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Just How Stupid Are We?

(originally launched into cyberspace on 08/31/2007)

My Fellow Americans,

Much amusement has been had over the recent incoherent, air-headed
ramblings of Miss South Carolina during the recent Miss Teen USA
pageant. (Actually, I feel a little sorry for her, since I highly
doubt that her profound cluelessness was entirely her own doing.
Usually it takes a lot of co-conspirators -- teachers, parents,
friends, etc. -- to result in such extreme bimbo-ness.) For those
who haven't witnessed the gruesome event, when asked why a fifth of
Americans couldn't find the U.S. on a world map, Miss South
Carolina responded with what sounded like the output of a random-
word generator. (Go to and search for "South
Carolina," and you'll see what I mean.) Normally, words are used to
convey thoughts between people. In her case, the words seemed
designed to convey the ILLUSION of thought, but without much
success. She was, no doubt, trained to include certain catch words
and phrases: "I personally believe," "such as," "our future,"
"Iraq," "Africa," etc. And she did. She just didn't bother
including anything in between, which might have formed an actual
concept or idea.

But what disturbs me a lot more than that one display of ignorance -
- - which is hardly unusual in modern America -- is the fact that
when people do EXACTLY what Miss South Carolina did, only with more
confidence and steadiness, we Americans usually grant them
unlimited power over us. These days the megalomaniacs -- those who
desire personal power and dominion over others -- dupe most people
without even having to make a half-decent effort. Consider, as a
randomly-chosen example, the following clip of Barrack Obama:

Looking sincere and confident, he spends several minutes throwing
out catch phrases which, taken as a whole, mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
If I have to watch someone spewing out words which convey no shred
of thought, I'd much rather watch Miss South Carolina do it.
Frankly, I'd also rather have her be the all-powerful ruler of the
world than have what we have now, because no amount of good old-
fashioned stupidity could ever do the damage which the love-of-
dominion crowd does every day through its supposedly well-
intentioned "solutions."

In his sales pitch for himself, Mr. Obama spoke of wanting a
"different kind of politics," and wanting to see the "change and
progress that we so desperately need." He pretended to sympathize
with the common folk who face concerns about health care costs,
pensions and college bills, and said that partisanship was
preventing people from "working together in a practical, common
sense way." (Actually, "GOVERNMENT" is what prevents that.) He said
he wanted us to "come together around our common interests and
concerns as Americans." He said that engaged citizens working
together can accomplish extraordinary things, and that he has great
hope for the future, because he believes in you. Isn't that sweet?

So what did we learn from all that? We learned that Mr. Obama knows
how to echo the same meaningless rhetoric that all politicians in
all countries throughout all of history have used. When's the last
time you heard a politician say, "Ya know, I don't much care about
your stupid concerns. You're a bunch of worthless twits who
couldn't wipe your noses if not for government. I have no intention
of changing the system at all, I just want to be the one in charge
of it for as long as it lasts, before the poop really hits the fan
and this whole silly charade comes crashing down"? (Come to think
of it, I might vote for someone who said that.)

And I picked Mr. Obama's stupid ramblings at random. The same could
be said about the rhetoric of anyone else in government: Hillary,
McCain, Giuliani, Bush, Kerry, Gore, Cheney, and so on, ad
infinitum. EVERY politician in Washington (with the possible
exception of Ron Paul) spews the same meaningless drivel, and it
WORKS--as demonstrated by the fact that they're STILL THERE.

So before you laugh too loudly at poor Miss South Carolina, who
merely sought to win a pageant, look how many of your fellow
Americans are eager to give unbridled power, over everyone and
everything in the country, to people who do nothing more than
parrot the same old meaningless catch-phrases that tyrants have
used forever. The ignorance of Miss South Carolina doesn't hurt
anyone but herself. The ignorance of the American voters, on the
other hand, results in the robbery, extortion, harassment,
terrorization, assault, wrongful imprisonment, and/or murder of
MILLIONS of innocent human beings. And those same voters have the
gall and hypocrisy to laugh at Miss South Carolina. Amazing.


Larken Rose