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Why vote Republican? We’ll start with stupid.

With the November elections drawing neigh, I’m a bit alarmed by a preponderance of polls which show Republicans leading in many races. I’m more alarmed at a populace that seems willing to go back to a policy that got us into this mess than I am about the actual outcome of the election.
If you’ve read my blog, or have read my About page, you know that I believe the conservative movement is motivated by short-sighted self-interest and fear. I know this isn’t all inclusive and doesn’t represent all conservatives.
I have not been able to figure out what makes some people continually vote and rally against their own self interests. What causes a person to witness first-hand the effects of conservative political theory put into practice for eight long years, and not come to the conclusion that those policies only benefit the wealthy? I think I may’ve come a long way toward filling in some of the missing pieces of the “conservative motivation” puzzle.
Let me offer, for your edification and enlightenment, the following nuggets of information about the American voting public: (This is just for fun and probably doesn’t apply to you. You know who I’m really talking about…)

  • 50% of Americans can identify at least two members of The Simpsons, but only 25% can name more than one right guaranteed by the First Amendment. 22% can name all five members of the Simpsons family, but only 0.1% can name the first 5 amendment guarantees.
  • Less than 20% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 daily read a newspaper or news website.
  • In 2003, a Washington Post Poll showed that a whopping 70% of Americans believed Saddam Hussein was responsible for the 9-11 attacks. Nearly 80% of Faux “News” viewers believed the same falsehood, and over 50% of Americans still believed it after the publishing of the 9-11 Commission Report. The night before we attacked Iraq, a poll concluded that more than half of Americans thought that at least half of the global community was in favor of our actions.
  • Only 40% of Americans can name all three branches of government.
  • According to a CNN poll, only 1 of 7 people can locate Iraq on a map or globe.
  • Only 20% of voters are aware that there are 100 Senators.

Only 33% of Americans know that it is (supposed to be) Congress that declares wars.

  • Only 20% of Americans know who the current Sec. of Defense is. Do you?
  • On election night in 2008, 23% of Texans believed Barak Obama is a Muslim. The national average was closer to 10%, but 40% did not know what religion he is.
  • A 1991 survey found only 1 of 4 Americans know the length of a Senators term in office.
  • Less than 50% know that America was the first nation to use an atomic or nuclear weapon.
  • 30% of Americans don’t know what the Holocaust was.
  • Climate change as an issue? A 1996 study showed that less than half of Americans understand that the Earth orbits the Sun yearly. About 15% don’t realize the Earth orbits the Sun at all. One study indicates more than 10% believe the Sun orbits the Earth.
  • As we are constantly told by the Religious Right, we are a Christian nation, but half of Americans do not know the name of the first book of the Bible.
  • A 2007 report published by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute found that 14,000 randomly selected college students from 50 schools scored under 55% on a test of basic American civics. Less than half knew that the Battle of Yorktown was the last battle of the Revolutionary War.
  • During Sandra Day O’Conner’s term as the first woman on the Supreme court, fewer than half of Americans could name her.
  • Less than half of Americans can name their own state’s senators or congress persons.
  • Only 35% know that Congress can override a presidential veto.
  • Almost half believe the president can suspend or override the Constitution (apparently Bush supporters).
  • In 2003, the Strategic Task Force on Education Abroad investigated Americans’ knowledge of world affairs. The task force concluded: “America’s ignorance of the outside world” is so great as to constitute a threat to national security.
  • Less the 25% know that Social Security system runs a surplus budget, despite the fact that the surplus is about $150 billion annually and has done so since 1983. Both Reagan and Bush the Lesser used this surplus to help hide the otherwise implausibility of their tax cuts.
  • Only 10% know what radiation is.
  • Want to debate stem cell research? Less than 1/3 understand the basic concept of DNA or what a cell is.
  • The United States, at 98, scored the lowest on standardized IQ tests out of 22 industrialized nations surveyed. People who identified as “very liberal” scored an average of  12 points higher than those who identified as “very conservative”.
  1. K
    September 14, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Pretty damn depressing…
    Thanks for ruining my morning! (kidding)

  2. cmj
    October 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    The same could be said for democrats…

  3. sal
    November 5, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    this country is screwed I know that all republican who voted against democrats will eat shit and regret the biggest mistake in recent history idiots that’s what they are plain and simple

  4. Joe
    March 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I must confess my ignorance. I can’t imagine why the Republican party,is called conservative. What do they conserve? They racked up a trillion dollar deficit,for a phoney,manufactured war in Iraq. How conservative is that? Do they conserve the amount of federal deficit? They now want to starve all domestic agencies of funding,to fool people into thinking they are balanced budget good guys. It makes me want to vomit,every time I see the c word applied to this rogue political party of criminals.

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