Friday, July 15, 2005

People are stupid

Yesterday, I listened to the end of the Sean Hannity show on the way home from work. And no, my point is not that people would have to be pretty stupid to actually believe anything this guy says, although that is true as well. But he was doing these random Man on the Street interviews where he asked the following questions:

Who is the Vice President of the US?
Who is Condoleeza Rice?
Who is Karl Rove?
How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
Can you name any of them?

Now, almost everyone got Dick Cheney, and people seemed to have a vague idea of who Rice was, but no one knew who Karl Rove is (do people just not watch the news at all?) although several claimed they had heard of him, but just couldn't place exactly what he did (uh-huh), not a single one of the people knew how many justices are on the Supreme Court, and only one guy was able to name more than one of them.

Now, I don't expect people to keep up with the news as much as I do, and I understand a lot of people aren't interested, but I thought the number of justices on the Supreme Court would be something everyone should know, since it isn't something that changes, and they should have learned it in school. And how can you not even know a couple of Justices when they've been in the news so much recently? Very sad.

I was especially annoyed by the guy who claimed to be a big Republican and Bush supporter, but couldn't get any of the questions. What the hell does he base his support on, exactly? Since he doesn't seem to know what's going on in the world.

Anyway, people are stupid. Which doesn't surprise me, but it is depressing.

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Shakespeare's Sister said...

That is seriously scary.

Why was Hannity doing that, anyway? Just to make sure his audience was still as dumb as they need to be to tolerate him?

John Howard said...

I think it's something he does regularly, at least that's the way it sounded.

Chris Howard said...

I'm sure that somehow it's all our fault.

John Howard said...

Yeah, definitely.

Me4Prez said...

We could use this to our advantage. If we can convince stupid people that there are only 7 justices and that 5 of them are already conservative, maybe they will help us get a couple more liberal people.

John Howard said...

That won't work Me4, because the other side will be telling them that there are 100 of them and 99 are liberal extremists and the other one is an independent. And they'll be saying it much louder. Plus they're better at the lying.

D. said...

the guy who claimed to be a big Republican and Bush supporter, but couldn't get any of the questions. What the hell does he base his support on, exactly?

I think you hit the proverbial nail on the head. Most of the "Red State" voters, who love to rail on about "evil" liberals, don't even know what the hell they're talking about. They hollar all about being patriotic, yet can't be bothered to find out about their own damn government. That's just pathetic. They just shuffle into the voting booth and push "R" like good little sheep.

I'm glad it's Friday. I need a drink.

John Howard said...

Well, to be fair D, I'm sure there are plenty of those on our side as well, but it still sucks.

Robert Bayn said...

VP is easy you can't go wrong with Saying "Dick" even if you don't know.