In 1995 Carl Sagan had a foreboding vision of America’s future.
have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time --
when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all
the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome
technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing
the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the
ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority;
when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our
critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good
and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and
The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance”
From “The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark”.
If there could be any doubt about who that description may fit, let’s look at an important measure.
Those in the throes of their "celebration of ignorance" are revealed by their vaccination rates.
A Kaiser Family Foundation poll in June shows vaccination rates of selected groups in the US.
Republicans 52 %
College Grads 79%
No four-year degree 59%
Clearly one of these groups should NOT be allowed the power to dictate any public policy, from voting rights to education to healthcare.
The fact they support Trump's Big Lie and deny his incitement of insurrection should be enough to tell us how ignorant (or outright evil) they really are.
Not only are they a public health menace, they are the greatest domestic threat to our Constitution and republic.
"Ignorance is strength". Orwell's Big Brother has given the former GOP, now the Party of Trump and Qanon, its new motto.