For the past twenty years, I have avoided the Jerry Springer Show. It's the butt of many jokes. He's the charlatan of showmanship. He features losers, abusers, weepers, and creepy people. I have been told that if all his guests' minds were collected at one time, they wouldn't equal the IQ of a patch of dandelions.
Acquaintances told me that Springer features every kind of indecent, pathetic and aberrant behavior known to human society. He pits really mentally challenged people against one another. He shames them. His audiences equal his guests in extremely improvident behavior. The Maury Povich Show equals Springer's carnival show with its own brand of inane behavior.
Even worse, guests are too anthropologically debased to be ashamed of their own behaviors. Let the show go on""Jerry, Jerry, Jerry"." Unfortunately, millions of Americans watch those shows every weekday of the year.
After having escaped two decades from the clutches of Springer's maniacal TV show, somebody turned it on at the gym where I work out and pedal a stationary bicycle. Last week, I received a mainline injection into my brain stem of the most debauched, depraved, and morally bankrupted 30 minutes of my life.
Springer's guests showed their intellectual brain power somewhere between the Cro-Magnon Man and a T-Rex. In the absolutely insane episode I witnessed, a horribly obese white woman missing three front teeth charged that a skinny as a rail African-American man had fathered four of her kids, but wouldn't pay child support. "Why did you have four kids with him?" asked Springer. "I loved him and I still do," she said, weeping uncontrollably. To make it even more incredibly ludicrous the father had an affair with the woman's mother. Springer had ordered a paternity test on the forthcoming child to determine the identity of the father. The crowd sounded like a thousand hungry Romans at a gladiator game in the Coliseum.
"Throw them to the lions," I screamed in a moment of losing my intellectual, emotional and social balance. "Let them suffer in hellfire and condemnation!"
As I sat there, a former math-science teacher, I couldn't help wondering what has become of our society. If you watch Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown, Judge Grace and a few of the other judges on daytime TV, you see a parade of nit-wits, morons, scoundrels and idiots that stretches for years into the future.
What is our civilization moving toward?
Ben Franklin and the Founding Fathers understood that educating the common man was the only method for successfully operating a Constitutional Republic. This society needs critical thinkers, intelligent workers, and productive participants in order to successfully render health, life, and the pursuit of happiness.
Disturbing fact: 42 million Americans suffer functional illiteracy according to the National Right to Read Foundation. They cannot read, write, or perform simple math. Another 50 million Americans cannot read past the 4th grade level.
The number of adults that are classified as functionally illiterate increases by about 2.25 million each year.
20 percent of high school seniors can be classified as being functionally illiterate at the time they graduate.
Source: National Right to Read Foundation
Where Illiteracy Leads
70 percent of prisoners in state and federal systems can be classified as illiterate. [2.3 million Americans languish in jails]