I love when people occasionally pause to consider how ridiculous the idols of the tribe are. If I had no knowledge of history or human nature, I might dream that such moments of lucidity would lead them to cast their worthless fetishes into a communal fire. Yet, I know that people find the cave much more comfortable, and so they slide back down into their stupidity once again.
A website on its way to being a documentary has ventured upon the field of public awareness—How Obama Got Elected. Its purpose is to show the inane ignorance of the American voters who elected Obama. In interview after interview, John Ziegler shows how little these voters know about their candidate, about the other candidate, about policy issues in general, and about our system of government.
Of course, Ziegler could be just another Michael Moore who selectively edits the interviewees and their interviews to advance his agenda, but Zogby (and pretty much every sane person’s experience in interacting with Obama supporters over the past several months) confirms that Ziegler’s interviews are representative of Obama supporters in general. I have heard many Leftist intellectuals bemoan the same point, though they are happy to have the useful idiots on their side. I do not blame them. Useful idiots are preferable to useless ones . . .
Yet, I suspect that similar results, perhaps statistically shifted somewhat, would be found among McCain voters. The great mass of people are not sufficiently interested in politics to learn what is necessary to know in order to make informed voting decisions. Besides that most charitable observation—for it is to Americans’ credit that they value other things more than politics—it remains true that many people are stupid, uneducated, and lacking in practical wisdom. According to Andrew the logic professor, only a minority of his students—people in a selective university who have chosen to take courses in logic—are capable of discursive reasoning. Basic syllogistic steps, repeatedly explained over the course of fifteen weeks, are too much for them to grasp. How, then, can we expect every adult with a pulse to judge the complex matters of public policy?
It is absurd! Democracy is ridiculous, in theory and in practice. Yet, it holds such a commanding hold on the allegiances and aspirations of all. Simply baffling . . .