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Old 10-08-2007, 02:01 PM
 
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It seems like every politician says this now and then, usually in reference to how the other party is trying to fool or hoodwink people.

But is it actually true?

In all honesty, do you think "the American people" on average "aren't stupid?"
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Old 10-08-2007, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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I think they have the attention span of a young child with ADD, generally speaking. Not so much an issue of not being intelligent as an issue of not wanting to spend the time and energy to dig into issues. Too busy with their own lives. When they watch TV they want to be entertained more so than informed. Just give us the soundbites please.
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Old 10-08-2007, 02:08 PM
 
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I don't think its a question of stupid. Its a question of how much information they are informed with to decide what they think about issues. And our government is very good at controlling how it is dosed out in order to sway the thinking of the populations.
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Old 10-08-2007, 02:11 PM
 
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I agree. We may have a significant number of people with what I might consider questionable priorities, but many of them are very bright. Of course, some people really are stupid.
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Old 10-08-2007, 02:12 PM
 
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I think it's a mix. But there definitely is a class of people out there who are just plumb stupid, no matter how you look at it.
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Old 10-08-2007, 02:27 PM
 
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We aren't stupid, it's just that there is so much that goes on behind closed doors, so much that we are not aware of in this world, that if we could see it all and understand it all, I'm very certain we would be living life differently, and by this I mean more carefully.
But even though we have been given intelligence as humans, we also have the "sheep instinct" as well, whatever the next guy does, we are likely to do also. We like to fit in with the crowd, don't want to be different. And in that respect, we may be on the dumb side. We need to watch ourselves so that we don't follow the other dumb sheep who are headed the wrong way, not knowing or seeing what's up ahead....impending danger and possible destruction.
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Old 10-08-2007, 02:37 PM
 
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If they were ignorant or as stated, "stupid", then at least there would be an excuse. I think I would fear apathy more than ignorance. What is worse, those who don't know or those who don't care to know?
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Old 10-08-2007, 05:05 PM
 
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But even though we have been given intelligence as humans, we also have the "sheep instinct" as well...
The sheep instinct??? Heck, that's against the law in my state...
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Old 10-08-2007, 05:09 PM
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And then there's this....which makes me wish more and more that there were a "reach-out-and-strangle-someone" feature on our television sets.....

People Are Smart? It's Time to Sue Ditech.com For Blatant False Advertising - Associated Content
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Old 10-08-2007, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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In all honesty, do you think "the American people" on average "aren't stupid?"
No. We're probably the stupidest of all industrial nations, and certainly the most superstitious.
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