How willfully ignorant is the u.s.a. public? On many important subjects, unanimously.
Of the President and 535 elected officials of this 113th Congress, none openly present as atheist. In an educated, first world country. In 2013. Zero. Mass superstition.
Even the small percentage of closet atheists are reluctant to go on record, out of fear it might lose them the next election. Respect for ignorance is a survival tool. Less than 1/2 the public would even consider voting for a rationalist: In Ignorance We Trust. http://goo.gl/rDjlWL
A second illumination of mass willful ignorance is that we elect people to mirror our ignorance, then use them as scapegoats. Instead of personal responsibility, we must listen to the common excuse ‘Those damn politicians.’
3. Our sovereign debt: $17 trillion and rising. If you read as much as we do, you will see that even the vast majority of purportedly intelligent social liberals defend or support this. And often use various guises to denigrate those who don’t. http://goo.gl/ewC5EE
4. Whenever a democrat is in The White House, republicans ballyhoo how they are paragons of fiscal rationalism. But their party’s long-term collective voting record shows them to merely be using the issue as a political football to blame democrats.
5. We have only 4% of Earth’s population, but spend 39% of its aggregate national defense budget. Anyone wanting to reduce this enormous waste risks being labeled ‘soft on national defense’ by election opponents. This has come at great expense not only to our sovereign debt load, but it continues to detract from infrastructure spending. http://goo.gl/8z4z
6. How does the public discourage such irrational behaviors? By repeatedly and unanimously re-electing the political parties responsible, voters train politicians to misbehave.
7. Often more than half who could vote, don’t. And after voters and non-voters alike unanimously squander the opportunity to support more rational – third party – alternatives? Many blame politicians for the results.
8. Even wildly popular figures proclaim they won’t vote, then blame politicians for it. Silence = consent. Demagogues understand that the public is far more attracted to those who blame others, than to those who convey a message of personal responsibility.
9. Unanimous avoidance of those who point out the public’s victim card: blame-politicians-to-evade-personal-responsibility.
- Change apathy to action.
- Become better informed to make more rational choices. Personal responsibility results in less need to blame others.
- Advocate real education reform: enlighten young people about the great dangers of ill-informed crowds, with above examples as a great start.
- Support informed rationalists.
- Support political alternatives. Stop rewarding blatantly irrational policies and parties just because they’re wildly popular: that’s called herd mentality.
- Support groups such as Fix the Debt, Concord Coalition, Starbucks’ occasional initiatives for more rational government, and peace, environment, and population responsibility groups.
- Support your own global citizenship more. Expensive, divisive, armed, annihilatory patriotism less.
Related article published several weeks after this post: http://goo.gl/IoOSDz