Sunday, July 29, 2012

Stupid Is As Stupid Does



From The Science, at this site:

"Republicans obviously resent studies that impugn their intelligence more than they object to other differences, but in all seven studies done about Fox News viewers, they were shown to be the "most consistently uninformed."

"More alarmingly, around the time a survey showed that Republicans were slightly below average IQ and Democrats slightly higher on the average, another study following children to adulthood showed that low-IQ children grew up to be prejudiced, racist Republicans. In *1866* John Stuart Mill, English political philosopher and economist said, "I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it."

"And now, almost 150 years later, science has proven it, and we shall attempt to break down these important studies and surveys in future postings."

Someone once said that the Republican Party is composed of a few smart people and a whole lot of dumb ones, and the Republican sheeplet is the perfect candidate for Eric Hoffer's description of mass movements in his True Believer, who "... breed fanaticism, enthusiasm, fervent hope, hatred and intolerance; all of them are capable of releasing a powerful flow of activity in certain departments of life; all of them demand blind faith and singlehearted allegiance."

A quick look (most of us will be unable to spend much time on such idiocy) on the forum of the so-called Free Republic will be enough to verify the intellectually-challenged Conservative sheeplets.

And what do we do with such morons? They aren't the leadership, they are just drones that mindlessly follow the instructions received each morning through Fox "News" and drug addict Rush Limbaugh.

There is the line that Facebook's Chest Strongwell takes, treating the sheeplets with profane scorn -->(
https://www.facebook.com/I.have.one.thousand.balls#!/photo.php?fbid=178514018948140&set=a.172314839568058.39516.120447191421490&type=1&theater) His site is worth exploring on gloomy, rainy days when laughs are few.




But while such fun is effective in driving the poor Conservative robots into hiding, it doesn't eliminate the problem the way that criminalizing Conservatism does.
Erasmus of Rotterdam, in his classic The Praise of Folly,created "Folly," a goddess pretty much conforming to the loud-mouthed stupidity of Conservative followers the person of low intelligence who nevertheless speaks out constantly. "...Nursed by two other nymphs Inebriation and Ignorance, her faithful companions include Philautia (self-love), Kolakia (flattery), Lethe (oblivion), Misoponia (laziness), Hedone (pleasure), Anoia (madness), Tryphe (wantonness) and two gods Komos (intemperance) and Eegretos Hypnos (dead sleep). Folly praises herself endlessly, arguing that life would be dull and distasteful without her. Of earthly existence, Folly pompously states, "you'll find nothing frolic or fortunate that it owes not to me." (http://www.ourcivilisation.com/smartboard/shop/erasmus/intro/intro1.htm)

After Conservatism is criminalized, many of the Conservative followers may have to be treated medically as suffering from mental deficiency, but the one solution is to reeducate the Conservative sheeplets with some modicum of intelligence and non-Authoritarian makeup in their personality to a more logical pattern of thought and to teach them to eliminate the hatred towards others that they learned at their parents' knee.

Only re-education programs would help, and already Texas has anticipated this move by seeking to bar critical thinking skills in public schools. For after the Conservative sheeplets have learned to separate fact from fiction and propaganda from truth, the base of their support at the ballot boxes is gone.

 

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STUPIDITY:

"Some fellows get credit for being conservative when they are only stupid."

Kin Hubbard


"Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain."

Friedrich Schiller (German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright. 1759 – 1805)

"Stupidity is a form of weakness."

Dorothy L. Sayers and Jill Paton Walsh. Thrones, Dominations, p. 270

"Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity."

Samuel George "Sammy" Davis Jr. (American entertainer, dancer, musician, singer, television and film star, Broadway and nightclub performer, also known for his impersonations of actors and other celebrities and cover version of *Mr. Bojangels* and *The Candy Man* among other hits. December, 1925 – May, 1990)

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