Folks, I understand that not everyone can be intelligent. But, stupidity seems to have reached epidemic proportions in the world today and America has not escaped this tragedy. This seems to be particularly true for those on the left side of the political spectrum
Like me, most of you have probably seen some videos put up by conservatives that have gone viral. One was of a woman who was more than a little emotional because she had gotten a Obama phone. The other video I have in mind was where a sneaky conservative was interviewing Obama supporters at some rally. When asked if they agreed with Obama’s decision to name Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate. They said they thought that was a good decision. The follow-up question was if they thought Obama picked Paul Ryan because Ryan was black or because Ryan was a very capable man? Some responded it was because Ryan was a good man and others responded that the decision was probably based on a little bit of both of the suggested reasons. It scares me that people that stupid have the right to vote.
So, we have universal suffrage in America and we must then accept that stupid people can and will vote. There are other people on the Left for whom it is difficult to know if they are stupid or they are evil. A case in point is that bearded wonder, the “crapweasel” who is a Nobel laureate in economics and is allowed to write Op-Ed articles for the New York Times, Paul Krugman. Now, it would be difficult to claim that Dr. Krugman is stupid. So, is he evil or has his ideology been so ingrained in him that logic can not penetrate the firewall that it has constructed in his brain? In thus recent Op-Ed piece he wrote, he explains that Republicans are convinced that this election is going to be a referendum on Obama’s handling of the economy and that because the economic indicators are not good, republicans are sure that Romney will win. Of course, Krugman dismisses this Republican view-point. He agrees that this election will be a referendum; but one of a different sort.
Yet there is a sense in which the election is indeed a referendum, but of a different kind. Voters are, in effect, being asked to deliver a verdict on the legacy of the New Deal and the Great Society, on Social Security, Medicare and, yes, Obamacare, which represents an extension of that legacy. Will they vote for politicians who want to replace Medicare with Vouchercare, who denounce Social Security as “collectivist” (as Paul Ryan once did), who dismiss those who turn to social insurance programs as people unwilling to take responsibility for their lives?
Krugman is confident, as he says the polls show, that the voters will vote to continue the gravy train (my words not Krugman’s). He goes on to lament that Obama in his second term will continue to be obstructed by Republicans in Congress and, therefore, will not be able to deliver all that the voters want.
This is what is worrying me, dear friends. It is bad enough that as the video mentioned earlier demonstrate, there are a lot of stupid people within the American electorate; but on top of that we have people who know better, like Paul Krugman, who are saying “it’s okay “stupid people” vote for Obama because you deserve all the free stuff you can get.”
Here is a question for you. If we do manage to elect Mitt Romney in November, is it possible to do something about our education system and educate away some of the stupidity that exist? I am not so sure. There is an old refrain that says: if you take a man who is an idiot and give him the very best education (say like at Columbia and Harvard) that what you end-up with is an educated idiot.
Well, now you know what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?
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Reforming the educational system to actually “educate” people with facts would start. But we are too far gone for that. Most schools now serve as the propaganda wing of the Democratic party and the only thing they teach are the sacraments of said party.
I agree, MI. It is time to throw the academia bumbs out!
Krugman has a point. People like free stuff. And he’s not stupid, as you yourself observe. People like Krugman want our taxes jacked up past European levels so was can pay for all the government largesse.
I call people like him evil.
If one choses to remain stupid fine. Just don’t vote.
But the evil ones drag the stupid ones out to vote. Very scary!
Krugman wants a verdict on the New Deal entitlements? Here’s one: THEY’RE UNSUSTAINABLE AND WILL CAUSE THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE OF OUR GOVERNMENT!
It always seems to me that the “stupidity” is based on the fervent wish that money grows on trees. “Free” phones, you see, are not “free.” Somebody pays (in this case, everyone with a cell phone plan that they pay for pays for those “free phones”).
If you were to set aside money every month for your retirement and pick the absolute worst place to invest that money, you’d give it to the Social Security Administration, where it does not grow, it gets used–Ponzi Scheme style–to pay off other people in the hope that some other dolt will pay in so that you can get your money back, and the institution to in which you are investing has already admitted that it is going bankrupt (in which case your money is el-gone-o).
It takes a great mind like Krugman’s to ignore that. It also takes complete ignorance (and a lack of curiousity) to pretend that there are not places that HAVE privatized their Social Security and it works brilliantly, with the nest egg actually growing, and people actually having control of their own retirement, including the ability to will all of that money they’ve saved to their progeny.
These same stupid people look around at the real engine of wealth and prosperity, free market capitalism, and claim it doesn’t work. We live in the richest country on Earth because of it, but it doesn’t work. Other countries engaging in capitalism keep getting richer, but capitalism doesn’t work. We can’t change health care to a more competitive, less regulated (as in, the government forbidding the selling of insurance across state lines), more market driven (decrease 3rd party payment), system because some how that doesn’t work. But it works with everything else to reduce costs and increase efficiency. Somehow it won’t work for health care, though. We MUST avoid a voucher system that enables people to select plans that they prefer to Medicaid and Medicare, which are increasingly rejected by doctors because they don’t pay enough to cover actual costs, let alone profit. We have to keep people locked into the system that is already broke and will collapse without something else (like a voucher system) implemented to fix it.
People are stupid. They’re economically ignorant. They’re immature, by the definition of thinking that a wish for something to be true makes it true (like money growing on trees and things actually being free, and government programs enduring despite the fact that the math says they’re already broke).
Very well said, Pat. The stupid ones are covinced that government can always find more money. With Bernanke, maybe they are right.
I am not a fan of Paul Krugman’s politics. It is as if his brain shuts off when he talks politics… and he talks politics a lot.
Krugman, like many macroeconomists, is a Keynesian. That makes him a natural born liberal Democrat. His politics is firmly rooted in Keynesianism. There is nothing wrong with logic based politics… to a point.
When talking economics, Paul Krugman is a genius of the first order of magnitude. His Nobel Prize was well earned.
When it comes to politics, though, Krugman is as blind as a bat.
But Keynes was not stupid. He knew there were limits. Krugman doesn’t believe there are any limits. It is simple arithmatics. Our entitlement programs can not continue and Obamacare just makes it all worse. So how can Krugman be such a talented economist if he doesn’t understand simple math?
Regarding educating an idiot… unless their brain can be rewired, it is impossible.
In a free society a moron’s vote counts the same as that of a genius. In the past, when governments tried to change that, the moron’s took control.
Viva the French Revolution! You speak a sad truth, my friend.
Krugman’s Nobel prize was a political statement by the Norwegian Nobel Committee – who are all socialists. It was given in 2008 as a “protest” against President Bush to the most prominent American critic of Bush which was also an economists. It resembles the peace prize given to Obama.
Krugman’s paper that served as an excuse was written in 1979 – it was old. It dealt with free-trade and pointed out the value of comparative advantage in trade. If I may point out, this was already done in the 18th and 19th centuries by David Ricardo and Adam Smith. It was a second rate piece similar to hundreds of other papers in the subject written by graduate students.
The man is not even a good economist. The Nobel’s don’t make him one, it only proves that he is of the left.
Just to be clear: the Nobel Peace prize is awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee; the Nobel in physics, chemistry and economics is awarded by the Swedish Academy – they are all of the same stripes.
BINGO! There was nothing earth shattering or particularly original in Krugman’s work. The Nobel Prize has become something of a bad joke. Obama won it for… What? He’d done nothing. Then he went on to become the drone attack slayer. Real F-in’ peaceful.
Krugman is not a smart man. Have you ever heard him try to defend his positions? This is the same guy who held the position that Bush spent us into oblivion in the war, then went on later to say that an alien invasion (a war with aliens) would be economically stimulative. Anyone note a contradiction?
That explains a lot, John. Thanks for the education.
There is a reason why the Founders limited the sufferage. The masses are easily manipulated, hence the Rockefeller-backed purchasing of the education system in 1895 under the auspices of the General Education Board. That, combined with the purchasing of the media, allowing the dismissal and ridicule of informed persons who dared mention international bankers as crazies, has allowed their agenda of collectivization to progress unhindered.
The landed gentlemen of early America would not be so easily manipulated and would suspect intrigue from abroad, especially after the ordeal of the Revolution.
I personally believe if you don’t have skin in the game you shouldn’t be allowed to vote.
Matthew 14:17 – The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want.
We all know what Jesus said about the poor. He could have said something similar about the stupid people on the world, but there is little help for them. Stupid is stupid, and there is no cure.
On the other hand, we do have a surfeit of fools in this world. There are lots of definitions of a fool, and the book of Proverbs does an excellent job. In my internet serch, I found this study of fools as defined Biblically. It is worth the read.
The Democrat Party, and socialists/liberals in general have their share of stupid people hanging around for the free stuff. We all know those, and they are easy to spot. However, many of those on the left are arrogant, puffed-up people who scoff at real knowledge, and are incapable of learning the lessons of history. This is the classic fool.
The classic fool is not stupid, but refuses to learn, and is proud of it. That does sound a bit like Paul Krugman, doesn’t it?
Bob, I enjoyed reading the article on Proverbs handling of fools. Very interesting. Thanks!
Oh, I forgot to comment about education in this country. I don’t think we have an uncorrectable education system in this country. Given the proper votes, we can clean up the system. What we have is a huge cultural problem among millions and millions of people.
This is not a race thing. It is a disease that runs throughout black neighborhoods, white neighborhoods, Hispanic neighborhoods, but not necessarily Asian neighborhoods. It is the work ethic that is essentially lacking in many of our communities, and without the will to get an education, it will not happen.
I have seen this true in parts of the rural Old South where the parents never got a high school education, and they think it is acceptable for their children to be similarly handicapped. After all, they are making a living and a double-wide mobile home is fine with them.
Rural communities, inner cities, or anywhere people accept the status quo is where you find this attitude.
My father was a young family man during the Great Depression. He had brothers and sisters who were school teachers, and were college educated even thought they all were raised on a subsistence farm in a poverty ridden community. Dad worked hard at developing his skills, and was a voracious reader of newspapers and magazines. He was virtually a self-educated man.
Others in that same community did not have the same values, and didn’t prosper even after the Depression had ended. The difference was a desire in my father’s family to be better, and to make better lives for their children. Unfortunately, millions of fathers today do not pass on that ethic of hard work, or a desire to be winners.
I think most of it is attitude.
” What we have is a huge cultural problem among millions and millions of people.”
A sad truth. The problem has to be solved first in the home and then in the community. I agree that it is an issue of attitude.
I often ask myself who the stupid ones are; the people who live free off the government or the suckers who work for a living to support them? Watching these videos is depressing because we see people who vote without thinking about what they are voting for and it makes me wonder how we are going to defeat this mentality.
Dignity comes from providing for ones own self and family. We are saps only because we let the government get away with all this nonsense.
Catch fox at 9 tonite..hannity i guess. Drudge says fox they have a good one on obama
I wish! I don’t get American television here, Bunker. But, thanks for thinking of me.
I can’t go so far as to say Americans are stupid, but I can say they are painfully under-educated. And what I mean by this is that they know far more than they understand. There is nothing quite so dangerous as an under-educated person. We know this because we have one in the White House.
I think there is but one hope for the American public education system: toss it out completely, and start over. Is such a thing even possible? No … but we would make an important start in that direction by doing away with the US Department of Education.
Education belongs to the states, and to the people. If Louisiana is happy ranking 50th in the nation for the past 110 years, fine. If Massachusetts wants to teach their children that odd sexual preferences is normal, fine … but if the states were wise, they would institute a rather vigorous home schooling/charter schools program so that parents who actually do love their children will have a chance of gaining a real education.
Meanwhile, check out Z’s comments for today. Someone posted a quote attributed to James Carville, and I think that more or less sums up where we are in this country. And where are we? We are in grave danger of losing the Republic.
I agree that the Department of Education has to go. The real problem, in my opinion, is parents. They do not take near enough interest in their childrens education or there would nave been a revolution by now. How do we reach the parents?
You are making an excellent point. For the most part, parents were educated in the same failed system, but beyond that, their behavior is despicable. They say they support zero tolerance for cheating —until their children stand accused, and then they want the teacher fired. These same parents support athletic programs more than they do an accelerated learning environment, who complains loudest about homework assignments, who over-medicate their kids to remediate unseemly behavior, and who never respond to teachers’ requests for a parent-teacher meeting. So I agree that parents are as much of the problem as leftist teachers and corrupt administrators.
here is the link at the daily caller.. vidoe explosive!
The Obama administration issued new guidance intended for defense contractors Friday afternoon, reiterating the administration’s position that the companies should not be issuing layoff notices over sequestration.
The Labor Department issued guidance in July saying it would be “inappropriate” for contractors to issue notices of potential layoffs tied to sequestration cuts. But a few contractors, most notably Lockheed Martin, said they still were considering whether to issue the notices — which would be sent out just days before the November election.
But the Friday guidance from the Office of Management and Budget raised the stakes in the dispute, telling contractors that they would be compensated for legal costs if layoffs occur due to contract cancellations under sequestration — but only if the contractors follow the Labor guidance.
The guidance said that if plant closings or mass layoffs occur under sequestration, then “employee compensation costs for [Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification] WARN act liability as determined by a court” would be paid for covered by the contracting federal agency.
It’s Disgusting.how he just makes up his own laws to suit himself. Maybe this will wake up a few obamazombies to what they are actually voting for.
I would not want to even touch the voting machine without using a hand sterilizer after one of these liberal voters touch it..
It is the Chicago way, my friend. that is where Obama learned politics and the Alinsky methods. Obama has made a mockery of the office of the president. Very sad!
There is no way to educate someone into having wisdom or even basic common sense. People have to decide to wake up and get their heads out of their butts. No one can make that choice for them.