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Are the American voters idiots?


The CNN Center in Atlanta. Are Americans stupid or are the media only giving them half the information they need?

The CNN Center in Atlanta. Are Americans stupid or are the media only giving them half the information they need?
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It does make us happy to take responsibility, exercise discipline, work hard, accumulate wealth, marry and raise children, and give our families a bright future. Some people are unhappy in any circumstances, but no one is happy trapped in the modern American pathology-network.

There is a lie in our minds that it has become economically feasible for lots and lots of us to live in this pathogenic manner, but the evidence is all around us that we can’t. Our unfunded federal obligations now total more than 8 times our entire annual GDP. Most of our federal budget every year goes to entitlement programs. But the problem is larger than that. How many young men and women have been squeezed out of productive life by the pathologies of welfarism? How many abortions and STDs, how many lives ruined by drugs and alcohol, how many gang killings do we need, before we will acknowledge that it is not a good idea for government to subsidize pathogenic living?

I believe Americans are waking up to reality. Perhaps it took the Obama presidency to reveal to enough minds the ugly deceptions behind the talking points of the left. The now nearly mindless and painfully predictable shrieking of the left’s most unseemly pundits – and even of some of its politicians – comes off as a death scream. The MSM will continue its fantasy-narrative generation, but the public has seen what Obama the Savior has wrought, and it’s collapsing businesses, dying jobs, and crony-tending with the taxpayers’ indenture, as far as the eye can see.

People do seek the truth. They do want to live well, by their own efforts and according to the moral code of God, in ways that are satisfying and rewarding. They respond with overwhelming capacities to challenges. We aren’t cut out to live the way the 1960s-era radical left has been determined – for nearly 50 years now – that we will. It doesn’t work. The inconsistencies and invalid propositions have us bursting at the seams.

I think Americans are waking up to that, and will recognize that the first step is changing presidents in January. No, the voters aren’t stupid. Too many have been misled for too long, but we still have what our Founders endowed us with: a public square in which we are free to encourage and persuade each other. I believe more and more Americans are listening, and thinking critically again. I don’t know if we will have a universally honest and fair vote in November, but I do believe we won’t have a stupid one.

Visit J.E. Dyer’s blog, the Optimistic Conservative.

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8 Responses to “Are the American voters idiots?”

  1. Monica Tucker says:

    The progressive democratic liberals own the news. Their goal is to deliberately distort the facts to promote an agenda. They carefully select what is reported and eliminate anything, no matter how bad it is, to promote the politically correct ideology. This article nails it.

  2. Charlie Hall says:

    To the contrary, all the major media outlets other than Fox are owned by huge apolitical media conglomerates.

  3. Charlie Hall says:

    "how many gang killings do we need".

    In fact, violent crime rates are at their lowest level in a generation.

    'People aren’t happy in any of the pathologies so prevalent today, whether in welfare dependency, “job” dependency'.

    True. Many Americans are stuck in job dependency because of the fact that they will lose their health insurance if they take a new job or quit to start a business. That is a major reason why the Affordable Care Act was enacted. The Republicans would maintain the status quo.

    And the number of persons receiving cash welfare benefits is also at the lowest level in a generation.

    The "shoot first and do research later" attitude of this author does not fit a publication such as this that generally takes care in its journalism.

  4. Alice Derman says:

    Mr. Dyer has given us a rant repeating the same old right wing misconceptions that we have been force fed for several decades. It probably is true that many voters do not think clearly about elections. If they did, the Democrats would be winning in a landslide. Nonetheless, I believe that enough voters recognize that Obama has pulled us out of a recession and they are not so foolish as to put the party responsible for creating the recession (the Republicans) back into power. Despite all the attempts the Republicans are making to disenfranchise the poor and Democratic oriented ethnic groups such as blacks and Latinos, our demographics are changing as the old white males die off. Soon we will be back to the more successful progressive governments, similar to those we had we Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson and Clinton. Like it or not, the following is the future of the United States of America.

    1) Higher taxes on those able to pay more. Raising more tax revenue is the key to deficit reduction. The Laffler curve is nonsense and the "trickle down" and "supply side" theories have never worked. The robust Keynesian approach as advocated by Paul Krugman and others is the only way to have a strong economy and one way or the other we will end up following that.
    2) A national healthcare system that covers everyone from cradle to grave and which pays for reproductive health services such as contraception and elective abortions in the first two trimesters just like all other medical services.
    3) A reduction in our worst national entitlement—the bloated military budget.
    4) Immigration reform to allow the vast majority of Latinos presently here without the proper credential to acquire such credentials.
    5) A gradual switch to cleaner energy production.

    It may take a while to get all of that. I'm working for those things. Most American Jews are (for most part) in favor of those items as well.

  5. "Cash welfare benefits"
    All that means is that checks aren't being written directly to recipients. The actual spending has been going up:
    http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/welfare_chart_40.html

    You're right about the drop in violent crime rates. It also seems to be inversely proportional to household Internet usage, so I'm not so sure that Obama really has anything to do with it..

  6. Charlie Hall Are you a comedian or soemthing similar? A clown perhaps? Rich hypocritical Satan-[Democrats]worshipper Paris-junketing disgusting rich snob 2-faced bas**rd!

  7. Charlie Hall Are you a comedian or soemthing similar? A clown perhaps? Rich hypocritical Satan-[Democrats]worshipper Paris-junketing disgusting rich snob 2-faced bas**rd!

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