by the Left Coast Rebel
...instead of the best and brightest? Is it because the bar is truly set that low? Is it because there are actually that few people in the nation that can sell their souls to the highest K Street bidder? Or does our Leviathan just attract the dumbest and the worst because our government has become something completely indistinguishable from that which the Founders envisioned?
This speaks entirely for itself:
Perhaps the cause of many of the ills in our nation that our government has perpetuated and/or caused are simply because, yes, they are actually that stupid.
Updated: My Objectivist friend Shane Atwell comments:
Force and Mind are opposites. Those that wish to wield the power of coercion are anti-mind. Anti the mind of their victims and mostly against thinking in their own heads as well. This is related to progressive education as well, which seeks to create submissive drones and power lusting leaders by destroying the capacity to think in children.This is a great point, force and mind are polar opposites. Leftists institute their power, for the most part; through coercion, crisis and misinformation. Policies (always floating, subjective) are then enforced by the barrel of a gun and often negate rhyme or reason.
Progressive public education today (through beginning concepts of the founding father of progressive education, John Dewey, if I recall) has become nothing but an assembly line of drones who swallow the government line, hook and sinker and may learn to add and subtract (and the schools fail for the most part in that endeavor too) but entirely lack critical thinking skills. It's all part of the communist-progressive "big picture".
Updated x2: Here's an excellent piece on John Dewey and Ayn Rand.