America is in decline because of institutionalized stupidity.
Scientists are under attack by corporate interests because of one simple
fact; knowledge is the enemy of unbridled consumerism. The
corporations' front line forces are the Religious Right and the ignorant
and greedy politicians that they support.
scientists have been censored by officials who appear to be on corporate
payroll. These scientists have been ordered to stop their research on
global warming and to, instead, concentrate on endangered species
because global warming is a politically unpopular subject.
study of endangered species addresses some of the problems that
contribute to global warming and climate change, that approach tiptoes
around the really urgent issues. This abuse of science is orchestrated
by pressure from religious groups and corporate owned politicians who
either lack the education to understand the scientific evidence or whose
greedy interests dictate that they work hard to institutionalize
ignorance and turn out stupid voters. The public is unaware of who is
meeting with NOAA officials, and agency officials are not being held
accountable if they transgress against scientific integrity.
politicians keep their constituents arguing about gay marriage and
birth control and whether Creationism should replace evolution in
science classes, they are busily selling out our country to the
corporations that are destroying the environment and employing fewer and
fewer Americans and turning out products that have a negative impact on
our health and safety.
While a few enlightened educators
carry on the fight to introduce real science into the classrooms, the
uneducated voters are turning our country over to politicians who have
virtually no understanding whatsoever of science and who encourage the
idea that responsible management of resources and real education are
The corporations, aided
by their bought politicians, are dismissing experienced teachers based
on flimsy and suspect criteria, and replacing them with young,
inexperienced teachers who will work for less money, in preparation for
corporate takeover of the education system.
Party politicians like Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann are pushing
for the abolition the Federal Department of Education to pave the way
for reintroducing Christian doctrine into the curriculum and
reestablishing segregation. There
is an aggressive effort by corporations to replace real education in
this country with religion and to replace text books with corporate
supplied materials meant to promote their products and diminish critical
The schools are
teaching kids with corporate advertisements disguised as educational
materials and teaching them pseudo science and pseudo history while
training them to be soldiers and factory workers. Meanwhile, most
children couldn't identify a wild herb if their life depended on it,
which it well could one day, the way things are going.
and religion have become unholy partners in the taking down of
America. It's mutually beneficial for them to downgrade education and
replace it with religion and to denigrate social services. It's easier
to institute stupid policies and tear away every social entitlement when
the voters are either afraid to think because of their religious
teaching or unable to think because of their politicized school
Little by little, real
food is disappearing from the dinner table and being replaced by
processed, irradiated, artificially flavored and colored, chemically
preserved fat and high fructose syrup. The corporations have been
allowed to basically steal our farm lands and replace our food with that
stuff because of the politicians who were either too stupid to
understand the ramifications of that kind of change in the human diet
or too poorly educated in science and nutrition and/or bought and paid
for. Small farmers have all but disappeared and been replaced by food
factories manned by low paid, undereducated, un-insured and unhealthy
production workers. Fearful of the growing anger over jobs being
overseas, these corporations have stepped up the pressure on their
politicians to do whatever is necessary to do away with minimum wage,
health care and basic education in science and critical thinking and
survival skills. They support the movement to bring religion back into
the school curriculum and to glorify war and mindless consumerism.
can see institutionalized stupidity in the on-going drug war which runs
into trillions in actual and related costs while having virtually no
effect whatsoever on drug use and the illegal flow of drugs from South
America. The South American governments want to wash their hands of the
American drug war because they can see that the death toll and the
economic toll outweigh any possible positive results.
see small counties cutting funding for education while spending nearly
$100,000 on a fireworks display for Veterans Day. Cliche patriotic
gestures have replaced the real patriotism that requires involvement and
thoughtful assessment of laws and political candidates.
see groups, who claim to be patriotic militias, making threats against
our president because of his racial heritage. Racism is
institutionalized in the southern culture and no laws will dislodge that
prejudice. Politicians are elected by the churches and, because the
voters have been told by their ministers and politicians that their way
of life is being threatened by ungodly science and by Muslims, they
vote for the party that best vilifies science and cultural diversity.
institutionalization of stupidity is crucial to corporate America's
bottom line. Without it, they couldn't sell us this unhealthy,