Yesterday I spent alternating between hazes of disappointment, rage, and dumbfounded despair. Only one topic could upset my emotional balance so completely:
The stupid arrogance of the American public.
Now, as a disclaimer, I am completely aware of the sweeping generalization I’m making here. Not all Americans are stupid. Many of the them are definitely arrogant, but not all. However, the deadly combination of the two characteristics found in so much of the voting public makes me want to rethink this whole democracy-thing, or at the very least, overhaul the educational system to produce an engaged, empathetic populace.
Case in point, the Jimmy Kimmel video floating around the web yesterday provoked in me a day-long festival of weeping and gnashing of teeth for the future of this country.
Now, let it be said again – Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are THE EXACT SAME THING. The only difference? The moniker and the anti-Obama sentiment marketed with the new law. Some in the video even spout the rhetoric that Affordable Care Act detractors spin, such as “socialist” and “un-American.” The only thing missing was a guy pulling out his six-shooter to protect his oil derrick.
Surely this video hand-picked unsuspecting yokels and left out a few intelligent, informed individuals who could at the very least distinguish the difference between Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act (that is, none). I’m hopeful enough to believe that. Unfortunately, however small a representation of the American public this video features, according to this CNBC survey, enough of the population remains in complete ignorance over this fact. It’s enough to make one pound her head repeatedly against a wall.
This is America. I fully support everyone’s right to their own opinion on the subject. I will even listen to your ill-thought-out argument supporting said opinion. A little ignorance is forgivable. Not ideal, but forgivable. However, ignorance coupled with a fervent adherence to political ideology?
At least the fear of looking stupid should be enough to silence you until you’ve done your homework.