Christians are persecuted in this country. The government is coming to get your guns. Obama is a Muslim. Global Warming is a hoax. The president is forcing open homosexuality on the military. Schools push a left-wing agenda. Social Security is an entitlement, no different from welfare. Obama hates white people. The life on earth is 10,000 years old and so is the universe. The safety net contributes to poverty. The government is taking money from you and giving it to sex-crazed college women to pay for their birth control.One could easily list many more such commonplace delusions believed by Americans. They are kept in circulation by hundreds of right-wing political and religious media outlets whose function is to fabricate an alternate reality for their viewers and their listeners. “Stupidity is sometimes the greatest of historical forces,” Sidney Hook said once. No doubt. What we have in this country is the rebellion of dull minds against the intellect. That’s why they love politicians who rail against teachers indoctrinating children against their parents’ values and resent the ones who show ability to think seriously and independently. Despite their bravado, these fools can always be counted on to vote against their self-interest. And that, as far as I’m concerned, is why millions are being spent to keep my fellow citizens ignorant." --Charles Simic (NYR Blog)
"In the past, if someone knew nothing and talked nonsense, no one paid any attention to him. No more. Now such people are courted and flattered by conservative politicians and ideologues as "Real Americans"defending their country against big government and educated liberal elites. The press interviews them and reports their opinions seriously without pointing out the imbecility of what they believe. The hucksters, who manipulate them for the powerful financial interests, know that they can be made to believe anything, because, to the ignorant and the bigoted, lies always sound better than truth:
"I can end the deficit in five minutes. You just pass a law that says that any time there's a deficit of more than 3 percent of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election." - Warren Buffett
Warren has some respectable ideas. He's super successful and rich, so his opinion makes headlines. Too bad our leadership in Congress doesn't listen. I guess it's hard to hear anything, let alone Buffett, when you have your head deep up your ass. The plan he made (half-joking) would be effective. Priorities people. "Yeah. Now you've got the incentives in the right place, right?" - Big B. Read more on raising the debt limit by perusing the full transcript.
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