A huge percent of the American population is stupid – and proud of it. These were the uninformed voters that elected a narcissistic con man to the Presidency.
In one of Jay Leno’s skits he asked people on the streets in California basic Civics questions – here are some of the responses:
Name the three branches of government. Most couldn’t answer.
What did the Emancipation Proclamation do? No one knew.
Who did the U.S. fight in the American Revolution? A man hesitated and then answered France.
It the President and Vice-President die who becomes President? When told it was Speaker of the House a woman insisted that, No - It was the Secretary of State.
When asked who runs the Judicial Branch of government, people could not answer.
One person could not name the Vice-President of the United States.
Another guessed that the American Flag had thirty stars.
A number of people were asked, who said ‘Give me liberty or give me death.” Most did not know and one man answered Bonaparte.
This is a disgraceful display of our inadequate educational system. But beyond that is demonstrates the feckless nature of a majority of Americans. They don’t know, they don’t care to know, and they are proud of their ignorance. These make up the majority of the Tea Party Republicans and the majority of the Trump voters.
Let’s look at the darling of the Tea Party, Sarah Palin. When asked the ‘got-ya’ question about Paul Revere’s ride – here was her answer.
You can’t fix stupid; but we could better educate our young people. In the meantime, we must loudly confront ignorance wherever it exists; especially the lies and half-truths that are spun in the Republican bubble and that have fueled the election of Donald Trump.