Maybe I'm not the egalitarian I thought I was.
I've come to recognize one of the biggest drawbacks to democracy is the absolute ability for ignorant asses to spew their hatred and ignorance with equanimity.
And, damn it!.... it has an effect.
Other boobs, finding their own denseness mirrored in the ravings of clods no better educated than themselves, take courage and feel no constraint in broadcasting whatever fool thing occurs to them, with the assurance that some idiot is bound to give it credence.
Back in feudal times, an uneducated peasant would be pulling on his forelock and saying, "yes, sir" and "no, sir. No unlettered oafs would feel free to back talk their "betters" in the rude and stupid fashion that has become manifest in society today.
Reading the comments on Internet blogs, and viewing the handwritten signs carried by the teabaggers, leaves those of us - who truly are not really part of a grammar gestapo, but who have taken some pains to educate ourselves beyond the fourth grade - gagging with disbelief.
This lack of education and respect for culture, wedded to an unholy trinity of avarice, ambition and iniquitous hypocrisy, provides the 21st century a new strain of philistines.
It has become axiomatic for the clear-eyed to observe that the goppers of today are not the GOPers of yesteryear.
Yes, there are some illiterate and venal Dems....but, as my liberal daughter, Paige, says, "Blindly following liberal views doesn't limit people the way blindly following conservative views does."
Goppers, plodding their parochial path, have reached beyond bilious and become a plague on the country.
“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'”
― Isaac Asimov
― Isaac Asimov