Monday, July 07, 2008


Rick Shenkman author of the book, “Just How Stupid Are We? Facing the Truth About the American Voter”

Has a five point Duncecap score card to test just how stupid American politics has become.

Shenkman’s five points are as follows;

First, is sheer ignorance: Ignorance of critical facts about important events in the news, and ignorance of how our government functions and who’s in charge.

Second, is negligence: The disinclination to seek reliable sources of information about important news events.

Third, is wooden-headedness, as the historian Barbara Tuchman defined it: The inclination to believe what we want to believe regardless of the facts.

Fourth, is shortsightedness: The support of public policies that are mutually exclusive, or contrary to the country’s long-term interests.

Fifth, and finally, is a broad category I call bone-headedness, for want of a better name: The susceptibility to meaningless phrases, stereotypes, irrational biases, and simplistic diagnoses and solutions that play on our hopes and fears.

The Democrat Party first coined the phase, “It’s the economy, stupid” used by Bill Clinton in his presidential campaign.

Since then the phrase has taken on a life of its own and like the franchise “(insert name here) for Dummies,” the bright yellow book that would lead us stupid dummies around by the hand on any given subject, the phrase,"It's the(blank)stupid" means to tell us that everything from the economy to our politics are the obvious reasons for our troubles, so plan is it that we have to be stupid not to understand it.

Speaking of stupid I’m thinking of the last three offerings for President that the Democrats have made to the American people; Al Gore, John Kerry and now Barack Obama (or Hillary Clinton who has just suspended her campaign just in case something were to happen) and I’m thinking there must be a reason that the American people rejected Democrats twice and potentially a third time.

It then became so obvious to me that the reason Barack Obama is running as the candidate of change is because the American people can’t and couldn’t stomach the political bile and socially corrupting policies that Democrats offer every Presidential election cycle. Democrats, It your politics, stupid!

That gives me great optimism that Democrats will have the same results in this election year as they had in 2000 and 2004 even if the Republican candidate is an old white guy.

That old white guy, in my opinion, is better than Democrat’s stupid politics and this guy. (See videos)

Barack Obama at Bristol Va. Townhall meeting June 5, 2008

And this!

I think these truths are self evident that our politics have become stupid, stupid!

Not to mention that Democrat candidates need plenty of sleep!

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