John Adams said: “Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” The life of a democracy depends solely on those living within it. If a democracy is populated by strong, intelligent, informed voters, it can remain healthy and productive. Unfortunately, the longer a democracy exists–as John Adams put it–the more likely it will be to commit suicide. Suicide is, by nature, a choice. As citizens in a democracy become unwilling to inform themselves of the goings on of their government, they make a passive choice to let their country die.
Yesterday, I saw a bumper sticker that read “Healthcare for all!” The driver of the car was exactly as I imagined them to be. She looked like an ill-informed, probably unemployed, flower child. As I took a passing glance her way, I thought for a moment about just how foolish Americans are becoming. Then I got home, and saw a news story that reflected my thoughts exactly.
A new Kaiser poll is out regarding Obamacare, and the results are comically unfortunate. According to CNS News: “Overall, just 35 percent have a favorable view of Obamacare while 40 percent have an unfavorable view, which ties an October 2011 poll for the lowest level ever.”
According to ABC News:
“Four in ten Americans (42%) are unaware that the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land…including 12% who believe the law has been repealed by Congress…and 23% who say they don’t know enough to say what the status of the law is.”
1. A plurality of Americans disapprove of Obamacare, and 42% don’t even realize that it’s the law of the land. Interesting.
2. Almost 2 in 10 people believe that the law has been repealed–either by Congress or the Supreme Court.
3. More than 2 in 10 people don’t know enough about Obamacare to make a judgement.
Are any of these three bits as disturbing to you as they are to me? These poll results simply confirm what I already know: Americans are becoming less and less informed. Americans are too busy sitting back in their recliners, stuffing their faces with tater-tots, and watching The Real Housewives of Orange County to take a minute to read about Obamacare. Americans are keenly tuned in to the Lays potato chip flavor contest, yet they haven’t a clue as to what their government is up to.\
Then, these imbeciles wander down to the polling station, and cast their vote for President. Frankly, I’m surprised–given the poll results–that these people can find their way home, let alone help choose the leader of the free world.