Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups – George Carlin
Ecclesiastes was wrong! There is plenty of new shit under the sun and most of it sucks!
To wit, despite surviving six decades of rather interesting times, I never thought I’d see the day where stupidity was not only a virtue, but it reigns supreme. And the second you think one slice of the political spectrum has earned a monopoly it, the equal and opposite slice somehow manages to “rise” to the occasion and top them.
Whoever said “the difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits” wasn’t kidding.
It would seem I was silly enough to believe that progressives’ capacity to apply fascism to a pandemic that barely affects healthy people was more than enough to give conservatives an electoral leg up for years to come. C’mon! We’re right back to wearing masks that don’t work to protect people who are too stupid to get vaccinated. Then the nanny-staters are forcing retail establishments to play mask NARC, school board meetings have become battlegrounds, and the left believes in science only when it suits their stilted authoritarian agenda.
Worse yet, tegardless of the overwhelming CDC stipulations and the vast evidence (Lollapalooza), progressives still believe the plague can be transmitted outdoors or in well-ventilated grocery stores. So, the right ran with it and now those loony lefties are soon-to-be political toast, right?
Because just when you think it’s all over but the shouting, conservatives set their sights on the kind of stupidity that sets them all the way back to 1896.
For example! Instead of seeing the bright blue Sharpie handwriting on the wall, in a purported red state that Trump won by a scant 52 percent, instead of building the bigger tent they keep bragging about, the Texas GOP just installed one of the most onerous anti-abortion laws in the country. It’s as if the right won’t let the left “beat” them at anything, including the race to the bottom!
The first problem with this Texas insanity is, the average age of a Lone Star voter is 60, and pandering to a voter base that’s facing imminent extinction is never a good long-term strategy. But the real kick in the ass is those diehard older red folks would vote Republican regardless of any other consideration. The Cheeto Supreme has certainly proven that to be the case.
Ah! But the bigger issue is, as any local candidate with a quarter of a brain will tell you, the shortest route to a massive election defeat is to aggravate women. You see, consistently vote in greater numbers than their male counterparts, and as any married man will tell you, they never forget a thing!
Texas women, particularly those of the coveted swing voter variety, will not soon forget this ill-conceived assault on one of their most basic rights and they’ll inevitably take their anger out at the polling place. And the second kick in the ass is, those Texas GOP nitwits courted this impending political disaster with a boneheaded law that will ultimately be struck down as unconstitutional.
No limits on stupidity, right?
So, I’m not sure which one’s worse, progressives who claim to believe in science, but routinely ignore it, or conservatives who abandon all pretense.
Can anyone tell me how our rightwing brethren can somehow believe that well-tested COVID vaccines are really a nefarious government plot involving nanochips, but they’ll readily take the livestock deworming pharmaceutical ivermectin despite the fact that it could kill them?
Did they learn nothing from the hydroxychloroquine debacle?
The amazing irony is, if this column was intended to be satire it would be fucking hilarious, but it’s not, and sadly, there’s absolutely no hyperbole involved, either. So, how did we get to the point where stupidity has become an art form? And how is it that, of all the finer character traits available on this planet, stupidity has to be the only one the right AND the left fully embrace?
That means my question is this! Has this country always been this stupid, but we’ve somehow managed to keep a lid on it, or is it that being stupid has become all the rage? I’m suddenly thinkin’ it’s the former and Madame de Tencin was dead on when she said, “The great mistake made by intelligent people is to refuse to believe that the world is as stupid as it is.”
I suppose the silver lining in all of this is I’ll never underestimate the stupidity of the American public again!