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Wednesday letters: The dumbing down of America


Science is your friend. Until around 1990, you’d have had a hard time finding someone to argue against that premise.

Then certain politicians noticed that people who know less are reluctant to deal with ambiguity, more gullible, less critical of falsehood and responsive to ad hominem arguments. Thus began a remarkably successful effort to disqualify large numbers of citizens from the political process, while simultaneously leading them to believe they were in charge of it. This informal program would eventually be dubbed “The Dumbing Down of America.”

If you are a member of the tea party, ask yourself if Ted Cruz is being forthright when he speaks to your interests. Cruz ranks high among intellectuals in America. Yet he often speaks in ways that no self-respecting eighth grader would stoop to.

His efforts to act in ways that appeal to the cum laude graduates of the Dumbing Down of America program speak to his conviction that such people are more malleable. If he spoke to them in ways that revealed his intellectual bona fides, his biggest current fans would find him repellent.

If you loved your Dumbing Down of America upbringing and now, like numerous politicians, are a science denier, you must throw away your cell phone, never board another airplane, steer clear of modern medicine and by all means avoid computers. They are all products of that same group of people trying to warn you about climate change: scientists.

By turning a deaf ear to science and continuing to vote against your own self-interests, you have marked yourself as the targets of proud Harvardians like Louisiana’s Sen. David Vitter and Ted Cruz, both of whom majored in manipulation. But this is America. It’s your God-given right to oppose science, no matter how much that harms your country.

So the next time you hear a congressman say, “I’m not a scientist, but…”, add a “t” to the word “but” to determine where his next opinion is coming from.

Terry Munson

Pawleys Island