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  •  Cognative Dissonance (4+ / 0-)

    No, they really aren't stupid.  You just can't write off 25% of Americans as dumb.  Please.  Just don't.  Given time, they will resove this intellectual delimma, and most will resolve it in a fair manner.

    Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

    by lostboyjim on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 09:39:06 AM PDT

    •  You shouldn't write them off, but (5+ / 0-)

      one could mount a credible argument that 25% of Americans are not that bright. 50% of Americans have an IQ that is below the average. Your 25% of the total could be the bottom 50% of that below-average group. I'm not saying it's so, categorization is a messy business, but it is possible.

      What is truly scary to me are the people of average and above intelligence who, even though mentally quite capable, maintain themselves as low information voters who can be suckered by the oligarchs.

      •  Yes I have friends from college like that, very (2+ / 0-)
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        well educated and 2 of them are scientists but they are very conservative and vote Republican.  They do so because they are Evangelicals. As when they moved for their first job after college, they were welcomed and found a home in the Evangelical right wing churches.

        I also have some family members and friends who are very well educated and very intelligent but they refuse to watch or listen to anything political and they are very low information voters. They believe rumor and often right wing spin because they have friends who are right wing.

        But then again, many of these old friends from college were liberals in college but then got saved or something to that effect and stick with the Evangelical right on issues and voting.

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        by wishingwell on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 10:19:15 AM PDT

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    •  There's a mindset that goes along with it (1+ / 0-)
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      We all go a bit nuts when someone cuts in line ahead of us. That's natural. There are a fair number of people out there who view government assistance as an unfair benefit, as cutting in line. They see it as someone who is undeserving getting something they didn't earn and somehow that is a ripoff of the rest of society. If we simply limit government, then less people will be able to get government assistance and rip society off. They tend to see foreign aid and welfare assistance as much, much larger parts of the federal budget than they actually are.

      They may not be stupid but they are very uninformed.

      i just baptized andrew breitbart into the church of islam, planned parenthood, the girl scouts and three teachers unions. - @blainecapatch

      by bobinson on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 10:13:36 AM PDT

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    •  To paraphrase Maynard Keynes, (1+ / 0-)
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      Given time, we're all dead.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 10:25:11 AM PDT

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    •  You, sir, are a cock-eyed optimist. (1+ / 0-)
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      If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything - unknown

      by incognita on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 10:52:15 AM PDT

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