August 20, 2010

Ever wonder why we get idiots in government?

Isaac Asimov once said "Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." Is that an elitist comment or just a good observation? Seriously, have you ever wondered why we get idiots in government?  I mean not just a few, but loads of them.  And I use the word 'loads' deliberately.  The answer is pretty simple actually.  Because anyone with any sort of insight is busy doing something else.  Talented people are busy being an engineer, a doctor, an entrepreneur, a teacher, a soldier, or even an actor. Something.  Anything. 

Barnaby Jones.  Cool.
That leaves the likes of Harry Reid to run off his mouth about people opposing Obamacare being akin to those opposing the abolition of slavery.  To be fair to Harry, he's not the only liberal to use that tactic.  Liberals see all conservatives as regressive and reactionary and anti-progress.  If you don't support any issue from the liberal perspective, the liberal spin will be 'that sort of person opposed women's rights/ abolition of slavery/ desegregation/ separation of church and state/etc.'

It's just a tactic.  But people in government like Harry Reid really seem to believe the lies they have convinced others are truths.

Poor Harry - he can't help it, he might not have the tools to overcome his own words.  His latest silliness? Recanting his previous position on the anchor babies (see video).  A few days ago it was that Hispanics could not be Republicans.

On some level it's okay to be stupid - even in government - even though it is never preferable. But to expect voters to remain stupid and continue to expect them to support you is asking too much.

I don't mean to pick on Harry. There's plenty of Stupaks in D.C. The good news is that if enough people are paying close attention, it's the sort of stupidity that can been abolished. Of course Harry Reid would equate that to the sort of people that opposed the abolition of slavery. But it's just the abolition of indifference and eventually the abolition of dumb government.

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