| Forward Progressives | December 24, 2015
Over two years ago, I wrote an article titled “We’re No Longer A Democracy, We’re An Idiocracy.” That story was penned in the face of a government shutdown, engineered by current presidential candidate Ted Cruz. The federal government shut down on October 1st, and it lasted about two weeks.
After that fiasco, American voters should have learned that the GOP was playing political games, but they turned around and gave Republicans a majority in the United States Senate. This put climate change denier Ted Cruz in charge of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness.
That is a prime example of lawmakers being in positions of authority over subjects they have no clue about, or utterly deny for personal and political gain. Take for example the case of the Arizona lawmaker who believes our world is only 6,000 years old, and she also believes in wacky conspiracy stories like the ones promoted by the likes of Alex Jones or David Icke.
Donald Trump’s popularity in the Republican polls isn’t a fluke, it is the culmination of years of liberal apathy when it comes to voting, and the dumbing down of America through an educational system that doesn’t emphasize critical thinking. The easy access to social media via smartphones and the easy dissemination of misinformation by anyone who can create a blog or make a post claiming that President Obama is a Muslim has further exacerbated this problem.