Tonight, we have a treat. The Republican Presidential candidates will vie for the support of America's Stupidest Voters - the Tea Party party movement.
This is not name-calling. This is reporting a verifiable fact.
A recent Yale-George-Mason poll shows that 66% of the Tea Party members deny the truth of global warming and evolution.
Really, on average, these people excel in stupidity. Interestingly, they also exhibit one of the primary characteristics of idiots - an inflated sense of their own intellectual superiority.
Tea Party members are much more likely [than Democrats, Republicans generally, and Independents] to say that they are “very well informed” about global warming than the other groups. Likewise, they are also much more likely to say they "do not need any more information” about global warming to make up their mind.
Golly, mister, I already knows everything there is to know. Why on God's green earth would I want to waste time learnin' stuff?
Questions about evolution are not policy questions. There is no "liberal" or "conservative" position on global warming or evolution, any more than there is a "liberal" or "conservative" position on the effects of feeding ground glass to a child of firing a bullet through a person's heart.
I think it is time to revive an idea that came out in the last Presidential election.
It is time for a science and technology debate.
If we can have a debate that panders to the egos America's Most Stupid, then I think there is room on the debate schedule for the candidates to field questions in the area of science and technology.
It will be a debate about medicine - such as preparing and handling a potential pandemic.
It will be a debate about natural disasters - such as a potential tsunammi, earthquake, ot hurricane.
It will be a debate about energy - energy technology, alternative sources of energy, and the technology of conservation.
It will be a debate about transportation - various ways of getting people and things from one place to another.
It will be a debate about the environment - what might be killing us and how do we avoid them?
It will be a debate about the communication infrastructure, computers, and the internet.
It will be a debate about terror - weapons of mass destruction and how to prevent their use.
It will be a debate about education. How do reduce the nation's obvious surplus of idiots?
There's plenty to be discussed in such a debate.
So why is it that we have no debate on science and technology, but only a debate where candidates grovel for the favor of American Most Stupid?