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Oct 5, 2008 11:38 am

Zbig's concerned about ignorance too

From the Las Vegas Sun column by Brian Till:

At a small salon dinner the other night in Washington, one of America’s most respected foreign policy practitioners confessed: “My great fear is that this is a wonderful country that is made up of ignorant people who are voters.”

In a new book titled “America and the World,” Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser under Jimmy Carter, laments, “the next president will have to be a national teacher on these issues and make a very concerned, intellectually sustained effort to get the American people to think hard about what is new about the 21st century, what is unique about the challenges we face.”

For any doubters, it’s important to address just how ill-informed the American public stands. A July 2007 survey by Newsweek found that four in 10 Americans still believed “Saddam Hussein’s regime was involved in financing, planning or carrying out the terrorist attacks on 9/11.” The same summer Pew researchers found that nearly a third of Americans couldn’t name the vice president.

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Mary Yoder - 10/7/2008

I can hardly wait to read your book, these have long been my own sentiments. Lately, I've taken to socializing only as a means self- amusement, albeit, I am never ceased to be amazed and entertained by the abounding stupidity and ignorance of people.

I used to wonder, "Are they stupid?" Do they know better, yet fail to draw on their knowledge?

Or is it that are they "ignorant," and just have no clue, never having learned any better?


I am the originator and advocate of the voter literacy exam before registration, and the $5 National Stupid Tax, whereby we run it on an honor system; anyone can collect it and send it in when observing acts of oral and written stupidity.

Crazy facts:

People in this country are grossly unaware that New Mexico has been a state since 1912.

They have no knowledge that there are 50 states.

. . . and the list is endless.

My favorite past time is asking the Obama loyalist, "Can you tell me why you support Obama? What issue in particular do you advocate that Obama has outlined a change of?"

The most popular answer, "We just need change, that's all I'm saying."

"What kind of change?"

"Change, you know. Change of everything."

"That explains it. Perhaps we should begin with remedial U.S. History and political science, or should we start with something more primary, like making "change," for a dollar and try to come up to speed from there?"

Stupidity and ignorance have become an epidemic. Apparently, these adults were children our school system left behind.