Part III -- Conclusion
the Know-Nothing candidate wants to be president. And he may well succeed
depending on just how many other Americans know nothing in ways that make them
comfortable with Mr. Romney's ignorance. For instance, we know that Christian
Zionists (who outnumber the American Jewish kind) are the same sort of
Know-Nothings and magical thinkers as Romney. They will vote for him. The
infamous 1%, many of whom agree with Mr. Romney's assertion that corporations "are
people too," and have the same rights as individuals (more magical thinking)
will vote for him.
The "American Firsters," many of whom think Barack Obama is
a closet Muslim and no U.S. citizen at all, will vote for him. But, that is
not enough to win unless the election day turnout is exceedingly low. So, how
many other Americans, who otherwise might pass for relatively rational
individuals of voting age, will successfully be lured into Mr. Romney's
Know-Nothing party? After all, most Americans really know very little about the
world beyond their local realm.
"Ignorance is as ignorance does," particularly on election day.