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Stephen P. Pizzo - Americans are genuinely, provably and incurably, stupid.
Thursday, 25 March 2010 06:11
by Stephen P. Pizzo

After six and half decades on this planet I’ve come to some conclusions. One of them is that roughly 15% to 20% of Americans are genuinely, provably and incurably, stupid. And, while beauty may only be skin deep, stupid goes all the way to the bone. After a decade of failed governance -- two unnecessary wars and a ruined economy, Republicans had all but run out of enough moderately-sane voters willing to take any further chances with them. That’s when they glommed onto the idea of corralling America’s moron-demographic to plug the gap.

But the ignorant are hard to sway with fact-based policy discussions or green-eyeshade budget details. They need to be “energized” with drama, and plenty of it. Maury Povich and Jerry Springer knew that and built their fame and fortunes on knowing how to “energize” the dumb and dumber among us. It’s all about the drama baby... tabloid quality drama is what gets their blood boiling. Allegations, the wilder the better, and the fewer contradicting facts the better.

For example, you don’t use benign terms like, “End of life counseling” with the moron-demographic. (Too many of them might just stare back blankly and ask, “Ah, why would you want to counsel a dead person?”) Maury would advise, "Death panels,” instead. Death is, of course, the “end of life,”and we’re all going there someday, and as we approach that point of departure I’m sure we and/or our loved ones might appreciate and benefit from some counseling -- including morons. But by calling them “Death panels,” counseling becomes even scarier than death itself. That’s how one gets the moron-blood a-boilin’.

Anyway, I’ve belabored my point more than I had intended. The bottom line is that the GOP, in a desperate bid to regain power, has energized that 15%-20% of genuinely and willfully stupid citizenry. And, if we’ve learned anything from modern history, from Germany circa 1930s, the former Yugoslavia in the 90’s to the genocide in Rwanda during the Clinton years... it’s that once you get the moron-demographic “energized” and they become an angry mob, it’s impossible to control them.

The early signs of trouble are already there. The ball’s rollin’ and, unless it stalls and soon, someone(s) going to get killed. Already we are seeing a rash of Kristallnacht-like incidents at Democratic Party offices around the country:
“...... several Democratic offices around the nation had been vandalized in the days surrounding the House health care vote. Vandals have struck the Tuscon office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), the Monroe County Democratic Committee headquarters in upstate New York, Rep. Louise Slaughter’s (D-NY) Niagara Falls office, the Knox County Democratic headquarters in Ohio, and the Sedgwick County Democratic Party headquarters in Wichita, KS. The local Rochester ABC affiliate now has more information on the upstate NY vandalism, including an assassination threat against the children of lawmakers who voted for health reform. No one was inside when the brick was hurled through the Democratic Patry Headquarters on University Avenue. Attached was a note quoting conservative Barry Goldwater: “Exremism [sic] in defense of liberty is no vice”.

[Rep. Louise] Slaughter has been at the center of the push for reform. Last Thursday she received a chilling recorded message at her campaign office. “Assassinate is the word they used…toward the children of lawmakers who voted yes.”

The FBI is investigating.


In search of a constituency the GOP sowed the wind, and now they, and the rest of us, will reap the whirlwind.

I have a new favorite saying. I don’t know who said it first, but it applies in spades: It goes like this:

Don’t tell me what you believe, tell me what you’ve done and I’ll tell you what you believe.”

Now, it’s bad enough for a political party to pander to the lowest common denominators among us, but when a major media outlet decides to jump into that dangerous game, it’s really something. Thus the story that follows:

CNN: Fair, Balance, and now with Nuts

Today we have reason to look into the career of commentator Erick Erickson, who was recently hired by CNN as an official house pundit. "Joining CNN is like coming home, and being in Atlanta makes the decision right for me and my family," said Erickson. Meanwhile, CNN described Erickson as a "perfect fit" for the John King news program to which he is now attached.

I knew nothing of this Erickson; perhaps I should have paid more attention. The Web site Media Matters collected some of the more temperate and wise comments that Erickson has made at his RedState.com blog, in which he routinely published his rants and screeds. I present a few of them just to give you an idea where CNN (remember, that's the "good" cable news network) wants to go.

John Henke of Media Matters did the actual legwork, or perhaps fingerwork, as follows (all paraphrases mine; send me the nasty letters):

1. At one point in his blog, Erickson was discussing a proposal before the Washington state Legislature to ban a certain kind of commercial dishwasher detergent. "At what point do the people tell the politicians to go to hell? At what point do they get off the couch, march down to their state legislator's house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp for being an idiot?" Later in the post, Erickson added: "Were I in Washington State, I'd be cleaning my gun right about now waiting to protect my property from the coming riots or the government apparatchiks coming to enforce nonsensical legislation."

Yes, the freedom to choose one's detergent - worth killing for. Why? Because our very liberties are at stake. Note: Nowhere was Erickson seen toting a gun to protect his washday product. That's pretty typical of the right-wing blowhards; their basic rhetorical strategy is "let's you and him fight."

2. In a blog post headlined "Is Obama Shagging Hookers Behind the Media's Back?" Erickson stated, "I assume not. I assume that Obama's Marxist harpy wife would go Lorena Bobbitt on him should he even think about it, but I ask the question to make one simple point: Barack Obama, like Elliott (sic) Spitzer, is a creation of the liberal media and, as a result, could be a serial killing transvestite and the media would turn a blind eye."

Read full article located here.



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