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Say it with me: My country is stupid. My rant switch is set to “on.”

Not just the AM Hate Radio dittoheads, nor the teabaggers, the ant-science climate change deniers, the screamers, the birthers, the deathers – no, not just the obvious ones.

The people who believe that we still live in a Democracy, even as we watch as our Dem majority allows health-care “reform” to be dumped on its ear, transmogrified from reform, into a buy-it-or-face-a-fine tyranny, a giveaway to the insurance corporations that wrought this damnable mess in the first place. Think your vote matters anywhere near as much as, say, the interests of Blue Cross Blue Shield?

In this corporatist America?

Don’t be frakking stupid.

(I can’t advocate not voting, but the change to make our votes matter at this point would have to be pretty vast.)
I think journalism is pretty well dead here in the U.S., mostly because we don’t care. I’m a news junkie who’s watched CNN do a breathless, lengthy report on the benefits of Onstar technology in your car one week, then awoke to a rah-rah piece of payola/shit about Dominoes changing its pizza recipes.

The best takedown of Sarah Palin arrived via Bill O’Reilly. Ostensibly a friendly interviewer, with the repetition of a single question, Bill-O reduced her to ungrammatical jibberish:

O'Reilly: Let me be bold and fresh again. Do you believe you are smart enough, and incisive enough, intellectual enough, to handle the most powerful job in the world?

Palin: I believe that I am because I have common sense, and I have, I believe, the values that are reflective of so many American values. And I believe that what Americans are seeking is not the elitism, the, um, the, ah -- kind of spineless -- a spinelessness that perhaps is made up for that with elite Ivy League education and -- fact resume that's based on anything but hard work and private-sector, free-enterprise principles. Americans could be seeking something like that in positive change in their leadership. I'm not saying that that has to be me.

And yet. And yet people still follow her, a flock of lobotomized sheep following a gibberish-spouting nutcase.
Our “journalists” suck. They don’t care enough to cover what the HCR bill has become, don’t give a damn about naked payola, and for some reason treat Sarah Palin as though she makes sense.

I spoke with a group of international students at my university a few weeks back. They have trouble believing that anyone wrestles with Calc 1 here, because they took that sort of stuff in high school. They seem astonished to have a country such as ours taking the lead in the world.

I am reminded of what struck me as a humiliating visit to the Creation Museum, a project so abjectly illiterate of science that it reduced at least one of the visiting scientists to tears.

How and why are so many people sleepwalking through all of this?

I’d honestly like an answer.

Originally posted to Professor Jonathan (Cenobyte) on Thu Dec 17, 2009 at 06:30 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    "They blamed it on the Islamic fanatics, at the time. [...] That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary." -Handmaid's Tale

    by Cenobyte on Thu Dec 17, 2009 at 06:30:18 AM PST

  •  Nevah overestimate the intelligence of the (1+ / 0-)
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    Everyone knows how to talk, and no one knows what to say.

    by A Runner on Thu Dec 17, 2009 at 06:38:15 AM PST

    •  don't You mean ... (3+ / 0-)
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      Cenobyte, FishBiscuit, A Runner

      Never Underestimate the Ignorance of the Electorate

      watching this nation through 2 terms of George W Bush and through the past year of teabaggers and Palinistas ... i am convinced that i have most defintely been underestimating the ignorance that abounds -- and Proudly -- case in point -- Glenn Beck is honestly and devotely PROUD of his ignorance -- and encourages it among his listeners/viewers

      "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

      by josephk on Thu Dec 17, 2009 at 07:03:17 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I am envious of anyone sleepwalking through it (1+ / 0-)
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    obliviousness has its rewards, I suppose.

    If apes evolved from humans, why are there still humans?

    by Bobs Telecaster on Thu Dec 17, 2009 at 06:39:47 AM PST

  •  In a word, freedom (0+ / 0-)

    We have the freedom to choose what we want to do. Many of us choose to be entertained at the movie theatre or by watching sports on TV. It either takes some kind of a regulation to make individuals study harder or it takes a lot of self discipline.

    We blame wall street for being so irresponsible yet we acted no differently with our own freedom to do as we pleased.

    Basic fact of life: Societies that are free get less done.

    Or, I could be completely crazy :)

    •  Is it really that simple, though? (0+ / 0-)

      I can't escape the sense that corporations seem to control virtually everything: The vast spread of high fructose corn syrup, the coverage of new pizza recipes at Domino's as "news," HCR becoming a handout to the corporations that have made this mess and made damned sure that Americans do not get health care as right, but rather as a privilege ...

      The nonsense of Halliburton subsidiaries getting no-bid, multi-billion-dollar war-profiteering contracts in Iraq, the ability of industry to sway so many sleepwalking Americans into actually -- and angrily -- believing that health-care reform means killing off people who don't seem worth saving?

      And seriously, Joe Lieberman, who openly admits that he's torpedoing HCR partly to piss off liberals? And our president keeping the Bush-era and corrupt policy of making sure the federal government cannot negotiate lower-cost prescriptions here in the U.S. that so many other countries enjoy?

      We're herded like cattle, a bunch of dumb-ass cows, glad to get our daily does of cud.

      "They blamed it on the Islamic fanatics, at the time. [...] That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary." -Handmaid's Tale

      by Cenobyte on Thu Dec 17, 2009 at 06:50:05 AM PST

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      •  Well, I think they are related... (0+ / 0-)

        If we weren't so busy standing in line for the next Harry Potter movie, or being frightened to death by the TV news, or being busy working to find ways to 'increase our customer base', etc. then perhaps we'd have more time to deal with the corporate ownership of America.

        But we wrongly believe that's what government is for. To protect us from that. Instead, the reality is that many of those public servants are on the corporation's side of things.

  •  Since my initial viewing of the movie "Idiocracy (1+ / 0-)
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    I have increasingly recognized the signs that it shows a basic truth:  Intelligence is no longer a human survival trait.    And it steadily grows worse.

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