Our Willfully Stupid America

“Needless to say, I am not pleased…Most young, middle-class Americans I know are happy that millions of previously uninsured people will receive free or heavily subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We just didn’t realize that, unless we had health insurance at work, we’d be the ones paying for it.” – Matthew Fleischer

“Two Gonzaga University students are facing expulsion for using a handgun to defend themselves when a six-time felon broke into their home.” – Awr Hawkins (Brietbart)

If I had to describe our American society in a single term, I would have no choice but to say “intentional stupidity.” While many people might say resilient, strong, loving, or powerful, I would have to move toward the negative. While we have many great attributes, our society is woefully misinformed. It wouldn’t be so bad if we were being duped, with no alternative but to believe the bundle of propaganda being shoved down our gullets, but that is not the case. Every day, Americans have access—whether it be though television, the radio, or the internet—to quality information. Without the willingness to seek out the truth, however, it may as well not even exist.

It is because of our great capabilities that I deem us willful in our stupidity. We don’t have to be a backwards society, but we choose to be that way. The two above quotes are from two recent news stories, the first about Obamacare, the second about gun rights. Both of these stories demonstrate our society’s staggering desertion of even basic intelligence.

Matthew Fleischer wrote in to the LA Times, seemingly baffled that it was he who must pay for Obamacare. How is it that Americans must pay for government run healthcare? He does believe in the ACA, but why must he pay for it? It’s called taxation. Money doesn’t come from the clouds, like manna from heaven. Though Liberals love to believe that Obama is God, Obama isn’t even Moses.

How is it that Mr. Fleischer missed all the signs? Even prior to the signing of Obamacare into law, there were numerous reports suggesting that it would be a financial disaster. In addition to that, we have examples from nearly every modern western civilization that have tried some form of socialized medicine, and failed. He missed the signs because he wasn’t looking for them. Willful stupidity.

On to the next story. Two college students are facing expulsion for having a gun on campus property.

Despite the fact that these students used the gun to defend themselves from a six-time felon, they are the criminals. These students could very well have died at the hands of this felon, but the college is more concerned with their precious gun-free zone. How is this possible? Willful stupidity.

In the face of study after study telling us that guns make campuses safer, the only thing we hear from colleges is the shrill cry of the gun control zealots. No matter the obvious fact that gun-free zones only provide criminals with a veritable shooting gallery, filled with unarmed, law-abiding citizens, it’s all drowned out by the rage screams of the Left. Two students defended themselves from a criminal, now they’re the ones at fault. It is society’s willful stupidity that allows something like this to occur.

We are intelligent people, but we refuse to put any effort into the pursuit of the truth. Intelligence without effort is pointless.