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TomCat S (129)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 3:32 am
The Republican Party has been active at work trying to dumb down America to the extent that enough people will believe their lies to elect them. The problem with parroting lies, in this fashion, over and over again, that even the liar forgets what the actual truth is. Paul Krugman makes an excellent case that the dumbing down now extends all the way to the top.

Danuta W (1249)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 3:33 am

P A (117)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 4:39 am
You are so right TC "The Republican Party has been active at work trying to dumb down America to the extent that enough people will believe their lies to elect them. The problem with parroting lies, in this fashion, over and over again, that even the liar forgets what the actual truth is. Paul Krugman makes an excellent case that the dumbing down now extends all the way to the top."

Oh Patty having to put up with someone who listens to Limbarf horrors!

Carlene V (202)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 5:59 am
Dumbing down so much they've lost the past two elections and still can't figure out why, how dumb are they? It's on both sides of the Republican party as the voters are just too lazy and don't take the time to investigate anything they are told. I am amazed by the older baggers who show up at town hall meetings waving the flag, stomping their feet and yelling they don't want Obamacare and most of them happily taking their Medicare coverage. That's how dumb they've become as they've been made complete fools of. All good for the Democrats though.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 6:23 am

Keep dumb and voting? That might be the hope, but how many stupid people bother with voting? Carlene is right, the TP shows up with signs and screaming to impeach the president, but sure don't want their Medicare touched. That is so stupid I wonder if they can read. Never mind, they are still misspelling their signs.

My greater concern is for the students of this country. What is happening to education, what teachers are being forced to do is both heartbreaking and a waste of classroom time.

divergent revolution (309)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 8:50 am
on a side note,did anyone see John McCain playing poker on his phone during the Syria debate??
when the media called him out on it, he laughed and said he even lost a thousand or more dollars...wth??
and we are talking impeachment,what about blatant boredom by "our" senators and congresspeople?

JL A (281)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 9:06 am
"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lona G (80)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 9:12 am
Dumbing down only works when you are smarter than the ones your dumbing down. And by now the Republicans have been doing it so long that they've become like milk, homogenised dumb. As Krugman states, the Republicans have no expertise left on anything at all. With their momentum they'll even end up dumber than their voters.
The advise you get to combat the onset of Alzheimer and dementia is so true: "Use it or lose it". Guess what;
they've lost it.

Gene J (290)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 10:52 am
"You see, all the recent news on health costs has been good. So Mr. Barrasso is predicting sticker shock precisely when serious fears of such a shock are fading fast. Why would he do that?"

I think Paul, as usual, is perfectly on target. When ideology is your only objective, you don't hear anything else but what fits the facts as you want them to be. That's why Rand was so shocked. That's why Rove had his meltdown (not his last) on election night. That's why these people can be, and will be, beaten in 2014 and in 2016. They are going to campaign on "facts" the American people know to be untrue. And Democrats are going to point that out, repeatedly. Their version of history ended with the 19th century, it is as if nothing has happened since to them. Worse, they really believe it. Maybe that isn't worse though because it is what is going to cost them their majority in the short term and their entire party in the long term.

A friend of mine was having an email exchange with a right winger the other day and he pointed out that the republican party platform of 1956 (which was surprisingly easy to find) advocated MANY of the things that Democrats advocate for now including expanded social programs. Well, she flat out denied it, no, that never happened, those are all welfare queens and lazy bums getting SSI and she's tired of paying taxes for people to lazy to work. The 47% argument is still in full display amongst the conservative hard core. They do not let facts get in the way of their ideology and I'm okay with that because, even if journalists continue not doing their jobs, that radicalized thinking is not what the majority of Americans believes or wants and poll after poll shows that. So, let them keep fooling themselves and smile over the surprise on their faces after each of the next two elections. They haven't a new idea, nor a new approach, all they have is their Ronnie Rayguns and the rest of us know those ran out of power during the second Bush administration. They are still pointing and shooting them, but nothing is happening. And they aren't quick enough on the uptake to know it. Which is good for the country in both the short and long term.

David C (131)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 10:57 am
when you have nothing good to offer you can't have intellectual thoughtful voters...

Louise D (44)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 10:58 am
I have quoted H.P Lovecraft before but this 1936 quote sums up the Republican party just as well 77 years later.

As for the Republicans how can one regard seriously a frightened, greedy, nostalgic huddle of tradesmen and lucky idlers who shut their eyes to history and science, steel their emotions against decent human sympathy, cling to sordid and provincial ideals exalting sheer acquisitiveness and condoning artificial hardship for the non-materially-shrewd, dwell smugly and sentimentally in a distorted dream-cosmos of outmoded phrases and principles and attitudes based on the bygone agricultural-handicraft world, and revel in (consciously or unconsciously) mendacious assumptions (such as the notion that real liberty is synonymous with the single detail of unrestricted economic license or that a rational planning of resource-distribution would contravene some vague and mystical 'American heritage') utterly contrary to fact and without the slightest foundation in human experience? Intellectually, the Republican idea deserves the tolerance and respect one gives to the dead.
He sorted of nailed the current Republican party pretty much on the head.

Mitchell D (87)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 11:23 am
Simply got to unelect these bozos asap.

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 12:15 pm
The Republicanus/Teabaggers are in an echo chamber where only Republican/Teabagger ideology can penetrate! They don't know how to read nor think for themselves. That would be too much like multi tasking which is beyond the capabilities of the GOP. Need proof? . . . they're stuck of votes to repeal Obamacare!

S J (130)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 3:29 pm
Noted sadly, thanks Tomcat

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 5:26 pm
Sadly noted.

Chris C (152)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 5:30 pm
I think trying to "dumb down" some people just isn't going to work anymore...hopefully!

Freya H (357)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 5:36 pm
The Republicans must want this country to have a one-party system: Democrats. I believe in business and individual responsibility, as well as minimal government - so I vote Libertarian. At least they believe in what Republicans are supposed to support.

We need some drastic changes in this country, and soon, or you know what's going to hit the fan. Unfortunately, considering how screwed up our government is, and how ignorant most voters are, that ain't gonna happen. So get your ponchos ready and brace for flying poop.

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 8:27 pm
Some people are at the mercy of FAUX News, lacking access to the internet. Others are Willfully Ignorant, having been granted that "right" by Bu$h Leaguers who couldn't speak English while demanding all Americans do so. But then you also get some who aren't SO dumb, or unable to find their way out of the TeaBag, yet choose to believe "no help is good help", "good fences make good neighbors", and "freedom is great, even if it's only the freedom of a company to enslave its workers".. The size of a government means nothing, it only matters how it treats its citizens - it's Our Will that Should Be Served! Dumbing down voters Doesn't help citizens to use our will thoughtfully or even in the Country's best interest. Stupid people elect stupid "leaders" (review the Bu$h Era!). I assume they think stupid people are easily led, but stupid people also Easily become an Angry Mob. So Somebody should think about their Think Tanks!

Robert K (31)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 8:36 pm
Voting Libertarian is voting for slavery, don't kid yourself.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 9:07 pm
We're not all dumb. Many of us are wide awake and growing by the number, and have been for quite some time.
I don't rely on mainstream media, and I don't believe what they try to force feed me.
We know what's going on and we're stronger because of it.

Thanks Tom.

Edith B (146)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 9:31 pm
The dumbing down of America has been going on a long time and is only getting worse. The Tea Party likes it that way because anyone who can reason will not vote for them.

sheila l (116)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 7:29 am
no way is this party exclusive, both are guilty of dumbing down people!

the leaders are disspeakable form both parties as well.

Avril Lomas (0)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 12:43 pm
Frankly it does not take much! The the level of intellectual thought amongst the American people is, along with education, sinking lower and lower. Might doing some good old fashoned Reading and searching for FACTS. TOO hard? Too bad. !
Unfortunately many of our current legislators are as dumb as the electorate.. (who wer stupid enough to vote for them. Could give you a list but page not big enough!
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