Thursday, September 16, 2010

Do You Think Stupidity Caused the Fall of Rome?

A recent weekly quiz in my Political Theory class (AWESOME CLASS, btw) had a question about what I felt was the biggest threat to democracy* in this country. I took a full paragragh to answer a question that I could have answered with one word.


I even included a theory a research psychologist friend of mine shared with me a couple of years ago on WHY our collective IQ is dropping, but I won't bore you with it here.

As I sit in my office listening to a highly educated medical doctor babble bullshit about how the President is bankrupting our country.

Stupid is running amuck.

This is long, just over 13 minutes. Please watch it. Glen Beck and Sarah Palin are NOT part of this video. This is a video of a young man at the rally speaking to every day people who attended. People who believe television commercials, entertainment shows, and those emails which contain nothing but lies but spread like wildfire. You have a right in this great country to believe whatever you want to believe, but PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE figure out WHY you believe the way you do. Learn to defend your beliefs so that we (Americans) can have a real dialogue and stop pointing fingers and calling names. And Please don't call anyone names if you don't know what they mean!!

H/T to The Swash Zone. Spread this video. Show the world our stupid.


True Blue Texan said...

Well, you've read enough of my blog to know what I think, but for everyone else here - Yes, is the answer.

And I would love to read the theory of your research psychologist friend. Drop me an email (truebluetx @ gmail (dot) com).

Mauigirl said...

Agree completely, stupid is it. When a country's people stop questioning what they hear and jump to totally unwarranted conclusions and then have rallies around those conclusions, that is the begininning of the end of that country. Rome helped itself fall by making its people more and more stupid, by keeping them constantly distracted by bloody shows in the Coliseum - much as we do today with the pitiful junk that is shown on television. We are on our way down, for sure.

Nance said...

Copy that email to Truebluetx to me, also, please. In fact, in your spare time between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m., just go ahead and write that up for us. I want to see how that theory jives with my own and some others I know of.

Don't you just love it at the Zone? No holds are barred.

Stupid. Yup. And not a one of them is shy about it, either.

Nance said...

Did I say I love this post? Meant to. And I like seeing your comments in some of my favorite places.

LeftLeaningLady said...

You are such wonderful people. I really appreciate the fact that you read what I have written. I will post my friend's theory, but first... I AM GOING TO DC TO THE RALLY TO RESTORE SANITY.

Ok, I am calm now! I can't wait!!!