The American Right to Stupidity – Election 2004

November 3, 2004

Well, the American people have exercised their right to stupidity in an election based on fear, lies repeated over and over until people thought them true, and yes, the ignorance of the apparent majority of American voters who won't even bother to check "facts" presented in political commercials. speeches, or the Fox network.

From Scott Rosenberg's Salon blog a day or two ago:

This report (from the Program on International Policy Attitudes of the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland) on the relative perceptions of Bush and Kerry supporters (courtesy Metafilter) is, I suppose, not surprising, but still unbelievable:

Even after the final report of Charles Duelfer to Congress saying that Iraq did not have a significant WMD program, 72% of Bush supporters continue to believe that Iraq had actual WMD (47%) or a major program for developing them (25%). Fifty-six percent assume that most experts believe Iraq had actual WMD and 57% also assume, incorrectly, that Duelfer concluded Iraq had at least a major WMD program. Kerry supporters hold opposite beliefs on all these points.

Similarly, 75% of Bush supporters continue to believe that Iraq was providing substantial support to al Qaeda, and 63% believe that clear evidence of this support has been found. Sixty percent of Bush supporters assume that this is also the conclusion of most experts, and 55% assume, incorrectly, that this was the conclusion of the 9/11 Commission. Here again, large majorities of Kerry supporters have exactly opposite perceptions.

The report delicately refers to this overall phenomenon as a "tendency of Bush supporters to ignore dissonant information." I'd say that's a very polite way of putting it. A blunter description would be, "heads in the sand."

So those who cluelessly voted for Bush will get what they deserve.

It's just a shame that the rest of us have to pay for their ignorance too.


2 Responses to “The American Right to Stupidity – Election 2004”

  1. I think that part of the voter registration process should be an IQ test. I can’t stand that I live in a nation of idiots.–>

  2. Great site and interesting reading

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