Ghost of Christmas Present: If these shadows remain unaltered by the future, none other of my species will find him here. But if he is to die, then let him die…and decrease the surplus population!
Ebenezer Scrooge: You use my own words against me?
Ghost of Christmas Present: Yes! So perhaps, in the future, you will hold your tongue until you have discovered where the surplus population is and who it is. It may well be that, in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man’s child.
[stupid is as stupid does]
Nearly 30% of Americans believe the Sun goes around the Earth. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate. (And for the those who believe the superiority of European culture over Americans, please note that 1 in 3 members of the EU believe the same erroneous thing. And for those of you reading this who believe the Sun goes around the Earth, please note that 1 in 3 is a higher percentage than 30%.)
Now, if this scientifically illiteracy is distinctly understood, you will understand why political campaigns look the way they do. And why?
Because, sure, people want to claim they base their political choices on facts and rational judgements. But, the truth is: they don’t. And why?
Because a sizable portion of the population is stupid.
I wish there were another way to state it. I am, after all, part of the home team on this planet. Remember that wacky uncle everyone tries to avoid on holiday gatherings? He’s like these people who have seemed to missed the last 450 years of scientific observations. Hell, even the Pope has come clean on the heliocentric theory and apologized about the tiff the Church had with Galileo’s promotion of it — albeit about 400 years too late. Then again, this was just a “theory” after all. How was the Pope to know it meant it was a fact? (Psssst! Evolution is a theory, too. Just like Gravity.)
Unfortunately, these stupid people, who believe the Sun goes around the Earth, can help decide elections. More on these morons in a moment.
The art of jujitsu is based on the idea that the best offense is to use your opponent’s offense against him. Why use your own energy when your opponent’s will do? In politics, this maneuver is much more difficult than it looks. But if you are part of the Democratic party in a state that is rather conservative, you need to be good at it to survive. Sen Claire McCaskill is a Democrat in Missouri — a Red State based on the way it swung in the past 4 presidential elections (it went against Pres Obama in 2008).
You better believe Sen McCaskill understands the politics of dancing. She couldn’t still be in the dance hall otherwise. Her Senate seat is being competed this year and there were an array of Republicans eager to (a) win the primary in the hopes of (b) gaining her seat.
What did Sen McCaskill do in response? Like all good politicians, she learned from history. And history says Continue Reading