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My Turn: How stupid can Americans be . . . really?

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Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” ~ George Carlin

Gallup just released the results of its poll of 1,017 American adults to determine presidential favorability ratings and guess what?
George W. Bush outpolled President Barack Obama . . . 53 percent to 47 percent.
W, the president who left the world economy teetering on the brink of disaster outpolled the man who saved it!
George W. Bush, who lied us into the costly, bloody war in Iraq in a completely stupid response to the 9/11 attacks is viewed more favorably than President Barack Obama, who got us out of Iraq and kept us out of Iraq!
Bush, the man who said he didn’t ‘think about catching Osama Bin Laden’, is more highly regarded than President Obama, who brought Osama Bin Laden to justice!
What does that say about how stupid Americans can be?
The answer is obvious.
Are you surprised?
If so, you shouldn’t be.
We are, after all, the people who elected and re-elected George W. Bush, a clearly incompetent, unqualified buffoon to the most powerful political office in the world . . . and we knew it when we did it . . . twice!
Who didn’t know that George W. Bush was a boozing, cocaine using frat boy who would never have been accepted at or graduated by Harvard if he’d had a different surname.
Who didn’t know that George W. Bush was an irresponsible boob who’d walked away from his enlistment in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War?
Who didn’t know that if George W. Bush hadn’t had the genetic good fortune to be born to George H.W. and Barbara Bush, no one would ever have considered him to be a viable candidate for the presidency of the United States, much less a candidate to become the essentially ceremonial governor of Texas?
Who didn’t know that if it weren’t for the fact that he was the son of a president, W would have been more likely to wind up behind a counter asking if you want fries with your burger?
No one . . . not really.
But does it matter?
Like it or not, Americans are simply stupid . . . especially when it comes to our government, politics, and politicians.
Don’t agree?
Okay . . . how do you respond to recent national polls that revealed the following rather embarrassing facts?

  • Nearly one in four Americans believe that the Constitution establishes Christianity as the official religion of the United States
  • One of three Americans cannot name their constitutional rights under the First Amendment (Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, the right to petition the government, and freedom of assembly)
  • Four of ten Americans believe that the Constitution defines English as the official language of the United States
  • Six of ten Americans do not know that there are 100 members of the United States Senate (2 per state)
  • Sixty-five percent of Americans cannot name the three branches of the federal government
  • Ninety-one percent of Americans cannot name the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

And on and on it goes.
It is then no surprise that a stupid president would be more highly regarded by stupid Americans than a president who is anything but stupid.
Right?

Comments? Questions? Contact the author at: davyjones@businesswriters.biz or Tweet: @DavyZJones

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