Proof that Americans are stupid

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Or, at least the 50.5% who voted for Obama are. This has been bugging me for a while.

Bernie Goldberg writes

I read an interesting letter in the Wall Street Journal the other day. It came from George in Seattle and was critical to how the president is scaring everybody over supposed “cuts” in spending brought on by sequester. Here’s what George writes:

“Can you imagine the private sector responding the way this administration is, with a 5% cutback that isn’t a real cutback? Imagine Hilton Hotels telling its customers that the beds might not be made. Imagine Hertz saying there would be hour-and-a-half waits at the counter or General Electric postponing locomotive deliveries. This is a reflection of how dumb the administration really thinks we are.”

I was with George right up until that last sentence. Yes, he’s right that the Obama administration thinks the American people are not too bright. But it’s not just that the president and his team think we’re dumb. We are dumb. (Not you and me of course.)

And they are right. Americans are dumb. Now comes the cascade of conflict:

I’m reminded of how clueless the American people can be by a couple of new polls. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that 59% of us think the country is moving in the wrong direction; only 32 percent think we’re moving in the right direction. When asked how the president is handling the economy, 44 percent approve, 51 percent disapprove.

When a vast majority of the American people think we’re heading the wrong way and believe the president isn’t handling the economy well, that’s very bad news for the people in charge. Except when it isn’t.

The same poll tells us that 50 percent of the American people approve of the job President Obama is doing. According to Rasmussen, 51 percent approve. (A Gallup poll just out has slightly different numbers: only 46 percent approve of the job President Obama is doing and the same number disapprove.)

So let’s see if I have this straight: about 6 out of 10 Americans think we’re heading south, more than half don’t like the way the president is taking care of the economy … and still half the country or a little more approves of the job the president is doing. Granted, 50 percent isn’t great, but it’s not all that bad either.

Rasmussen also reports that consumer confidence has hit its lowest point since last November. This should also be bad news for the president and Democrats in general. But it isn’t.

According to the NBC/WSJ poll, Americans prefer Democrats when it comes to looking out for the middle class, for handling health care, and for dealing with Medicare and Social Security. Voters even prefer Democrats on taxes … and think the Democratic Party is doing a better job with the economy, but only by a 32% to 30% margin.

And finally:

So the folks think Republicans are better at controlling federal spending and getting the deficit under control … but numerous polls say they will blame Republicans for cutting too much if sequester – a fancy word to describe mandatory cuts in federal spending — brings on hardship. Get it? Voters think spending is out of control so they’ll blame the party that wants to cut spending … for cutting spending. Brilliant!

So WTF? Why is this?

Goldberg says likeability in part, and that’s true, but it’s more than that. It’s celebrity. It’s the cool factor.

Barack Obama is not just President. He is a celebrity. And celebrity matters more than anything. Obama is the Entertainment Tonight President- the ultimate conflation of Hollywood and Washington DC. Liberals drool over George Clooney. I’d bet that a majority of Obama voters believe that Michael Douglas was the 41st President and that Ben Affleck actually rescued the hostages in Iran. They think Deborah Norville and Mario Lopez are news anchors.

They’re stuck on celebrity. They’re stuck on stupid. They want to pledge to “serve” Obama as do the “cool” celebrities:

You have to to respect Obama for being smart enough to take advantage of this stupidity. He’s betting that his brand rises above politics.

Obama is once again hoping his personal brand can transcend the messy game of political wheeling-and-dealing. That’s the thinking behind the new 501(c)4 organization being launched by former Obama campaign officials, as the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. It’s seeking to “leverage the campaign’s sophisticated organizing tools and rich voter database to support the president’s policy objectives,” Matea Gold writes. It will be run by Jim Messina, Obama’s 2012 campaign manager.

We’re not better off than four years ago. Unemployment is high, the GDP is stagnant, manufacturing is slowing, foreign policy has been on auto-pilot for the last four years but wow that Obama is a rock star! There is no question that the GOP needs to rethink it’s image and stop uttering moronic statements, but celebrity is tough to overcome when millions depend on Mario Lopez and George Clooney for how to think and vote.

And likely Obama will continue to exploit that stupidity, that Achilles Heel of the Obama supporters- celebrity.

That’s far more important than competence.

DrJohn has been a health care professional for more than 30 years. In addition to clinical practice he has done extensive research and has published widely with over 70 original articles and abstracts in the peer-reviewed literature. DrJohn is well known in his field and has lectured on every continent except for Antarctica. He has been married to the same wonderful lady for over 30 years and has three kids- two sons, both of whom are attorneys and one daughter on her way into the field of education. DrJohn was brought up with the concept that one can do well if one is prepared to work hard but nothing in life is guaranteed. Except for liberals being foolish.

31 Responses to “Proof that Americans are stupid”

  1. 1

    Nan G

    Ecclesiastes 9:11
    Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to the skillful; but time and chance happen to them all.

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    According to Joe Biden, Obama is an absolute phenomenon; a clean and articulate man of color. Nevermind that if Biden had been a Republican, all the talking heads on the alphabet networds would be screaming how Biden was a racist inferring that black men are generally not clean or articulate.

    It is pretty clear that the Obamas think that the presidency is nothing more than a method to reach the pages of the celebrity magazines. Doesn’t Michelle Obama have better things to do than to appear with alphabet netword comedians or doesn’t Obama have better things to do that show up on late night TV? Seems not. Between late night show and endless campaign stops, what does he do? Oh, that’s right; vacation in tony resort areas.

    What will they do when they no longer have access to taxpayer dollars to fund their many jaunts?

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    Since our schools have for a long time now stopped teaching children how to think and instead teach them what to think – well, that answers the question. The population is rather ignorant and it turns out, stupid as well.

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    Old Guy

    Maybe we need a GOP’er to visit Jimmy Fallon, the View, David L etc to help the uninformed voter know the GOP is still around. Who knows we might find somebody in that viewing group that agrees with the GOP.

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    @Old Guy:

    It’s unlikely that a GOP politician would even be able to get on one of those shows, let alone be allowed to articulate their points without being badgered about some social justice ill that the Republican party is committing against the people.

    Then again, I cannot think of anyone in the GOP leadership I’d want to attempt such a stunt. The GOP leadership is nothing more than a watered down version of the current Democratic party’s leadership.

    Not to mention, when you take into account that millions of viewers watched a show like the Oscars, with it’s red-carpet “pre-game” shows, with all of the snobbery and shallowness that entailed, and being nothing more than a chance for a bunch of people to proclaim how great their “art” is and how important such “art” is to us “little people” in the world, no one who even resembles the average citizen would go over well on those late-nite tv shows.

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    MOS 8541

    Hitler did the same thing..How quickly you forget history. I believe that the population of today has short-term memory deficit. In the Tao, ” empty their minds and fill their bellies”. Your only hope is that China takes over this country before Islam..oscularetur asinus tuus, vale.

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    From what I understand Romney lost by only 500,000 votes. I was very disappointed that he didn’t go after the places (e.g., Ohio and PA ) that had rampant voter fraud. In PA nine districts voted 100% for barry. Give me a break, that is impossible. In Florida, think it was Punta Gorda the voting turn out was 124% (huh?) In fact there were Republican poll watchers that were evicted from their polling stations and eventually were able to come back but come to find, it was in these districts. In MN foreign nationals, some citizens (but almost none able to speak English), some not were bused to vote. Of course the interpreters were telling them how to vote. In Ohio which actually has a voter fraud suit going on, found a polling member admitting to voting 4 (four) times and said there was nothing wrong with voting more than once. There are many more instances.

    Now let’s see who caused the numbers to go in obama’s favor – illegals, felons, foreign nationals, illegals (yes it is not a typo), the dead, disney characters, those who voted color over platform, those that are sucking off the public dole and can think of nothing else, the ignorant, the unintelligent and the uninformed and those stupid people that voted a multiple number of times (which is AGAINST the law but let’s not get legal matters involved). Oh yes I forgot. Those democrats who would rather chew off their arm than vote another party. Did I miss anyone?

  8. 9


    The Examiner article dates from only a few days after the election. Their numbers were inaccurate. The correct final results can be found here.

    Obama won 51.02 percent of the popular vote, while Romney won only 47.16 percent. Obama’s electoral college margin of victory was even wider: Obama won 61.7 percent of the electoral votes; Romney won only 38.3 percent.

    @Enchanted, #8:

    From what I understand Romney lost by only 500,000 votes.

    Nope. That figure is off by a factor of 10. Obama received 4,977, 275 more popular votes than Romney. 65,909,451 minus 60,932,176 equals 4,977,275 .

    Fraud was not rampant. There’s absolutely no credible evidence for that, in spite of enormous efforts having been made to find it. What was found were isolated instances of voter fraud.

    There are far more instances of people being killed by lightning each year than there are cases of established voter fraud. Despite that, no one is suggesting that deaths by lightning are rampant.

    The only thing rampant about voter fraud was the misinformation being spread about it.

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    MOS 8541

    Did you account for massive voter manipulation? In columbus, oh. the democrats shipped ino bus loads of Somalians with pre printed slips on how to vote. False ID allowed some to vote 3 times.

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    The burden of proof properly rests with those who make extravagant claims. Assuming any such claim to be true until somebody proves otherwise doesn’t result in an accurate understanding of reality.

    I like the current State Farm commercial with the ditsy blond girl who’s totally convinced her new boyfriend is a French model. “Uh… Bonjour!”

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    I like the current State Farm commercial with the ditsy blond girl who’s totally convinced her new boyfriend is a French model. “Uh… Bonjour!”

    You would. She is clearly an example of the Democrat voter.

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    Robbins Mitchell

    “The race is not always to the swift,nor the battle to the strong…but that’s the way to bet ’em”
    ~Ring Lardner~

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    That’s pretty much the sort of conclusion I would expect you to draw. It fits with the childish premise that Anyone who disagrees with me must be stupid.

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    James Raider


    “. . . . only 32 percent think we’re moving in the right direction. When asked how the president is handling the economy, 44 percent approve, 51 percent disapprove.”

    While there are abject bonafide idiots in every crowd, and we are daily presented with proof that a majority of elected officials are stupid and are so plentiful they’ve created a bubble of stupidity, we might attribute some of the above poll results to ‘lack of insight’ or to an apparently prevalent inability to allow intuition to inform our percepts.

    We can also add to this, ‘group think’ in the echo chamber, with no possible relief to the ‘echo’ from a suppliant media.

    For example, I do not understand how anyone, even one not economically, or otherwise, savvy, can listen to a speech by Obama and not ‘know’ he is lying, obfuscating and treating his listeners like buffoons.

    Anyone I’ve talked with on the liberal side of the fence to whom I’ve made this observation, the answer if too often a simplistic, “Oh yah. Look at Bush. He wasn’t coherent in front of a crowd.” It seems poor George will forever be responsible for poor Barack’s inability to intelligently lead the Nation on anything.

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    Richard Wheeler

    @James Raider: James You wanna talk about stupidity, read the FIRST sentence in paragraphs 1 and 2 post #8.Comments like that emanating from The Right make the Loyal Opposition look pretty damn foolish.
    J.G You and I love NCAA Football–Other’s “game” is The Oscars.
    Let em have their harmless fun.

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    another vet

    Hot off the press : )

    The Americans With No Abilities Act
    President Barack Obama and the Democrat-led Senate are considering sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many Americans. The Americans with No Abilities Act is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition.
    “Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society”, said California Sen. Barbara Boxer. “We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability (POI) to be ridiculed and passed over. With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to a small group of workers, simply because they have some idea of what they are doing.”
    In a Capitol Hill press conference, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pointed to the success of the U.S. Postal Service, which has a long-standing policy of providing opportunity without regard to performance. Approximately 74 percent of postal employees lack any job skills, making this agency the single largest U.S. employer of Persons with No Ability.
    Private-sector industries with good records of non-discrimination against the inept include retail sales (72 percent), the airline industry (68 percent), and home-improvement warehouse stores (65 percent). At the state government level, the Department of Motor Vehicles also has an excellent record of hiring Persons with No Ability (63 percent).
    Under the Americans with No Abilities Act, more than 25 million mid-level positions will be created, with important-sounding titles but little real responsibility, thus providing an illusory sense of purpose and performance.
    Mandatory non-performance-based raises and promotions will be given to guarantee upward mobility for even the most unremarkable employees. The legislation provides substantial tax breaks to corporations that promote a significant number of Persons of Inability (POI) into middle-management positions, and give a tax credit to small and medium-sized businesses that agree to hire one clueless worker for every two talented hires.
    Finally, the Americans With No Abilities Act contains tough new measures to make it more difficult to discriminate against the non-abled, banning, for example, discriminatory interview questions such as, “Do you have any skills or experience that relate to this job?”
    “As a non-abled person, I can’t be expected to keep up with people who have something going for them,” said Mary Lou Gertz, who lost her position as a lug-nut twister at the GM plant in Flint, Mich., due to her inability to remember righty tighty, lefty loosey. “This new law should be real good for people like me. I’ll finally have job security.” With the passage of this bill, Gertz and millions of other untalented citizens will finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.
    Said Sen. Dick Durbin: “As a senator with no abilities, I believe the same privileges that elected officials enjoy ought to be extended to every American with no abilities. It is our duty as lawmakers to provide each and every American citizen, regardless of his or her inadequacy, with some sort of space to take up in this great nation and a good salary for doing so.”

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    Yeah don’t we all hate stupid people. OH that figure of 5 of people who voted for Obama I usually see 51.1% not your figure. And on those low poll numbers for Obama they are about twice as high as GOP Congress numbers.

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    another vet

    @retire05: Although the article is meant to amuse, it fits with the topic of the thread. He was re-elected mainly by a combination of people with left leaning political views and people who are now on the government dole. If welfare were abolished or people were made to work for it, it would be interesting to see how many of them would vote. It’s amazing how much influence can be had in a free cell phone. Don’t be surprised if the Republicans become a permanent minority party at the federal level. Given their timidness and stupidity, they almost deserve it.

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    This quote came from the Czech Republic. Someone over there has it figured out. It was translated into English from an article in the Prague newspaper Prager Zeitung.

    “The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.”

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    they want money to give to OBAMA FOR WHAT?

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    another vet
    they are in the WHITE HOUSE, most of them and democrats,
    some escape and come here and we see how backward they are against THE CONSERVATIVES HERE,

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    on 8
    hi, you forgot the EXPERTS from GOOGLE, hiding down below the big place where the thousand LAPTOP upstairs where burning and they did not know there was anybody downstairs, it was said,
    but those downstairs where manipulating the computers
    how do we think they did that?
    well look at the strange switch from ROMNEY TO OBAMA when one voter gave his vote,
    and the strange appearance of many hundreds of votes just popping up when an vote keeper open the computer, and more of they still finding,
    it was notice 37 STATES had illegal action about votes, how about the MILITARY VOTES not coming
    or stop somewhere, plus many more,
    the IRS was hunting the TEA PARTY, who where checking that going on.

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    Koichi Iot

    Just ask Europeans and Asians question about American are dumb or not? So around the world to ask people questions about Americans are really stupid peoples in the world?

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    Exactly. Which is why I do not believe the US will survive in its current configuration for more than another 25-50 years. We have already reached the point where the looters and moochers are rising above the 50% mark. That dubious achievement makes it virtually impossible to restore a strong national character, or a robust economy. The lazy, historically ignorant and politically short-sighted who continue to vote for ‘Santa Claus politicians’ believe the “evil rich” actually owe them, and with morality no longer being instilled in a society of ever increasing illegitimate births and broken homes, the push for anti-religious but pro-hedonist culture, it is virtually impossible for traditional American character to develop. The cancer of leftist philosophy is highly malignant and metastatic, and the future national collapse from keynesian insanity will be bloody.

    The typical leftists here will arrogantly dismiss anything that shows the inherent stupidity, evil and inhumaity of their philosophy – just as they continue to ignore the fetid stench of the mountains of obamacare lies while trying to proclaim the smell is appealing. My only hope is that when the rabid masses finally realize the political charlatans have no more freebies to give out, that the masses give the leftists exactly the justice they deserve.

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