Thursday, July 30, 2009

HL Menken was right- Will the stupid inherit the earth?

I am wondering if these polls are accurate. It seems to me by the time you take them, process them and all they are out of date like snaps shoots from last week. The bottleneck of government and special interests at the top of the political food chain is one of the gifts of the twenty-four hour news cycle to the American public in the sense, that we can see it so clearly. What is also apparent is how we, as the audience, are subjected to a divide and conquer strategy my the media mavens.
the "Birthers" stuff is a great example because the people who you have to "de-program" will never permit that to happen. The result is the lunatics may not run the asylum but they certainly sit on the board.
Glenn Beck, for example, failed former drive time shock jock, now a multi-millionaire pundit, who hasn't got a clue about anything real at all, can drive a story by just saying stupid outrageous things and the cycle picks it up and extends the story for weeks.
The perversion of communication in allowing the empty headed and those with agendas that are entirely selfish is a problem that has nowhre reached the level of toxicity that it will.
As we watch the Right's planned destruction of Barack Obama those who brought him to the dance should be very cautious because they succeded in getting him there but it is not even ten persent of the battle that must be waged to transform America from what it has become to where it should be. If this place is supposed to be the envy of the world as the Right suggests then they should do a lot more soul searching and a lot less ass kissing and hold some of their "voices" accountable.
I am not optimistic HL Menken, whose diaries I am now perusing was correct when he said, "no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public"
I heard a fascinating statistic the other day, Obama got over 78% of the vote of people who were college graduates and the reverse was true of the McCain. This staticitc was true in regions where the population is more highly educated the North and the West and the R's held tight with the less educated white populations. This is a troubling statistic because it implies that if you are uneduacted the party for you is the R's and ,more importantly, the smarter you are the more you realize how much the Republican Party, the Right specifically is cashing in on ignorance within the population. Once you smarten up those guys like Beck, William Kristol, Ann Coulter, Malkin Hamity (the list is long and frankly sad) don't seem to bright. How could one possibly listen to Sarah Palin and think she could be in charge of anything but a car poll and pull it off.
However, as I have declared a homestead on the edge and really don't desire a mainstrean perspective, I am not optimistic for the "mainstream" white American who cannot come to grips with the fact that 53% of the country actually followed their better angels last November and forone did the right thing instead of the RIGHT thing.

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