Skip to comments.The dumbing down of America
Posted on 05/27/2004 10:31:26 PM PDT by kattracks
After 35 years hosting a talk radio show Ive become habituated to being labeled as everything but a child of God. Offensive? Certainly, sometimes. Insensitive? You bet! Guilty as charged. Life is insensitive, so is the truth. I dont hide from either.
Well, this column ought to certainly stir the puddin. I wish to make an observation that I dare say most of you are going to find both offensive and insensitive. I really dont expect to make any friends here, but I may just cause a few people to think for a few minutes.
One day in the late 1970s I asked my listeners to call and tell me what they thought was the most important thing that they had learned listening to talk radio. At some point during that show a caller turned the tables. He asked me to share the most important thing I had learned hosting a talk show. My self-editing mechanisms were on the blink that day not an unusual situation so I immediately blurted out the first thing that came to mind. I told the caller that the most amazing thing I had learned was how truly stupid the American people are. Sorry folks. Its was just the first thing that came to my mind. Maybe it would have been better if I has said obtuse instead of stupid. At least then the truly stupid ones wouldnt have understood, and I might have kept a few listeners.
Well, sad to say, not much has happened in the twenty-something years since that particular program to change my opinion. While its no longer true for the bulk of talk radio listeners, Im afraid it still stands as true for the rest. The majority of Americans cant tell you who the vice president is. Not two out of ten Americans could tell you the name of their two U.S. Senators and their congressman. Examples are plenteous. Most Americans, for instance, actually think that the United States is supposed to be a democracy. Its not. New Mexico, by the way, IS a state.
My opinion was reinforced last week when I heard that a Fox News Opinion Dynamics poll found that a huge majority of Americans think that our economy is growing worse. What have they been smoking? Our economy grew at a 4.4% rate during the first quarter of 2004, and these people think its in the tank? Employment numbers are up. Manufacturing is up. Government revenue is up. Incomes are up. Home sales are up. Home ownership is at record levels. Poverty is down. The truth is that our economy is doing amazingly well and poised to do even better; yet the majority of Americans dont realize this? The forecast for economic growth for the current quarter is between 4.5 and 5%. With these numbers, how do you say our economy is doing poorly? Maybe its because so many of these people rely on Entertainment Tonight for their daily news. You do know, dont you, that more Americans get their news from Entertainment Tonight than from any other single news source.
Lets cut to the chase. Ive come to the reluctant but inescapable conclusion that about 50% of the adults in this country are simply too ignorant and functionally incompetent to be living in a free society. They have enthusiastically abandoned their sovereignty to the lure of the welfare state. They are, in fact, afraid to be free. They have no working concept of the responsibilities of individuals who would live free of government tyranny or mob rule. Their ignorance renders them incapable of coping with the responsibilities of liberty. These are people who cannot exist at anything other than a basic level without someone else stepping forward to take care of them. Theyre adult children. They need to and deserve to live in a dictatorship, hopefully, for their sake, benevolent.
The real problem here is that the rest of us are constantly suffering encroachments on our own freedoms to provide for the survival of the ignorant. Were forced to invest (if thats the word) 15% of our paychecks into a disability insurance and retirement plan that would constitute criminal activity in every one of the 50 states were it not run by government. We must do this, were told, because there are just too many people out there who arent bright enough to do it on their own. Were facing the inevitability of socialized medicine. As soon as the social Democratic party gets its way, with no small amount of help from the Republicans, Americans will be waiting months -- if not years for basic elective surgery. Private citizens will be sent to jail for trying to find a private doctor to treat their ills outside of the approved and official government plan. Freedoms are being lost because of political pandering to those unable to cope.
Solutions? You want solutions? Look, I just came here today to grumble. Im just tired of seeing rampant widespread stupidity tear down the greatest attempt at self-government in the history of world civilization. Maybe a separation of government and education might help. Perhaps we could restrict voting privileges to those who have a clue. Theres certainly nothing in our Constitution that would prohibit that. One thing is for certain, as the ranks of the clueless increase, as more and more Americans opt for security over freedom, as more people surrender their individuality for the ease of running with the mob, the erosion of the liberties, social and economic, that made this country what it is will proceed apace.
Maybe its just time for a good escape plan.
Neal Boortz is a lawyer and nationally syndicated radio talk show host.
©2004 Neal Boortz
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Isn't it sad.
It's not a matter of what they've been smoking, rather it's the sources of their information. The liberal media wants to portray Iraq, the economy, crime, race relations, etc, in the poorest light possible so that John Ef'en Kerry will look like a knight in shining armor who's ready to deliver us from that inept Bush administration. It's a simple case of the end justifying the means. But that aside, there are some really stupid people out there, usually ones who are a product of the public school system.
You beat me to it again. Boortz is a treasure.
>>Were forced to invest (if thats the word) 15% of our paychecks into a disability insurance and retirement plan that would constitute criminal activity in every one of the 50 states were it not run by government. We must do this, were told, because there are just too many people out there who arent bright enough to do it on their own.
Yet...smart enough to vote? That's a good point....What if we had a bare minimum competancy to vote test? [hah!]
The leftists have succeeded in transforming a society of self reliant citizens with one of the highest literacy rates in the world to a nation of increasing numbers of intellectual "have-nots" and "will-nots" who believe that they are informed because they can turn on their TV set and see images from across the globe.
1. Separate the government from the educational system. Let the market and individual and local initiative drive educating our youth as it did in years past. Recognize that many of the greatest names in our nation's history were effectively either home schooled or self-educated.
2. Make property ownership a requirement for voting. It's imperfect, but it's less subjective than coming up with an measurable standard to identify "those who have a clue".
3. Overturn "campaign finance reform", diversity programs, university speech codes and any other law, bill, executive order or socialized restriction that infringes on free speech and open pursuit of knowledge and truth!
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