalent to these people. While the left is far from perfect, we’re not worshipping idiots like many of those on the right do. People like Jon Stewart, Rachel Maddow, Bill Maher, John Oliver – they all went to prestigious universities. Meanwhile, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are all college dropouts.

As much as I would love for us to be at a point in this country where we could come together to accomplish great things, we can never get to that point as long as Republicans continue to rush further and further to the right, seemingly proud to be the party of stupid.

We’re not even at a point anymore where we’re debating how to fix the problems that science, history, reality and math show us are real; instead, we’re still having to debate people who don’t even believe in science, history, reality or math.

To me, that’s just as terrifying as it is frustrating.

Amen.

Read more of Clifton's article at forwardprogressives.com.

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