We will go down in history as breeding a generation of idiots. We already know that our public schools are largely a failure to our children. History, when it’s actually taught, has often been rewritten and has resulted in a whopping 38% of Americans who are unable to pass a simple citizen test.
Our Founders understood the need for an enlightened and informed electorate if liberty were to continue its march forward. Thomas Jefferson said, ““If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
We’ve blamed these dumbed-down voters for the rise of a President Obama and now we are waking up to the devastating fact that they have also infiltrated the Republican Party and have paved the way for the ultimate conman.
Here are a few signs that you may be the uninformed electorate that our Founders warned us about:
1. ) You have lost the ability to think for yourself.
I can’t tell you how often I’ve recently noticed that a growing number of people are unable to defend their positions without hiding behind a multitude of links and articles. They no longer use their God-given brain cells to debate– but boy, do they know how to use that copy and paste button.
When that fails, these same people will fall back on useless endorsements exclaiming that if “Sarah Palin, Ben Carson, and Chris Christie says Trump’s a good thing, then it must be true!” Easily influenced and manipulated. Endorsements are often secured with a promise of power or position- not out of principle. And they are valuable in that they snag that slow-witted group who lost the ability of self-thought.
2.) You believe the way a statement is spoken is more important than what is stated (aka he tells it like it is!) Except that no– no, he doesn’t.
You believe that name calling and speaking really, really loudly with small punctuated words is the same thing as leadership and problem solving. You’ve replaced the art of logic with the emotions of anger.
We live in a world of reality tv and crassness that has overtaken our desire for a statesman. Class and thoughtful pragmatism has fallen by the wayside and has been exchanged for a desire for more profanity and vulgarity. “It doesn’t matter that it makes no sense, it is being said with the volatile anger that I feel!”
Your argument is consistently based on your “feels” and not your brains. You’ve abandoned all logic because a manipulative salesman has distracted you with a pretty object while he rips you off with his other hand.
3.) Your knowledge of policy is limited to how high a wall may be, and that we need to “fix those lines around the states.”
Who needs actual policy when you can throw around bloviating rhetoric that sounds so good and temporarily soothes the outrage? You are the guy in the Trump crowd who snaps to attention right before you dose off because you heard your trigger word: Wall. Just like a good puppet does, you dance to the tune that your master created just for you.
Forget the fact that when you actually sit down and read the Trump immigration plan, outside of being very “Utopian” and vague, it does reveal that he is a supporter of touchback amnesty and a Gestapo-like enforcement on private citizens that will usher in a police state and massive amounts of big government bureaucracy.
But Trump is counting on his supporters to be just like him- without one iota of thoughtful understanding of policy.
4.) You flood social media with false sensational headlines designed to provoke fear and hysteria.
There are a ton of narratives out there designed to take advantage of gullible readers. And Printly, Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, and Drudge giggle everytime their analytics go up and their ad checks are deposited.
These are often the talking points handed to talk radio who are having a love affair with Trump in regards to their ratings, who then run with the story and do as much damage as they can before the facts can get in the way.
Do not be mistaken. Talk radio is there largely for entertainment and to drive ratings for their advertisers. And yet, the uninformed electorate who has lost the ability to think for themselves, allow it to become their Scripture.
5.) You suffer from the political version of Abused Wife Syndrome.
Every day you find yourself busy on social media defending Trump’s atrocious behavior. You spend hours on social media spinning his quotes into something that might be more palatable.
He insults you by stating that you are too stupid for independent thought in so much that he could shoot people in the streets and you would still be devoted to him. And you know what, he’s probably right.
It’s a cult like devotion unlike anything I’ve ever seen in American history.
Our Founders warned us that we wouldn’t be destroyed from an enemy on the outside, we would be destroyed from within. Who needs enemies when you have an electorate that would bring us leaders like the greatest conman to ever hit the American political system?
Trump supporters, you’ve been had.