The Great GOP Brainmush Infection

Why is it that so many of the idiotic comments floating around the ether come from Republicans? The Big Bang didn’t happen. Global warming is a worldwide conspiracy of scientists. Pregnancy cannot result from rape. The president is a Muslim born in Kenya. Slavery was a blessing for blacks. The employment report was doctored. On and on. There are hundreds of them, many by elected officials. Can it be that ignorance and stupidity are required in order to be a card-carrying Republican? I don’t think so. I know a few capable of critical thinking. Can it be that the electorate in certain places are that way, and will only elect one who, like themselves, is incapable of critical thought? I hope not, but I fear so.

Whatever the explanation, it’s an insidious infection that threatens to become an epidemic that turns Republican brains to mush. The Party of Lincoln suffers from more than its share of ignorant fools, and that hurts us all. It hurts us because day after day these jesters—responsible people who should know better—come out with the most remarkably stupid statements. Some of these idiocies, for whatever reason, gain traction among the non-cognoscenti, and people who should be occupied with better goals must battle them before they drag us all down.

Can it be that ignorance and stupidity are required
in order to be a card-carrying Republican?
I don’t think so.

Some of the actually reasonable Republicans do respond to the worst of these moronic statements, but most seem reluctant to say that, although the speaker is a Republican, what he says makes no sense. Thinking Republicans were shocked to find they would be opposed by Tea Party fools if they did not embrace a whole slew of absurd positions and fictions that make no sense in the real world. Tea Party types appear to have no idea how science works or what logic is. They are unconcerned if one of their beliefs is belied by all the evidence. It is the firm, false belief they stick with. The 21st century cannot afford such crippled thinking, particularly in responsible positions.

I hate to say it, but much of the official ignorance comes from the solid Republican South. Certain southern states have forever racked up awards for being the worst of this or that. Education. Poverty. Crime. On national maps, these places appear as one color, Republican. Of course, the Old South ain’t the only such place.

I lived in the Old South for two periods of my life, and enjoyed many of the things it has to offer, including some highly educated, erudite people. But a large part of the population behave like yahoos. It is literally true that pickup trucks with gun racks, deer-killer lights, and a bed full of beer cans can be seen on just about any southern rural road. (Old southern joke: the pickup with the biggest tires has the right of way.) The south will be rightfully ridiculed until the Dukes of Hazzard, now approaching their sixties, finally grow up and become thinking adults. But instead, far too many become the next generation of the ignorant who seem to have learned almost nothing important in twelve years of free schooling, topped off with four years of religio-collegiate claptrap during which they still didn’t learn how to think.

The improvement of the Old South
would be a blessing for the whole country.

None of this is to claim that Democrats cannot be equally idiotic, nor that there are no pockets of Democratic stupidity, but excessive numbers of the GOP seem to have failed to learn critical thinking. We see new evidence of this almost every day. There is a long road ahead before we have an educated American public capable of carefully considered voting. We can’t afford to have fools who can’t think proclaiming their stupidity to the world. We can’t afford an ignorant and disinformed electorate who unquestioningly accept what these fools say. The improvement of the social conditions—education, income, crime, tolerance—of the Old South would be a blessing for the whole country. It might even cut down on the level of blithering nonsense we hear from far too many Republicans these days.


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  1. I have a feeling that the Republicans you refer to indeed don’t value critical thinking. They are mostly worshippers of mammon, which is both means and end for them. Decision making is based on money and power, and money and power alone. I really wish for the electorate to wake up and see that they’re being sold out.


  2. I came across this from your other site.

    I am a Republican. Amazingly enough, I am voting for Obama. There are a few reasons for this and for most it will not make sense.

    One reason is that most of the people with a “R” behind their name are not Republicans. Most are some form of a social conservative. The party seems happy to chart a course far into Wackoland and anyone remotely leaning towards the center is not welcome. A good litmus test is when a potential candidate is on a reality show…well…what can that say?

    Obama needs to win. Beyond the fact that one person’s ideas of being progressive is to build a pipeline through a country that is not ours. Sometimes about the only way to wake people up is a good dose of humiliation.


    • Thanks for your thoughtful response. Perhaps the swing back from the far right wackos has begun. It couldn’t be too soon. Political discourse is impossible with people who are incapable of reason.


    • Yes, what IS that….I knew Republicans all my life and our biggest differences used to be disagreeing about criminal prosecution and welfare. Now? Holy cats….the guys wrapping themselves in that banner remind me of the ones who dragged General Lighthorse Harry Lee out of a newspaper office and left his murdered body on a Baltimore street.


  3. I recall the same South. And frankly, some of the southerners I still encounter are quite proud of their ignorance and seem to view it as some sort of virtue. A confusion of ignorance with innocence, perhaps? But of course, they are anything but innocent.


    • It’s sad. How do you break terrible social habits that have endured hundreds of years?


      • I don’t know, but a depressing “brain fart” surfaced in reply to the question. A quote from an occultist/psychologist in the 40’s, speaking of how to deal with evil men: “The way to their hearts is through their skin.”



  4. Excellent insight, I always heard the ridiculous comments Republicans made but never thought to analyze why they made them.

    There was a really interesting essay in Wired magazine a few months ago about an Athenian-style voting process of randomly choosing voters from the constituency who are then responsible for properly delving into the issues up for election and making educated decisions, rather than giving everyone the right yet listening to talking heads, and their twisted truths, to make your choices.

    The essay is worth a read:


    • Ain’t gonna happen. Congress is unable to grasp the idea of using more statistically valid methods even for the census. “One man, one vote” is in our DNA. (Never mind that this doesn’t mention women or other groups who were systematically disenfranchised.)


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