A few posts back I wrote about the amazing move in Texas to outlaw lessons in critical thinking in Texas schools. (That’s stuff like clear-headed logic, seeking out and evaluating the sources of information, not confusing symbols with actual things, and parsing language.)
I mentioned Wonkette’s right-on comment, “Texas Republicans promise they’ll nip that thinky-learny shit right in the bud.”
But Republican stupidity seems to have grown with the advent of Todd Akin of Missouri’s brilliant discovery that raped women can’t get pregnant, unless, of course, they was askin’ for it, or really wanted it, or something. At least that’s the implication of what he said when discussing whether women can get pregnant because of a rape.
“It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare," declared Akin. "If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”
Yeah right. That was so stupid it resonated around the the nation. More and more people are beginning to notice that Republicans seem not only to be stupid, but also that Republicans want to promulgate national stupidity.
“Having developed an extremist culture that encourages figures such as Akin to seek legislative office, GOP leaders should hardly be surprised when idiotic and reprehensible remarks spill from the mouths of their candidates,” comments the National Memo.
“On matters of basic science and peer-reviewed knowledge, from evolution to climate change to elementary fiscal math, many Republicans in power cling to a level of ignorance that would get their ears boxed even in a medieval classroom. Congress incubates and insulates these knuckle-draggers,” observed Timothy Egan, a New York Times columnist and blogger.
“Republicans don't want to educate you. They don't want to educate your children. The less education you have, the more they can manipulate you. The more they can get you to believe that money in the pockets of their choice somehow benefits you, the better for them,” said Isa Lee Wolf from the Yahoo Contributor Network.
Then there was this bundle of razzle-dazzle self-contradiction from Mitt Romney, who plainly must have been hoping that his fast-babble approach to explaining himself would confuse all us rubes:
Mitt Romney in 2002: ''I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose.''
Mitt Romney in 2007: ''Look, I was pro-choice. I am pro-life. You can go back to YouTube and look at what I said in 1994. I never said I was pro-choice, but my position was effectively pro-choice. I changed my position. And I get tired of people that are holier-than-thou because they've been pro-life longer than I have.''
The Republican dumbing down of America has made Americans and the United States the laughingstock of the world. The question is, will we vote out every one of these pro-idiocy Republicans – from Congressioal candidates to the White House candidate?
Or are we already way too stupid to get rid of these idiots?