It seems incredible to me that when President Clinton left office there was a $23 billion budget surplus, and that it took Robotic Lord Cheney and his unregulated ilk only eight years to completely destroy the U.S. economy. The coming worldwide financial apocalypse has made me fretful, so I’ve been reading a lot more news lately. One thing I see the liberal writers saying over and over is, “Americans aren’t stupid.” I can’t believe that the pointy-heads who say that have ever been to America because, if they had, they’d realize that lots of Americans are, indeed, stupid. Deeply stupid. Not only are they stupid, but they are personally offended by anyone who’s smart. The teacher asks a question. You answer the question correctly. “You think you’re so smart!” hisses the stupid American kid sitting next to you in class. If you’re really smart, you’ll soon realize the only way to get along is to play dumb. If only 10% of Americans are stupid, that’s still millions and millions of people, or “voters” as our politicians like to call them.
This reminds me of Senator Roman Hruska, “the Noblest Roman,” Republican Senator-for-Life from Nebraska. I met Senator Hruska once when I was a girl. He was portly and polite, and seemed like a nice old farmer in his short-sleeved plaid farmer shirt. Afterwards my friend who’d introduced us told me a secret: The shirt was made of pure silk, a fabric especially woven to Senator Hruska’s specifications, in Italy. Senator Hruska knew who his constituents were.
Senator Hruska may be best remembered—if he’s remembered at all— for something he said during the Senate confirmation hearings for G. Harrold Carswell, nominated for the U. S. Supreme Court by President Nixon although absolutely nobody thought Carswell was a particularly good judge. "Even if he is mediocre," Senator Hruska said, "there are a lot of mediocre judges and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren't they, and a little chance? We can't have all Brandeises, Cardozos, and Frankfurters, and stuff like that there.”
Now we are faced with another candidate of the people. Perhaps you think I mean Miss Teen South Carolina:
Q. “Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can't locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?"
A. "I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some ... people out there in our nation don't have maps and uh, I believe that our, ah, education like such as in South Africa, and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should, uh, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., or should help South Africa, it should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future, for."
No, I do not. I mean Miss Alaska, First Runner-Up:
Q. “ You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?”
A: “That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land-- boundary that we have with-- Canada. …Well, it certainly does because our-- our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia-- … We have trade missions back and forth. We-- we do-- it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his ugly head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where-- where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is-- from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to-- to our state.”
But do not the many millions of stupid Americans deserve representation, too?