You’ve all seen those videos of students on university campuses being asked simple history questions that a second grader should know. They stutter and stammer, unable to give the correct answer to who won the Civil War or even look like they have a clue there ever was one.
The same university students march around raising signs that say they deserve free tuition and then instead of using the chance they have to actually learn, they use their time and energy to instigate trouble on campus for everyone else, so they can get the media’s attention and shout how offended they are when someone comes to their school with a differing opinion than what they’ve gleaned in a series of tweets from their favorite rapper.
Then we have Hollywood, which continues to put out movies so utterly idiotic that repackaging Dumb and Dumber as a “classic” seemed like a wise move to the demographic they cater to.
On-demand television series and online gaming has made society a bunch of couch-potato, binge-watching, mind-numbed dopes. People used to watch two or three hours a day, at most. Now, many of them are glued to devices 12 hours a day. Why not? They don’t work anymore. They are either perpetual “students” or they choose to live a life of leisure while letting others foot the bill.
Smart phones have played their part in the dumbing down of America. Technology – while making some things easier – has also made people lazier and dumber. Why read a book about a topic when you can watch a thirty-second video and become a Facebook expert, spouting your opinions like an automatic sprinkler system during the rainy season? Why watch the road when you can stare at your phone?
Smart-aleck talk show hosts have also helped. While morning hosts dispense information like they’re sharing the meaning of life, late night hosts pretend everything in life is just a big joke. But despite their different personalities and deliverance, they’re all editorializing with a really loud speaker system. Since few think for themselves anymore, why not tell them what to think through a celebrity spokesperson ridiculing opposing thought? It works in the universities…
The talking heads (or news anchors as they prefer to be called) worry more about what the Kardashians are up to these days than discussing the mass murders and sex slavery of women and children around the world by Isis. They dish on all the latest episodes of reality television and how sexy JLo looked on the red carpet instead of telling us what’s really happening in our nation’s capitol. The news has become what they want it to be. The rich old men who run the Networks are part of the problem; sinking America in useless info and promoting an unnatural obsession with staying young forever. And I’m pretty sure Botox has killed more brain cells in America than smoking. Just watch the Oscars.
Now for a complete dumbing down, you need the masses to fall down and worship at the feet of stupid. We now have that dream come true. Here are our presidential candidates, already garnering adoration, applause, and power over the masses.
Hillary: Vote for me and I will give you a free house, free drugs, free abortion, one of my free get out of jail cards, and a hardback copy of my personal memoir that is totally, completely, and I swear on a stack of my husband’s Playboy’s, true!
Trump: Vote for me and I will build a twenty-foot wall around the entire country, kick out anyone who doesn’t like my toupee, make every day great by naming it Trump Day, and beat President Putin in Russian roulette!
Sanders: Vote for me and I will take all the money from the people who work and divide it up equally between all the people who don’t, then I will give everyone a pony, a condom, a bag of personalized M&Ms, and free access to the dark web… if I survive until the end of this campaign. Giving away other people’s wealth is exhausting and I’m not accustomed to work. Feel the Bern!
All three of these candidates are willing to say or do anything to get your vote. To keep you from voting them off the island, so to speak. (If only we could)
I wouldn’t put it past them to borrow your information and vote a few extra times in your name. For you. Because they care. Because they can get away with it.
Because they were born for this job and NO ONE will stop them from getting it! (Sorry, I got a little Hillary shrill there)
I hope when January 2017 rolls around, we won’t have invited another weasel into the chicken coop. Because when they finally sit down to dinner in the White House dining room, after their billion dollar celebratory ball, brains will definitely be on the menu.
Barbara is the author of The Fredrickson Winery Novels, The Amish Bloodsuckers Trilogy, Second Chances Series, the award winning thriller, Split Sense, and the Double Barrel mystery, Roadkill. She hangs out in Minnesota with her husband and their pups.