Did you know that — since 2008 — Americans have become massively stupid?
Bill Maher has noticed it, saying on George Lopez’s show that American voters “don’t understand the issues, they’re too stupid, they’re like a dog. The can understand inflection, they can understand fear, they can understand dominance, they don’t understand issues.” And George Lopez agreed!
Senator John Kerry (D-MA) has also noticed it, saying that, “We’re in a period of know-nothingism in the country, where truth and science and facts don’t weigh in. It’s all short-order, lowest common denominator, cheap-seat politics.”
And columnist Steve Benen has also picked up on the trend, pointing out that a Bloomberg National Poll has revealed many false beliefs among voters about the economy and the government’s programs. Benen opined: “I’ve long considered one of President Obama’s better qualities is his reluctance to talk down to voters. But it’s possible his assumptions about maturity and the public discourse are simply too generous — leaders can’t assume the electorate has the wisdom to ignore nonsense when the evidence to the contrary is overwhelming.”
So, in 2010, American voters are dumb. Somehow, though, two years ago, when American voters elected Barack Obama and Democrats into power in the 2008 elections, they were not dumb. At least, not in the opinion of the likes of Maher, Lopez, Kerry, and Benen.
Gosh, what could possibly have happened?
Did invisible cosmic visitors attach themselves to our brain stems, leeching away our gray matter? Did subliminal sound waves in the music of Lady Gaga cancel out our brain waves? Did they start slipping lead paint chips into our Happy Meals?
The situation only gets more mysterious, though, because I’m assuming Maher, Lopez, Kerry, and Benen think Americans were also massively stupid back in 2004, too, when George W. Bush was reelected along with a Republican Congress.
What could possibly account for this diabolical roller-coaster ride of intellectual iniquity?!
Why is it that Americans in 2010 have given up on truth, science, and facts in favor of nonsense, falsity, and simple commands like “sit” and “stay”?! It’s confounding, particularly given that they embraced truth, science, and facts in 2008, despite having rejected them in 2004!
Or, could it be — and I’m going out on a limb here — could it be that there hasn’t been massive switch back and forth in American intelligence?
Maybe the “IQ roller-coaster” theory is just the result of the foolish belief among some — Maher, Lopez, Kerry, and Benen — that Democrat victories (and Republican losses) are always founded in truth and rationality, and their equally foolish belief that Republican victories (and Democrat losses) are always founded in lies, propaganda, and irrationality.
Could it be that Democrats are also prone to having some difficult to substantiate beliefs? Such as being more likely to believe that:
Bush knew about 9/11 beforehand;
Jews are responsible for the economic crisis;
they have spoken with the deceased;
you can put a curse on others by using the “evil eye”.
Could it be that there are lots of swing voters out there, voters who sometimes think that Republicans are more credible and appealing, and at other times think that Democrats are more credible and appealing?
Could it be that political and economic issues are, oh, complicated, such that people might reasonably change their allegiance from time to time when it comes to what party they vote for?
Could it be that science, logic, truth, evidence and facts aren’t all standing arm-in-arm exclusively with Democrats and sticking their tongues out at Republicans?
Nah, that’s too far-fetched. Turn off Lady Gaga, dump your fries on the table and start looking for paint chips!