“Is there an asshole convention in town?” – Richard Pryor in Moving
If you see a small mushroom cloud in the city of Austin, it will be because my head has finally exploded. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick looks to be well prepared to raise the bar for stupidity in elected officials. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuukkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just do some research on him…
“I could say more, but you get the general idea.” – Morrissey
Greg Abbot: End City Bans On Bags, Fracking, Tree Cutting
When Texas elected Greg Abbot to the position of Governor, I knew we were in for more years of stupidity, so here we go…
Greg Abbot says he wants to end local city laws that ban plastic bags, fracking, and tree cutting, because he wants to protect the rights of private property owners. How banning plastic bags, in particular, violates property owners is mind boggling. Basically he wants to stop anything that might be beneficial environmentally because he is bought and paid for by energy companies that are against regulations of any kind.
How come conservatives say they believe in things like States Rights, but then want to prevent communities from exercising self government? If you follow what the modern far right believes, you won’t find any consistency, other than doing whatever their large corporate donors tell them to.
I go back and forth in my mind about how stupid the American public is. Just go to Huffington Post and look at the most popular stories on the side of the page. I bet you can already guess that it isn’t usually the most important ones! However, there are two tales to tell here.
Let’s start with Huffington Post. I read Huffington Post most when I worked a day job. There is no better time to be on the internet than when you are working a meaningless job. Often by mid-afternoon I would joke with my coworkers that I had found the end of the internet. One time I had a friend tell me that they hadn’t seen me on facebook for a year. I told her that was because I wasn’t working a day job that year! Alas, while surfing the world wide internet at work, I did also have to do some actual work. So I couldn’t read any articles that were actually deep and meaningful. Plus my bosses were usually destroying what mental abilities I did bring into the office that day. So while I was at work, I usually did seek out articles that were more trivial and inane. I needed to keep it light or someone was going to die. It makes me think that what could be driving up the stupid factor at Huffpo is a whole nation of people at meaningless jobs just killing time. There are a lot of meaningless jobs in this country. It’s a good theory at least. It also makes me think that the most obvious answer isn’t necessarily the right one.
Now let’s get back to the American people. There is a side to me that wants to say that this country is really fucking stupid. It’s when I see that we have turned so much of this nation into one big giant shopping mall. It’s when I see what’s popular on TV. It’s when I see the leaders that we elect most of the time. It’s when I see that we don’t listen to scientists on things like climate change. There’s a lot of evidence to support the “we’re fucking stupid” viewpoint.
There is a difference between being naturally stupid and being put in an environment that keeps you from reaching your full potential. Look at how many schools are being changed from being places of critical thinking to places that create worker bees. Think of the jobs that you have had. Is it the smart people that critically think that rise to the top, or the people that don’t ask too many questions? In corporate America it almost pays to be stupid. Or at least it pays to be stupid in every way but making money. The powers that be want people to be good at things that create wealth, but they don’t want people asking too many questions.
Another thought is that it takes wits to survive in this economy. You make $25,000 dollars a year and you have to support three kids, in a country that has almost no safety net when compared to other industrialized nations. You need to pull some shit out of your ass to do that! You’ve got to be crafty. It takes a lot more brain power and work to survive on minimum wage than it does to survive on millions. When you are a millionaire you can just have other people do things for you.
Maybe some, but not all, of the dumb decisions that we make are just because people are burned out and tired. When they get home from working two jobs they don’t have the energy to read Moby Dick. It’s much easier to put on Who Wants to Blow a Millionaire and let your thoughts empty. I know that’s what I would do if I was working two jobs.
Maybe as a people we aren’t stupid. Maybe it’s just that the rich have gotten too much power and created a system that keeps people from reaching their true potential. Like I said, I go back and forth on this. I’d love to see this nation become a place where people are at least given more of a chance to prove how smart they are.