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Late Night: Welcome to the Age of Ignoramus.

Been around the world and found
that only stupid people are breeding
the cretins cloning and feeding
and i don’t even own a tv.

– "Flagpole Sitta" 

The current health care reform "debate", such as it is, has certainly shone a halogen light on America’s dirty little not-so-secret that we are a society dominated by illiterate, hate-filled, loudmouthed cretins. How else do you explain this statistic

Public Policy Polling also asked those surveyed whether they consider Hawaii to be part of the U.S. Five percent said no, and 3 percent said they were not sure.

Call me a pro-education elitist, but if 8% of a polled sample don’t know that Hawaii is a state and has been one for the past fifty years, then yes, Houston, we are going to have a big problem trying to discuss something considerably more complex than the dinner menu at Arby’s. I understand that for these sorts, thinking hurts their delicate gray matter, but it’s not half as painful as having to watch loons in tricorn hats struggling to make a connection between Nazis and single payer health care.

I certainly appreciate the dilemma. Critical thought and logic skills aren’t common traits amongst the teabaggerati, so really, how can they be expected to see through the blatant fearmongering and projection that the Becks, Palins, Limbaughs and other loudmouthed liars are feeding them?

[Rep. Broun] also spoke of a “socialistic elite” – Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid – who might use a pandemic disease or natural disaster as an excuse to declare martial law.

“They’re trying to develop an environment where they can take over,” he said. “We’ve seen that historically.” 

(Somewhere in a musty dungeon near Chesapeake Bay, Dick Cheney just wet himself with delight.) 

Honestly, I fear for this country’s sanity. All this madness because we finally got around to electing a black man President

On the outside, opponents of the legislation outnumbered supporters by about a 10-1 ratio. “Obama energized the youth just like Hitler did,” said Barbara Kelly, a substance abuse counselor from Hagerstown. “He’s given the country away to the elitist Obama supporters. They don’t have to answer to anyone!” 

For the uninitiated, this is wingnut code. What our substance abuse counselor (egads!) really means is, "No uppity, Harvard-educated Negro or any other black person is going to tell me what to do, even if it winds up improving my life quality of life." Sadly, this is the crux of the matter. All this town hall hullabaloo isn’t about government intervention, or socialism, or "death panels," or pushing your grandmother and her moth-eaten cardigan into a mass grave filled with geriatrics. Obama’s skin color is what is generating all the hysteria and vitriol behind the teabaggers, the birthers and the anti-immigration crazies. The health care reform debate is nothing more than today’s white sheet and hood writ large.

Just ask Georgia Representative David Scott.

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