From Gump to Einstein: The Politics of Intelligence


Anyone who discusses the forbidden subject of politics as much as I do has had to notice. People, well they just aren’t that smart.
I have no affiliation with any party. I am not a part of any side. My stance has always been, left or right, show me the logic! Having said that, I am and will continue to be an advocate for education. Ignorance, whether it is nascent at birth, learned, willful, or incidental, is the single greatest threat to establishing order in this world of chaos. The most illustrious example of rampant ignorance can be found by studying the current political climate.
I realize greed has a lot to do with the disrespect and disregard that has come to plague our national discourse. It is a fact that dumber people are easier to control. I mean no offense to the less educated, but knowledge is power and that makes ignorant people weak, gullible, and easily led astray. Proof of that is people like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck having any fans at all and that more than 1% of this nation is voting for Mitt Romney. Anyone outside that scope is voting against their best interests, that they don’t know that points directly at a rampant problem with rabid ignorance.
But don’t take my word for it. My very good friend Nicholas Clark Moore, a brilliant political pundit has kindly shared his findings with me of a study he conducted that I shall now pass on to you regarding the correlation between blue and red, mortarboards and dunce caps.
Facts do not lie and these charts show an alarming trend of how the dearth of education in our nation is playing a distinct role in the electorate. I know. The undereducated do not like to be reminded of their lack of education. Their prideful ignorance causes them to attack education as an elitist pursuit. They don’t need none of your fancy booklearnin’, no how! I have been called horrific names, insulted six ways from Sunday, and all around denigrated for asking for clarification from those who espouse an unmitigated, unreasonable hatred and loathing for education, as to how they rectify that stance while voting for a man who graduated from an Ivy League school.
*Crickets

This is not an advertisement for Obama, nor Democrats, because frankly, I’ve been gravely disappointed in them almost as much as the GOP. Not withstanding the latter’s siege on my vagina. So, sometimes it is necessary to choose the lesser of two evils. And if that is my option, I will always err in support on the side of those who promote education, encourage my free will and reason to decide for myself how my life should be, and believe that if knowledge is power that ignorance is nothing more than self inflicted subjugation for those who are able to think.

Granted, I cannot prove that every adult has the capacity to think for themselves, and it is quite obvious by these charts, that statistics support that very notion of failing capabilities.

I am not saying that if you vote for one party over another that you are dumb, but I have no problem saying that if you choose ignorance over your best interests, you are officially an idiot.

Charts don’t lie, education leads to a broader more logical outlook in life. Without it, we are doomed to be a red dunce cap wearing nation.

See for yourself. Two charts comparing education levels and political leanings side by side:

Electoral Maps
Best Educated Index

For those of you who wish to skip the charts, the findings are as such; the higher rate of education per state almost perfectly coincides with their propensity to be liberally leaning. The lower the education rate, i.e. the more ignorant a population is, the states tend towards red. It doesn’t take a genius (or maybe it does) to figure out that with a greater knowledge and understanding of the world comes a greater desire and sense of global obligation to help others in need.  Small minds have small ideas. Education is the only thing that can make this country great again. It is overrun with hillbillies and idiots who buy every morsel of lies and manipulation their favorite celebrity pundit spoon feeds them. It is time to take a stand against this willful ignorance and force logic and reason back into the dialogue. For far too long these lies have gone unchecked. Charts don’t lie, but politicians sure do. Get your heads out people!

Special thanks to the bon vivant, Mr. Moore, for inspiring this post. Cheers! See y’all at the polls.

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About Janis Alanis

Thinker, BS detector, champion of Reason. Unafraid. Ticked off, and riled up. View all posts by Janis Alanis

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