How much more can America take?
Ignorance is not a sin. We all are terribly ignorant in many different fields of endeavor. Ignorance, however, spills over into being stupid when one chooses to remain ignorant. When anyone says “don’t confuse me with the facts my mind is made up” is being stupid. When someone refuses to question or investigate conflicting beliefs and behaviors -- they are “being” stupid. No one “is“ stupid, but there are a lot of stupid beliefs and behaviors that people readily buy into. “Stupid is as stupid does” (F. Gump).
In 1980 American was number one in all of these but is now ranked 25th in math, 14th in reading, 19th in science and 26th in problem solving. It gets worse.
The Republican Party is now officially the majority stupid party. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Republicans literally believe that Adam and Eve romped with dinosaurs at the formation of earth ten thousand years ago. The Democratic Party has 41% (Gallup Poll June 2012). The Democrats, at least, keep their stupid beliefs to themselves, and are better then the national average of 46%.
Ever since Reagan gave the Dixiecrats/ Evangelicals (Fundamentalists) a sanctioned platform within the Republican Party, the stupid conservatives have been on a long-term, methodical destruction of public education. The Religious Right has successfully organized into a political force lobbying federal and state legislatures into adopting policies that promote prayer in schools and curricular reform including creationism and religious dogma. They have done this in three ways: first by taking over school boards and positions of teaching policies, second by de-funding public schools, and third by pushing the voucher system. The voucher system is aimed at supporting private religious schools and stay at home co-ops.
The goal is: the education institution teaches the fundamentalist's religious beliefs. They want all schools to explain the origins of earth by Creation as opposed to Evolution. By taking over school boards et al the stupids have managed to disparage 800 years of science, thousands of scientists and millions of scientific research hours in archaeology, paleontology, genetics, biology, chemistry and physics etc...
Just for the record, to you stupids who are reading this: earth formed about 4.5 billion years ago, first life was 2.7 (maybe 3.5) billon years ago, dinosaurs dominated approximately 200 million to 65.5 million years ago, humanoids around 3.4 million years ago (maybe 7.1 million) and modern man within 37 thousand years ago.
Congratulations to the anti-science, myopic, obtuse Republican Party for doing such a good job at decimating our education system. My only question is how much longer is conservatism going to be legitimized before we get back to our liberal ways and being number one?