The root our ignorance is the false notion that real patriotism requires blind allegiance to the notion that everything American is better just because it is American. This lie, proselytized by the right, allows the uninformed to bathe in feeling than they are better rather than take on any burden to actually be better
It is now "cool" to be willfully ignorant. Any sentence which begins with "I'm not a scientist," but ends with public policy suggestions regarding it, highlights the point. Ignorance has become a homeowner in America's discourse. It has a seat at the "grown folks" table and is asked its opinion. How in the hell did we get here?