Stupid Americans That Still Believe Dumb Things

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During the past ten years my horizons of politics, economics and world affairs has certainly been broaden and taken out of a state of naïve bliss.  Reality has a way of forcing (some) people to seek meaning and truth.  After everything that has happened in and to this country over the past 20 years its hard to imagine the dumb things stupid Americans still believe.  For sure there are many smart Americans that have woken up to the "evil empire" they thought was the shining light of peace, prosperity, freedom, and democracy.  But too many are still addicted to MSM, particularly the cable new networks.

 

You find them on both sides, left and right.  They can't drop the false dogma mantra that particularly the extremes on both sides repeat.  While the list of these misguided and moronic beliefs is too long to list, a smidgen of gems include:

 

We fight them over there so we won't have to fight them here.

Russia wants to destroy the American Way of Life

Our founding fathers would have never gone along with regulation (what, were you there to ask them their opinion?)

We should have free college so that everyone can go to college and get great jobs

People in lousy paying jobs could easily get good paying jobs but they want free "government stuff"

Hillary Clinton  really cares for women

Barrack Obama was a progressive

In the US you simply have to work hard and you too could join the 1%

We have hundreds of military bases around the world so that the US can spread peace, prosperity, freedom and democracy

We just need to get the right "Rs" or "Ds" in office

People can easily make their own medical choices

The free market works perfectly

Regulation can solve all societal problems and issues

All CEOs have the best interest of their companies and shareholders at heart

Wall Street CEOs really didn't understand sub prime mortgages and derivatives, it was just too complicated for a Harvard educated mind

People that graduate from Ivy League schools are all smart and should be running the show

Russia hacked the US elections, the US would never interfere with others' elections.

 

Well I could go on and on.  But that's enough stupid thoughts I can conjure up and stomach in one setting.

Comments

Autumn Cote Added Mar 13, 2018 - 10:43am
You have some unsightly formatting issues going on in this article.  For example, notice how the word "heart" is on a row of its own.  As always, many thanks for your participation with Writer Beat!
Gerrilea Added Mar 13, 2018 - 11:05am
George---NOooooo...say it isn't so.  :)
 
You missed one..."Slavery is the new freedom". 
 
Thanks for trying.  Sadly, you'll find that even when you present the facts, real facts and documents proving what they believe is incorrect, propaganda or outright lies...they'll get angry, hostile and maybe even violent.  It's called "cognitive dissonance", holding two contradictory beliefs...
 
It's easier to believe the illusion, the truth is just an inconvenience to the "greater good".  Begging the question: Who's greater good???
 
 
Pardero Added Mar 13, 2018 - 1:28pm
George,
Clearheaded thinking here, if your format is a bit rougher than your usual perfect prose.
Isn't it unpatriotic to dissent?
'My country right or wrong'.
(Sarcasm)
George N Romey Added Mar 13, 2018 - 1:38pm
I used WB report writer so I don’t understand how it formatted like this. 
Bill H. Added Mar 13, 2018 - 1:39pm
 
Good one George.
If we are to make any headway in improving matters, we will need to rid ourselves of both dysfunctional/childish political parties that we are now stuck with. Nothing will get accomplished as each party simply does or thinks the opposite of the other party. The only byproduct is more hate and blame from the brain-dead who march in-step with either.
Until there is room for, and recognition of logical discussion and reasoning, we will simply remain as whining little kids throwing rocks at each other.
Pardero Added Mar 13, 2018 - 1:54pm
Bill H.
We are in total agreement on your well crafted statement.
Stone-Eater Added Mar 13, 2018 - 2:19pm
George
 
You might as well say:
 
Stupid (uninformed) people still believe stupid things.
 
Not only in the US, believe me.
 
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but us, it makes wiser...
Dino Manalis Added Mar 13, 2018 - 2:45pm
We're hoping for the best, but September 11; the housing and financial crisis; chronic economic stagnation; and disarray at home and abroad have certainly had a negative impact on our psyche.
Stone-Eater Added Mar 13, 2018 - 3:10pm
Dino
 
And who is responsible for that you think ?
George N Romey Added Mar 13, 2018 - 3:46pm
SEF I think Americans were happier when they knew less. The elites for awhile thought it was important to keep a good deal of the population fat, dumb, prosperous, and happy. Then they decided the middle class wasn’t worth keeping.
 
But what they never saw was the power of the Internet and subsequently alternative media. Some pissed off people seek truth, some hang onto desperate lies, others get high and/or drunk and even others kill themselves unable to cope with the shit sandwich they’ve been served.
Stone-Eater Added Mar 13, 2018 - 4:07pm
George
 
But what they never saw was the power of the Internet and subsequently alternative media.
 
There are 2 sides as always. While the net at first was a tool to give people information (which only a small percentage really used for), it has become a tool to censor and canalize people who are AGAINST the propaganda machine and see through. That's also why they allowed the darknet. This way they can put up a database of people who are against the system but believe they aren't controlled.
 
So in fact the net is in the hands of THEM. Money makes all things possible in the end.
 
That's why the Internet won't change anything, quite the opposite. They succeeded to turn the youth into dull snapchat zombies.
Katharine Otto Added Mar 13, 2018 - 9:22pm
George,
"They" are only in control as long as you believe it.  As long as "they" have convinced you that you have lost, "they" will be right.
 
Radio and television could have been great educational tools, but they became propaganda tools, but newspapers probably did the same thing before that.  The difference was you had to be literate to read a newspaper, but not to watch TV.
 
The best thing about the internet is that it is interactive.  While it's exposing the childishness of the population now, it is still in its infancy.  And, because it's free, anyone can have a voice.  It is encouraging people to become more involved, in its way, and forcing people to learn to read.  Maybe by being gulled enough times, they will learn more discretion.  
 
We are living in a very narrow slice of time, and it's impossible to see where this will lead.  However, people like us, meaning thinking people, are learning and teaching what is possible through electronic interaction.  I hope it is setting a positive example for those less sophisticated.
Autumn Cote Added Mar 14, 2018 - 3:35am
Are you aware you can edit any previously posted article?
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 14, 2018 - 7:34am
DUHmericans are dogshit stupid ignorant illiterate uninformed and worst of all damned proud of it. 
Bill Kamps Added Mar 14, 2018 - 9:12am
You can add to it:
 
The world is a worse place than it was 50 years ago.
 
The dollar amount of US government debt matters.
 
The US  debt has to somehow be repaid.
 
The world wide middle class is shrinking.
 
The rich control a greater percentage of resources than they did in past decades or centuries.
 
Places like Turkey, Egypt, Russia are democracies because they vote.
 
The Saudis are not one of the most autocratic repressive governments in the world.
 
Passing more laws will fix the immigration problem.
 
Passing laws will stop mass shootings.
 
 
Aaron Johnson Added Mar 14, 2018 - 9:45am
Thoughtful post and agree with most of them, though don't like the reference of people being 'stupid'. As for the sub-prime and derivatives market though, it became complicated due to lack of rules and oversight of those markets. The rating agencies couldn't properly rate many of those securities because it was impossible to surmise what was in all of those securities.
George N Romey Added Mar 14, 2018 - 12:16pm
Then the rating agencies should have not rated the securities.  They did it for one reason-money. They didn't give a damn whether their ratings were bogus or not.
Bill Kamps Added Mar 14, 2018 - 12:35pm
Agreed George.  The ratings agencies were too cosy with the investors, and gave them the rating they wanted.  There also are too few ratings agencies, therefore not enough points of view.
Jeff Jackson Added Mar 14, 2018 - 12:35pm
I'm not sure that the "elites" ever cared much about the American people, but at this point in time, they really don't care and it is really showing.
George N Romey Added Mar 14, 2018 - 12:40pm
I worked for a firm in the late 90s that was trying to get government sanction to be a recognized credit rating agency. Our petition never was given even a cursory look. The ratings agencies have politicians bought and sold.
Bill Kamps Added Mar 14, 2018 - 12:43pm
True George, it is not an accident there are not more ratings agencies.  No one wants that.  If there are too many, the investors and bankers cant control them.
Dino Manalis Added Mar 14, 2018 - 12:44pm
People have a right to their opinion, but there aren't simple answers to complex problems.  That's why analysis is needed.
Doug Plumb Added Mar 14, 2018 - 12:55pm
A bet a lot of people within the establishment are hoping, maybe dreaming that the people will figure out how to take the system back lawfully. We can easily do this if everyone started learning law. Lighthouse law is a good place to start. They have free lectures.
There are only two ways of taking the system back, with law or with guns. We can't do it with guns, not because of those silly nukes, or anything that Tinkerbell could do, but because armies are organized, people are not. One city could be under seige with 20 uniforms.
  We see the blockades ready to be used in Canadian cities. A military guy tells me the blockades are set up to have machine gun nests and have the right geometrical configuration for this. He showed me how the guns would be set up. They are not in all cities. There is no possible way of an armed ressurection succeeding, even if it could a civil war is the worst kind of war. Christians would be squashed by organized muslims.
  The says the the system is ours, not theirs. There is no doubt about what the law says. But without knowledge of the whats and why's of law on the part of the public, no court will give the lawful judgement. It's all about peoples expectations too, and we have been the victim of a Jedi mind trick, nothing more.
  The system is magnificent, we just need to wash the bullshit away.
Doug Plumb Added Mar 14, 2018 - 12:58pm
re "The US  debt has to somehow be repaid."
 
Most of this debt is fictional. Not all of it as we become interdependent and borrow from other countries. The debt to China is real and countries build up military to collect on debts because that is what the military does.
Doug Plumb Added Mar 14, 2018 - 1:00pm
The law says the the system is ours, not theirs.(sorry missed that)
Gerrilea Added Mar 15, 2018 - 9:06am
Doug P--- I'm curious, do you have a link you could provide that would show how or where the blockades are to be placed and how only 20 uniforms could control an entire city? There is something to be said of guerilla warfare...it works...
 
I do agree, an armed civil war is very unlikely to succeed but the restoration of Constitutional Law can, we need to prosecute the bastards and 4 horse-quarter them in the town square.
 
I do not agree that the system is magnificent, if it was, they couldn't have gotten us into this position without it.  The basic tenets are fabulous, so how do we modify it so that it can't ever happen again?
 
Bill H and George--- Those agencies are still in business and they shouldn't be.  They should have been prosecuted for fraud on a level of crimes against humanity and that's really what it was and still is to this day. 
 
Bill our "debt" is to a cabal of criminals, why should we pay the extortion fees again?  Ron Paul had the best ideas to date.  End the Fed. 
 
 
George N Romey Added Mar 15, 2018 - 9:12am
G that’s because those agencies like Wall Street and big corporations have bought the political system. He who owns the system makes the rules.
 
 The Fed should be ended. It is the head of the snake. It funds, feeds and protects the cabal. Every American should simply walk away from the debt peonage system.
Gerrilea Added Mar 15, 2018 - 10:17am
George, if only, if only. 
 
I do no trust the "crypto-currency" mania.  It's too close to that Orwellian world portrayed in Tom Cruise's movie, Minority Report.  Hell, if you lose power, you have nothing.
 
Gold or silver, a hard currency is the only real permanent solution.
wsucram15 Added Mar 15, 2018 - 11:45am
George I agree with 99% of it.  Good article.
George N Romey Added Mar 15, 2018 - 12:08pm
Thanks Jeanne. G I agree. If anything central banks will kill the cryptos. It’s too much of a threat to their empires and the tax man.
 
They can’t destroy precious metals but they have been artificially depressing the prices by buying huge amounts of future contracts.
 
Someone in one of their posts said the middle class is expanding. That is probably the biggest lie of all. Anyone that would seriously consider that is hopeless.
Bill Kamps Added Mar 15, 2018 - 12:39pm
Someone in one of their posts said the middle class is expanding. That is probably the biggest lie of all. Anyone that would seriously consider that is hopeless.
 
World wide the middle class has expanded greatly over the past couple of decades.  China, India, Russia, Latin America ( with the exception of Venezuela ) all very populous areas and all have greatly expanded middle classes.   If you have traveled as much as you say, then you have seen it with your own eyes, I have.
 
If the middle class declined some in the US, those other countries more than made up for it.  
 
You need to stop just thinking about the US, and start thinking about the progress the world is making. 
 
George N Romey Added Mar 15, 2018 - 1:21pm
Bill no what I’ve seen is people moving from dire poverty to the working poor or at best what we consider lower middle class. It means they have adequate food, a roof over their head and not a whole lot much more. That’s not what the middle class has been.
 
These people have been exploited for cheap labor and no worker protection. China is trying to create a middle class but there’s plenty of obstacles.
 
Globalism was originally sold as developing new markets not wage arbitrage.
Bill Kamps Added Mar 15, 2018 - 1:34pm
Bill no what I’ve seen is people moving from dire poverty to the working poor or at best what we consider lower middle class. It means they have adequate food, a roof over their head and not a whole lot much more. That’s not what the middle class has been.
 
Oh c'mon George.  Twenty five years ago in Russia you could stand in the middle of an 8 lane road and a car would come by every 10-15 seconds.  Much was the same in China.  Today those roads are grid locked with new cars.  I guess all those people are your definition of the working poor? 
 
China has so many cars in the large cities that they restrict access by license plates, so many people are buying a second car, so they can travel to their jobs.  Again the working poor?
 
There are luxury stores in Russia, and China filled with shoppers, and this did not exist twenty five years ago.  People dress better, people can travel, people can afford nice things.  More working poor I guess.
 
To deny that the middle class has not greatly increased in Russia, India and China is just being stubborn, so you can continue you mantra that the world is in decline.  Google any article on the subject, and tell me they are all lies, I have been there and seen it. 
George N Romey Added Mar 15, 2018 - 3:43pm
Bill those are not the "ordinary people."  Really get real.  Go to Brazil or Argentina.  The traffic in most cities is hell.  The people driving their little cars back to their very modest home (usually shared with extended family members) in a not so great neighborhood.  Yes they have Iphones but so do our poor.
 
These people DO NOT have what typically the middle class HAD in this country.  A stable job with benefits including PTO, a home for immediate family only, money in the bank, etc. 
 
Yes there are over the top rich people in China and Russia.  They were there under Communism rule-usually party members.  Now that communism has gone or is fading yes the luxury shops have come in.  But the average factory worker isn't shopping there.  Go to a city like Rio. I would see them shopping at a junk store called Americanas Express. 
 
Gerrilea Added Mar 15, 2018 - 9:13pm
Bill K-- Pure Orwellian doublespeak:
 
     "You need to stop just thinking about the US, and start
     thinking about the progress the world is making."
 
 
The majority of Americans have been forced into perpetual poverty and debt slavery and we shouldn't focus on our reality but see how wonderful the rest of the world is because of it!
 
What bullshit.
 
I must ask: How do you define progress?
 
62 people have more wealth than 50% of the entire world's population.
 
Is that the progress you reference? Those stats were from 2016.
 
Or maybe one year later, in 2017:
 
World's richest 8 men have more wealth than half the world's population.
 
George N Romey Added Mar 16, 2018 - 8:28am
G Bill won’t admit the system has become totally rigged. The stats you gave are very telling of the world in 2017 compared to 1967. Bill goes to the rich parts of a foreign country and thinks gee they seem to be doing well here. Yes in Rio the inhabitants of Leblon are doing fantastic but the majority of people  still are living in the Fevalas.
 
 
 
opher goodwin Added Mar 16, 2018 - 9:03am
George - I am amazed by the things Americans believe in. Some still think the universe is just 6000 years old and that the earth is flat.
I blame it on religious indoctrination and a poor education system.
Doug Plumb Added Mar 16, 2018 - 3:55pm
re "Doug P--- I'm curious, do you have a link you could provide that would show how or where the blockades are to be placed and how only 20 uniforms could control an entire city? There is something to be said of guerilla warfare...it works..."
 
Not hard to figure out - 2 or 3 at each major entrance / exit, a couple in a helicopter 2000 feet up to gun anyone down that is seen running across a field to an exit where there are no roads.
I think the number of civilians that could take out a fortified group of soldiers at an entrance or exit is limited by the amount of ammunition the soldiers have. They would have drones and see you coming. A bit of RF jamming could put civilian drones down.
Doug Plumb Added Mar 16, 2018 - 3:59pm
Gerrilea re "I do not agree that the system is magnificent, if it was, they couldn't have gotten us into this position without it.  The basic tenets are fabulous, so how do we modify it so that it can't ever happen again?"
 
You would if you started reading law, moral theory and politics over many years. Freedom is great but it isn't free.
 

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