This country has far too many stupid people in it for my taste.
What should we make of a country where millions of people would spend time watching a TV show called Lip Sync Battle? And enjoying it? Where millions of people start almost every sentence with the words “I mean…” Where the theme song of a major political party’s Presidential contender – who is close in the polls – is; “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”??? Where this same contender is currently being sued by over 5,000 people for fraud? A country that has taught the world that buying something for $9.99 is a way better bargain than buying it for $10.00?
As you may perhaps be able to tell – because I am so subtle about it – I am quite down on the smarts of the people of my country and studies back me up. In math, reading and problem-solving using technology – American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released in 2013. Adults in Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland and multiple other countries scored significantly higher than the United States in all three areas on the test. Beyond basic reading and math, respondents were tested on activities such as calculating mileage reimbursement due to a salesman, sorting email and comparing food expiration dates on grocery store tags.
Researchers tested about 166,000 people ages 16 to 65 in more than 20 countries and subnational regions. The test was developed and released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which is made up of mostly industrialized member countries.
We are a woefully uneducated country. A country enamored with the word “virtually” – which many of us think means “for real” – but, in all actuality means “we are full of shit and this ain’t anything even approaching what we are saying it is, but you are way too stupid to realize this.” Furthermore, we are getting less educated every day – and it is the Republican party of this country that is the engine driving the slashing of funds for education. I submit that this Republican stoked dumbing down of our citizens is the only reason that someone like a Donald J. Trump, a supremely unqualified candidate, can be running neck in neck with Hillary Clinton, a highly qualified candidate, for the position of President of these United States. Have you heard the ugliness spewing out of the mouths of these ignorant cretins at Trump’s rallies?
Moreover, what is most galling to me is that the intelligent people of this country, have to live with the results of elections skewed by these knuckle draggers – morons who elected a George W. Bush twice – and who think Donald Trump would make a fine President – but who lack basic reading and math skills and cannot read a food expiration date on a grocery store tag.
I am tired of having to live with the vote of these ignoramuses. We have a House of Representatives filled with Elks Club hail-fellow-well-met dummies such as Blake Farenthold and Ted Yoho – one could say about both of them, without too much fear of contradiction by anyone with an IQ above 90, that, since they are in Washington DC, somewhere there are two villages each missing a perfectly good idiot.
But, of course, not to worry – both of them were elected by idiots…weren’t they?
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