How Stupid Is The American Electorate?
Let’s start with this Dictionary.Com definition of intelligence:
in·tel·li·gencenoun1.capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.
When asked if they have a higher opinion of either Congress or a series of unpleasant or disliked things, voters said they had a higher opinion of root canals (32 for Congress and 56 for the dental procedure), NFL replacement refs (29-56), head lice (19-67), the rock band Nickelback (32-39), colonoscopies (31-58), Washington DC political pundits (34- 37), carnies (31-39), traffic jams (34-56), cockroaches (43-45), Donald Trump (42-44), France (37-46), Genghis Khan (37-41), used-car salesmen (32-57), and Brussels sprouts (23-69) than Congress.
Congress did manage to beat out telemarketers (45-35), John Edwards (45-29), the Kardashians (49-36), lobbyists (48-30), North Korea (61-26), the ebola virus (53-25), Lindsay Lohan (45-41), Fidel Castro (54-32), playground bullies (43-38), meth labs (60- 21), communism (57-23), and gonorrhea (53-28).
So, Americans like Congress better than Brussels sprouts but less than gonorrhea. Then, WHY IN THE HELL DO WE KEEP RE-ELECTING PEOPLE WE DON’T LIKE??? The American electorate has to be pretty stupid to do that, right? I’m feeling generous today so I am going to score them a 2.
Please keep your intelligence score for the American electorate in mind as we consider the second question in today’s title.
Would Americans Vote For A Socialist State If Given The Chance?
Because America is a republic and not a democracy, our constitution does not allow for referendums at the federal level. But, what if it did? What if Americans were given the chance to decide once and for all the we do or do not want to be a socialist state? We have effectively been voting to become a socialist state in bits and pieces for decades, haven’t we? But, the problem is we never vote to pay for all the socialist programs and, as a result, America is over $16 trillion in debt. So, let’s imagine that today’s Americans were given a chance to vote on two questions in a national referendum to answer whether we want to be socialist and do we want to pay for socialism. Here are the two questions your humble observer has the American voters:
- America should have all the social programs that Sweden has. (Everything under the sun) Yes or No
- Americans should pay taxes like the Swedes do. ( 70%) Yes or No.
Consider the intelligence score you gave the American voters, how do you think they would vote on the two referendum questions? My opinion is they would vote overwhelming YES on Question 1 and overwhelmingly NO on Question 2.
More debt anyone?
Well, now you know what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?