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David Sirota

David Sirota

Posted: November 20, 2009 12:49 PM

How the Media's Proud Know-Nothingism Helped Create the American Idiocracy

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The term "idiocracy" means a nation run by idiots - and the term idiot is defined as "an utterly foolish or senseless person" and/or a "person of the lowest order in a former classification of mental retardation, having a mental age of less than three years old." There are many reasons to conclude that America has become a full-fledged Idiocracy - bad decisions after bad decisions after bad decisions really have suggested that the last decade has seen the ascension of utterly foolish, senseless people of the lowest order in a former classification of mental retardation.

And yet, as I show in my newspaper column out today, if there was still any shred of doubt that we had avoided becoming an Idiocracy, it was only fully snuffed out in the last week by David Broder and Jackson Diehl - two of the alleged "deans" of the Washington media intelligentsia.

Here is Broder attacking President Obama for taking the time to carefully consider whether to send an additional 40,000 American troops into an increasingly Vietnam-like Afghanistan quagmire:

The more President Obama examines our options in Afghanistan, the less he likes the choices he sees...The urgent necessity is to make a decision -- whether or not it is right.

That was followed by Diehl who made much the same argument in a subsequent column.

Let's set aside the nauseating spectacle of two crotchety old men, comfortably protected in their plush Washington offices demanding a president send 40,000 troops potentially to their deaths without regard for whether that's the right decision. Let's just put that grotesque immorality in the corner, and pretend it's not important - and let's go to the deeper message of aggressive pro-idiocy.

Broder and Diehl are paid to think carefully about issues and then offer their opinions on those issues. That's not part of what they're supposed to do - it's what they do. It's the way they make a living, it's what they're supposed to derive their credibility from - indeed, it's their entire raison d'etre.

And yet, these supposed leading lights of the intelligentsia, these professional thinkers, are overtly preaching anti-intelligence. They are quite clearly insisting that the proper course of action for a president is to avoid applying intelligence and avoid thinking at all. And both of them aren't even being subtle about it.

Read my column here for my take on exactly what all this means - and why it is so deeply disturbing.


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