"Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative."
John Stuart Mill
Turns out.... if we weren't already, we really are turning into a "nation of know-nothings"...
Having shed much of his dignity, core convictions and reputation for straight talk, Senator John McCain won his primary on Tuesday against the flat-earth wing of his party. Now McCain can go search for his lost character, which was last on display late in his 2008 campaign for president.
Remember the moment: a woman with matted hair and a shaky voice rose to express her doubts about Barack Obama. “I have read about him,” she said, “and he’s not — he’s an Arab.”
McCain was quick to knock down the lie. “No, ma’am,” he said, “he’s a decent family man, a citizen.”
That ill-informed woman — her head stuffed with fabrications that could be disproved by a pre-schooler — now makes up a representative third or more of the Republican party. It’s not just that 47 percent of Republicans believe the lie that Obama is a Muslim, or that 27 percent in the party doubt that the president of the United States is a citizen. But fully half of them believe falsely that the big bailout of banks and insurance companies under TARP was enacted by Obama, and not by President Bush.
New York Times
And -- as usual -- the Bismarck Tribune, it's favored Letter-to-the-Editor authors and it's right wing editors join the stupid, knuckle-dragging side show.
What's frustrating is that Republican leaders -- like Newt Gingrich and John Hoeven -- know all of this, and they love it.
Hoeven Gingrich talks about Christian family values out of one side of his mouth, and then gets married and divorced more often than most people change underwear. Hoeven won't tell you anything about his positions on anything, because it's to his advantage to keep you uninformed of his opinions. He's the enigma candidate. Seriously... what do you know about his position on privatizing Social Security? Does he agree with Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republicans that benefits need to be cut and the system needs to be abandoned? Does he agree with other Republicans that we need to eliminate all farm programs? Does he agree with other Republicans that we need to increase the burden on poor and middle class people, and enact new tax cuts for the richest 2%? Does he support the Republican position on relaxing regulation of Wall Street?
You don't know, do you? Know why? Because when voters are stupid, John Hoeven and New Gingrich are happy.
Like it or lump it.
May God save us from ourselves.