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The Commonwealth of Morons

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Not much has changed since 1922 when H. L. Mencken described the United States as "the commonwealth of morons." The majority of Americans are under-educated, pathetically misinformed, generally lacking critical thinking skills, and apparently incapable of fact-based analysis. Indeed, American ignorance about current events, their own culture, history and government, as well as international current events, cultures and history, is well documented. For further evidence, simply talk to your neighbors, read comments on political blogs or listen to call-ins on talk radio. You will be astounded and even frightened.

In addition to being uninformed and incapable of connecting the dots, many Americans actually take pride in their ignorance and lack of civility. Currently we are subjected to the unmitigated ignorance of "birther" morons and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin making the ludicrous assertion that health care proposals include a "death panel." The media whores on television and braying jackasses on talk radio actually report these inanities as newsworthy of serious discussion.

Meanwhile, organized right wing efforts disrupt attempts at informed health care discussion by Democratic members of Congress with their home constituencies. These disruptions are supported by many Republicans and receive financial support from the health care industry. The spittle-screaming thugs at recent town meetings are reminiscent of the goose stepping brown shirts in the latter days of the WeimarRepublic.

Anti-intellectualism, Bible thumping ignorance and thuggish behaviors have become patriotic hallmarks. Anyone who is reasonably educated, reasonably informed and behaves in a reasonably civilized manner is branded an elitist.

In the 1980s voters agreed with Reagan that "government is the problem" and entrusted their jobs, homes, health, retirement and future of their children to corporate America. The overturning of the Glass-Steagall Act and other government regulations transformed the corporate exploitation of America in the 1980s and 1990s into the savage rape of the 21st century.

American morons are suckers for any scam as long as they are manipulated with proper flag waving, Jesus praising and fear mongering. Other effective strategies include declaring any government assistance program "socialism" and calling for more tax cuts despite national insolvency and the obscene tax breaks already scammed by corporations and the wealthy. Perhaps we should cease funding Social Security, Medicare, public school education and other such "socialist" abominations.

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Now Americans stare like deer in headlights as the United States plunges into cultural and economic free fall. Homes are foreclosed and millions are unemployed while manufacturing and high tech job are lost permanently overseas. Health care bankruptcy, depleted retirement savings and a bleak future for the next generation is the new American reality.

Government was never the problem. The problem was and is American morons and the corrupt corporate stooges they elect and re-elect to public office. The commonwealth of morons deserves its fate.

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Diderot is a Vietnam veteran who has lived abroad and traveled extensively. He is happily retired after many stultifying years of academic prostitution. Diderot is fascinated with the pathetic spectacle of America's determined rush to (more...)

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I do understand your feelings and fear that the cr... by Jeremy Haumann on Friday, Aug 14, 2009 at 12:27:03 PM
Well said.I think Jeremy was trying to say this: i... by Don Smith on Friday, Aug 14, 2009 at 2:18:44 PM
What you have written is sad but true; the average... by William Cormier on Friday, Aug 14, 2009 at 2:30:09 PM
more idiotic! I will agree the demigod stature man... by Stanimal on Friday, Aug 14, 2009 at 2:32:28 PM
The biggest problem with Reagan was that he had fo... by UncleSim on Saturday, Aug 15, 2009 at 3:27:44 PM
Do you understand that Clinton carried on the poli... by Perry Logan on Sunday, Aug 16, 2009 at 6:13:47 AM
Although I agree withsome of what you have stated... by Michael Lee on Friday, Aug 14, 2009 at 9:03:29 PM
Bush/Cheney used big oil and the military-industri... by Michael Lee on Saturday, Aug 15, 2009 at 12:02:28 AM
H.L. Mencken was writing at the close of WWI, a fi... by Bryan Emmel on Saturday, Aug 15, 2009 at 3:04:30 AM
As you're insulting everyone, I hope it includes y... by Jason Racette on Saturday, Aug 15, 2009 at 1:50:09 PM
I've never heard Mencken quoted to support an arti... by UncleSim on Saturday, Aug 15, 2009 at 3:13:51 PM
A Confederacy of Dunces, equally as apt. Also a re... by Harold Hellickson on Saturday, Aug 15, 2009 at 7:14:28 PM
With a Big money Establishment media spinning or l... by Richard Lee on Sunday, Aug 16, 2009 at 9:17:35 PM
"A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an h... by liecatcher on Wednesday, Aug 19, 2009 at 12:02:57 AM