A.D.D. Stands For America's Dumbed Down
by Saab Lofton
"It is often remarked in the First World that, from the president on down, Americans are the most ignorant -- in the literal sense of not knowing what they ought to know -- of any people with First World advantages."
--Gore Vidal, The American Presidency
"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."
Forget George Orwell's 1984, forget Aldous Huxley's Brave New World -- the most statistically likely dystopia will be the one Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-head/King of the Hill) depicted in his must-see movie, Idiocracy (2006). It's about how, by the 26th century, CONstantly pandering to the lowest common denominator has denigrated civilization to the point where sophistication is nonexistent, where every city looks like the junkyard from Fat Albert and where the Human race is on the verge of starvation because crops are given Gatorade instead of water.
Idiocracy's Rip Van Winkle-esque protagonist, U.S. Army Corporal Joe Bauers (played masterfully by Luke Wilson) awakens in this anti-intellectual apocalypse and the following quote from the movie's narrator says it all ...
"Unaware of what year it was, Joe wandered the streets desperate for help. But the English language had deteriorated into a hybrid of hillbilly, valleygirl, inner-city slang and various grunts. Joe was able to understand them, but when he spoke in an ordinary voice he sounded pompous and faggy to them."
... well, that's how yours truly sounds to all too many: "Pompous and faggy." Why do I say that? Glad you asked ...
Let's say I'm on Facebook or YouTube and some inbred retard (a libertarian, usually) claims that a society SUPPOSEDLY can't have both free speech and free health care without unraveling the very fabric of the space-time continuum. Since it's my sworn mission in life to combat ignorance, I leap into action and quote the likes of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders ...
"In terms of socialism, there is a lot to be learned from Scandinavia ... In countries like Finland, Norway, Denmark, poverty has almost been eliminated. All people have healthcare as a right of citizenship. College education is available to all people, regardless of income, virtually free ... They have a lot of political participation, high voter turnouts. There is a lot to be learned from countries that have created more egalitarian societies than has the United States of America."
--U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, from his interview with Democracy Now, November 8th, 2006
... NOT that I do this for thanks, but rather than gratitude, I'm told all too often to use "original thoughts" as opposed to "plagiarizing." I've even been accused of "hiding behind" these FACTS from EXPERTS! Ain't THAT a bitch?
If the ignoramuses I've had the misfortune of crossing paths with are jealous of my encyclopedic knowledge, they should just say so! Alas, I'm falsely accused of being as arrogant as Anakin Skywalker, which is another way of saying, you guessed it: "Pompous and faggy."
NOT that this lets white America off the hook one iota, but I'm ashamed to say Idiocracy isn't limited to hillbillies in trailer parks. The ghetto machismo of (wannabe) "gangstahs" -- in addition to the loud-ass misbehavior of "hoochies" -- is almost as bad. Be it Maury Povich, Jerry Springer, B.E.T. (Black Entertainment Television) or those shows with judges (The People's Court and so forth), there's clearly a conspiracy to vampirically suck the public's IQ.
The motive behind such a conspiracy can be found in a quote from Frederick the Great: "If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks." Well, aside from every military recruiter, the handful of corporations that owns the MASS media is definitely afraid of a thinking citizenry, which is the ONLY reason why a talentless hack like Britney Spears is more famous than an adventuress such as Erin Brockovich.
Who needs martial law declared; who needs some fancy Illuminati when you've got the "right" (note the quotes) not to care about that which is important? The Roman Empire created Bread and Circuses but the American Empire PERFECTED it.
Civil liberties, social programs, corporate regulation, environmental protection ... Every-single-thing that's taken for granted in our day and age is a direct result of how smart we are. Folks love to joke about how today's cell phones resemble the communicators from Star Trek, but it's sociological progress, NOT technological progress, that makes Gene Roddenberry's utopia what it is. For example: In an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, an eight year old boy is caught roaming the halls of The Enterprise during school hours -- when Commander Riker asked why was he cutting class, the kid expressed a deep-seated hatred of calculus ...
... and if children in the United Federation of Planets (which includes Earth) are being taught calculus at eight, you damn well better believe they're also being given copies of Professor Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States as well as the work of Professor Noam Chomsky. THAT accounts for why there's no poverty, bigotry or atrocity within the Federation -- NOT some gadget or gizmo. I may sound like an ABC Afterschool Special, but education IS the key.
Even George Lucas' Star Wars grasps this concept, which is why I'll end with the following:
"Jedi do not fight for peace. That's only a slogan and is as misleading as slogans always are. Jedi fight for civilization because only civilization creates peace."
--Mace Windu, from the novelization of Revenge of the Sith