Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Americans Are Politically Ignorant

[VV note: Not to mention scientifically, historically and geographically ignorant…]

The Numbers Are Shocking

CJ Werleman, AlterNet
June 17, 2014

The health of a democracy is dependent on an educated citizenry. Political illiteracy is the manure for the flourishing of political appeals based on sheer ignorance.

So let me introduce you to House Majority Speaker Eric Cantor’s Republican Party vanquisher David Brat (R-VI). First thing you need to know about this far right-wing political upstart is he’s a university professor, which means it’s highly probable he’s not an idiot. He also identifies with the Tea Party strain of conservatism, which, paradoxically, means it’s likely he is, indeed, an idiot. And by idiot, I mean wholly ignorant of U.S. history and constitutionality.

In fact, in his victory speech delivered last week to his supporters, Brat demonstrated that he sits among the majority of Americans when it comes to political and cultural illiteracy.

“I wish to restore America to its Judeo-Christian roots,” declared Brat. "God acted through people on my behalf.”

Ignoring the self-delusion of the latter part of the above text, Brat now joins no less than 200 million Americans, according to a number of polls, who believe the U.S. Constitution and our laws are based on Judeo-Christian values. On any given Sunday you will hear Christian-right politicians claim absurdly that U.S. laws are based on the Bible. Spoiler alert: they’re dead wrong. The Constitution’s secular provisions came into being thanks to the Founding Fathers, who shared a deep suspicion of both organized religion and the supernatural. The Constitution was framed with a conscious omission of any mention of God and a prohibition of all religious tests for public office. Moreover, the First Amendment’s declaration that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” embodied the founders’ view that religion has no place in the political domain.

(More here.)

2 Comments:

Blogger Tom Koch said...

Werleman makes some good points, too bad he failed to include the sterling example of Congressman Hank Johnson's concern over Guam tipping over (without a sign of humor as he later claimed).

7:55 AM  
Blogger Tom Koch said...

Werleman makes some good points, too bad he failed to include the sterling example of Congressman Hank Johnson's concern over Guam tipping over (without a sign of humor as he later claimed).

7:55 AM  

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