The Significant Role That Stupidity Played in Republicans Winning Control of Congress

Stupid
Just in case any reader is unaware of what stupid means, it is a person that lacks intelligence and shows absolutely limited ability to learn and understand things; even when something is explained in the clearest sense, or they experience it firsthand. The results of the midterm elections, from Senate races to governorships, have revealed that Americans are, if nothing else, fundamentally stupid. The sad fact is that the stupidity that drove the results of the midterms is not reserved to the Republican base, or Democratic voters would not have stayed home in a repeat performance of the devastating 2010 midterms.

In a headline in a large regional newspaper in California, the Thursday morning front page headline read; “Voters more angry with Obama than afraid of the GOP.” That is right. All but the most loyal teabaggers, racists and religious conservatives completely understand that Republicans and their corporatist policies are something to fear, and yet voters’ anger at the President for NOT delivering on his agenda drove them to Republicans.

It is not that the majority of voters approve or agree with many Republican policies, they are just angry at President Obama for not raising the minimum wage, enacting immigration reform, forcing manufacturers to relocate back to America, or anything he called on Congress to address in his last four State of the Union speeches. The results of over a hundred state ballot initiatives, measures, and constitutional amendments revealed that even in deep red Republican states, voters are more in line with the President’s policies and agenda than they are anything Republicans propose; whether in private or publicly. So who is angry with the President? Stupid people are, and they are more likely Democrats than dyed-in-the-wool Republicans.

There is no doubt the midterm elections were greatly influenced by big money, Republican shills in corporate media, and dazed and confused Democrats pandering to Republican voters, but at the end of the day it is the voters who walked into voting booths and dutifully ticked the boxes next to Republican candidate’s names. Except, that is, for some Democratic voters. They either stayed home in protest that the President’s successful achievements did not go far enough, or unbelievably voted for Republicans. Their rationale was based on a fantastical hope that if Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress, they would have a change of heart after nearly six years of sheer obstructionism and work with the President’s agenda. It is so incredibly illogical and defiant of any reason, but that is what Republicans convinced them to believe. Say what you will about vile Republicans, but by dog they understand the stupidity rampant among the voting public; both Republicans and  Democrats.

What is stunning beyond comprehension, is that Democratic apathy was part and parcel of why Republicans took control of the House after the 2010 midterms. One often marvels at the gross lack of awareness permeating conservative voters’ minds, and how on Earth they support Republican policies they know are a detriment to their best interests. But there is no reasonable excuse for any Democrat to have witnessed, firsthand no less, the devastation Republicans wrought on the nation after the 2010 midterms and then sit out another midterm just four years later.

Over the course of about a month leading up to the midterms, while encouraging Democratic voters not to repeat their 2010 performance and be sure to vote, one was flabbergasted at the outrage aimed at the President. Not because of his agenda and policies, but for not “forcing Republicans in the House and Senate to go along with his agenda.” At least half of the Democrats complained that despite calling for a minimum wage hike, immigration reform, gun control, and action on climate change, nothing had been accomplished.

Now it is true that over 47% of Americans could not name the three branches of government if their life depended on it, slightly more even know there are three branches, but one expects that Democratic voters would be slightly more informed than racist religious-right teabaggers. That is clearly not the case and it is a damning indictment, and pathetic commentary, on the voters who sat out another midterm and handed Congress over to  Republicans. Republicans understand that when the population is struggling, wants better wages, gun control, better access to healthcare, clean water, and American jobs brought back home, they blame whoever is sitting in the Oval Office and it likely drove their obstructionism. But they are only able to succeed because the majority of voters are so ill-informed about how government works, they blame the President for Republican malfeasance and obstruction. That explains exactly why voters that support the President’s policies are angry that he is not giving them what they want; something Democratic voters bemoaned he perpetually calls for in his speeches but just will not deliver.

For example, one “citizen” in particular who boasted that they voted for the President in 2008 and 2012 complained that “Obama just won’t raise the minimum wage, make corporations pay their fair share, or stop the obvious racism ruining America.” When the voter was asked if they understood it was Congress that passes laws, and that Republicans were obstructing the President’s agenda, they went ballistic and said “if he was a good President, he would force them to pass laws.” The voter’s solution was voting for Republicans because they promised “that if they controlled Congress, they would force Obama to do what’s right for the people.” These are the morons President Obama claimed in a letter to supporters were “practicing good citizenship” because they went to the polls. Voting based on sheer ignorance does not make one a good citizen any more than sitting home in protest does.

One understands, in the perverse country that is America, why racists and religious fanatics dependably vote for Republicans and against their best interests. They know their lot in life is down to Republican policies, but they are fools clinging to guns, god, and dreams of an all-white America. Why else would a destructive “social conservative” like Sam Brownback, corrupt Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Rick Scott of Florida, win re-election despite the disastrous consequences their policies produce? In part it is religion, guns, and racist tendencies, but it is likely as much down to low-information voters and their masochism to opt for four more years of devastation. However, there is no excuse for Democratic voters to either sit home in anger at the President, or worse, actually vote for Republicans based on an insane belief that handing them control of both Houses of Congress they would work with the President and raise the minimum wage, pass immigration reform, or start repairing the crumbling roads and bridges.

America may have been exceptional at one time, but those days are long gone and whether Americans want to admit it or not, they are not coming back in their lifetimes. At least not as long as this nation’s population is steeped in ignorance about their own government, or worse, stupid enough to believe a President has a magic wand he can wave at will and produce everything he calls on Congress to enact.

The results of the midterms were disgusting and a reason to wallow in despair, but not for the voter suppression, Koch money, Republican-controlled media, or lame-brained Democrats running from the President. But because apathetic Democratic voters are just as stupid as their teabagger, racist, religious right cohorts if for no other reason than they repeated the same stupid mistake they made in 2010 and once again the entire population is going to pay.

54 Replies to “The Significant Role That Stupidity Played in Republicans Winning Control of Congress”

  1. All said, I think that a big reason for the Republican win (it was not a landslide) is in the voters affluence. The issue on registrations of poor people may that did not have the credentials to vote may have had a great importance: the poor did not go to vote or were not allowed to vote. But now the Republicans cannot filibuster for long in Congress. As the President said, they have to get down to business. The Republicans cannot menace a new government shut down. The government must go on governing.

  2. Excellent post Rmuse. You hit the nail on the head. It`s to bad the rest who are not so stupid get caught in the cross fire. I for one am tired of paying the price of other peoples stupidity!!

  3. Happy Future, while I agree with most of your post, I disagree that the GOP now has to get to work.

    They don’t have to do anything they don’t want to do, period. They shut down the government before, they have obstructed for 6 years, they have wasted countless dollars of taxpayer money on “stupid” things like voting to repeal ACA 50+ times, why would anyone think they have to produce anything constructive? They were rewarded for their destruction, plain and simple.

    I do agree most Americans are stupid. President Obama cannot accomplish some things on his own, he needs Congress, and that is what people do not realize.

  4. I really think that our education system needs to spend more time on how OUR government works. It should be in-depth, and testing should be done just on that topic alone, and requirements should be made for passing that test. Educators should be required to hammer away on how every aspect of our government works. We have to educate the future and it is not being done to the degree that is needed.

    Otherwise, dumb is breeding dumber.

  5. Agreed. It’s the only explanation. Stupid people voting for the stupid people running the Stupidcracy. All of them, too stupid to believe in science, yet, smart enough to be so easily corrupted while never considering who’s doing the correpting.

    It all trickles down from there.

  6. Few understand the depth of the republican machines attack on Obama. It entered every phase of life. Religion,social activities, work. They knew they could never win without a machine to destroy Obama.

    Like the man in the article, my neighbor blames everything on Obama, and will for the next few years. He has no concept of what the republican party is doing. He wouldn’t care if his whole family was on the ACA, it just wouldn’t matter. Its Obama Obama Obama.

  7. I used to have faith in the better angels of our nature, that facts mattered and once Republicans took office and the economy tanked we/they would know.

    Wrong. See 2008 economic crash.

    I also didn’t foresee that once I became 50 ish, my energy levels and health would change but when they happened, I was then cut off from health insurance and laid off.

    Being outspoken about health care and the environment, I didn’t realize it would hamper job prospects cause even liberal employers don’t want controversy in the workplace.

    What I’m saying is they have us right where they want us. Young and productive? Here’s a cookie. Old, wise and suspicious? Go away, I have a family to raise so don’t rock the boat.

    Even when in mass, the media ignores progressive protests. So, there seems to be no way to win.

    And we jail more men, mass extinction continues and what gets done is reversed by Republicans.

    The stupid referred to are the Stockholm Syndrome generation.

    To…

  8. It’s depressing and hard to believe that dems are so stupid they’d vote for repugs, I just cannot grasp that they voted that way. Why?

  9. The American citizen
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    But did you get your new Iphone and did you see Survivor? “I don’t know they didn’t kick so and so off the Island” “I know but I have to make it home for Scandal”

    BTW did you vote? What are you crazy? Who got time to stand in line and plus they all the same.

  10. Looking at the republicans that were elected I cannot imagine people like Grimm
    who is facing 20 charges of tax evasion, racketeering and fraud – was elected.
    How about Purdue who openly boasted about how many factories he had closed down and the thousands of jobs he outsourced and how good it was for him financially – americans voted him in.
    I’m sorry, we have a lot of stupid folks in this country.

  11. Many may have been angry at the President not doing enough for the people. Obama has accomplished so many things Republicans would have not even tried to do: do away with Bin Laden, get Turkey and Israel resume diplomatic dialogue. He got the economy moving and lowered significantly unemployment. The only nation that has the economy moving in the west; Europe is lagging behind. Republicans cannot destroy what Obama has achieved. It would destroy their own very suvival. What the President must do is be firm on his policies.

  12. 1) Oh yes it *was* a landslide — although Obama is content to call it a “good night for Republicans” there is naught else to call it but a landslide, earthquake, GOP wave, etc.

    2) If the GOP constituency is “stupid” then, boy, we’re in trouble, because Republicans are the party of reason. Democrats are the party of, vote for us because you are black, because you are hispanic, because you are a woman, because you’re in a union, or because you’re gay — in other words, there is Republican reason and Democratic DNA. Republicans talk about issues; Democrats have to use ABC (abortion, bribery, and corruption) in order to get elected.

    For what it’s worth… good luck, GOP, you’re going to need it.

  13. LOL, great cliches

    You will see your reason coming very soon. We hope you can man up0 to the fact you are wrong about everything

  14. Bread and circuses, my friend. Only now it is gadgets and scandal since we can’t have lions eating people anymore (bummer that).

  15. GOP won by default. Dems did not get out the vote, and there was massive voter suppression, gerrymandering. There was no landslide for GOP, no wave.

  16. Mississippi is, as usual, the poster child for ignorance, racism, and stupidity:

    http://kaiserhealthnews.org/news/how-obamacare-went-south-in-mississippi/

    Optimism trades on innocence, a sense that anything is possible; here in Mississippi, where poverty and sickness seem affixed to the landscape … the long odds are well-known. Mitchell wondered aloud whether he and others could press ahead with little money in a state feverish with anti-Obamacare hatred.

    “Can we continue to do this?” Mitchell asked rhetorically. “No.”

  17. I think sheer ignorance is a major factor. Stupidity cannot be fixed, but ignorance can be. Civics classes in both elementary and high school should be mandatory. Schools should be producing well-informed (about their government) individuals, because the “news” media surely do not.

  18. The GOP has nothing to offer, except their souls to the highest bidder, which is what they did.

  19. Agreed. President Obama has had a successful Presidency. He has had many accomplishments, in spite of the obstruction. He also cleaned up the mess left to him by the GOP in 2008.

    President Obama, I believe, will go down in history as one of our greatest presidents.

  20. Agree completely. Also, when the members of our own Democratic Party openly shun its leader and our president, we don’t deserve better… that is not only stupid, but disloyal and hateful. The Republicans have tried very hard to find “dirt” on President Obama, such as personal indiscretions, financial missteps, not to mention the “birther” debacle that they obsessed over throughout his first term… they have failed. All they can do is try to crush him for conscientiously doing his job with no help from anyone, not even the members of his own party. It’s revolting, and (yes) stupid!!! [WINK]

  21. Diane, I agree. It just breaks my heart that his own distanced themselves, after all he has gone through and fought his way through to accomplish what he has FOR US.

  22. Instead of focusing on what we AGAINST we should focus on what we are for.

    For example:

    1. raising the minimum not ABOLISHING IT as some in the GOP want to do

    2. Fair pay, equal pay for equal work

    3. Health care. People like McConnell said he favored the State Insurance exchange in KY but he wants to REPEAL the ACA? One goes with the other.

    4. WE (CONSUMERS) are the REAL JOB CREATORS. We create jobs when we BUY STUFF. So if you buy Chinese Stuff you CREATE Chinese jobs…ok some at Wal-Mart too.

    5. Hold companies like the Big Banks, Companies with defective products accountable. Make them actually pay a price for failure.

    6. If companies want to outsource…LET THEM. But slap on a VAT tax on the crap they import back to us. Making shoes in China…you increased the shoes’ value by importing them back to us by a $100 then tax the $100!

    We have to champion a POPULIST message, we can attack too, we just have to propose and fight for things lik…

  23. “However, there is no excuse for Democratic voters to…vote for Republicans based on an insane belief that handing them control of both Houses of Congress they would…start repairing the crumbling roads and bridges.”

    Of course, as dumb as they are, they might think that the roads and bridges were actually all fixed during the first ‘stimulus’ program when all they ended up doing was buying all the swell orange signs.

  24. Hey dumbass. Try lookin up the BLS jobs growth charts. Hell, even Carter created over 10 million jobs in just 4 years. Reagan 8 years and Dubya 8 years didn’t achieve that together.

  25. What do you expect when 24/7 our media is like the Nazi Propaganda Ministry. People are artificially dumbed down. How can voters know what the issues are when they are externally bombarded with fear.
    It may be time for some sort of mandatory voting system in this country.

  26. American post-imperial blues. The last gasp of 400 years of European dominance. It is the End of the white mans world.

    They’ve made their own prophesies come true. The end of THEIR world IS here. Humanity has moved on, and they are lashing out in their death throes. Like the Mayans! A culture’s last attempts to maintain dominance can be charted by how many humans they are willing to sacrifice to stay frozen in time?

  27. Yep Exactly. The more superficial and mindless “things” are, the more attention they get from Americans. The latest this and that, reality TV, etc. THAT..people can tell you what is going on. Our government and political environment, not so much.

    People are really going to be hurting when they see what their stupidity has cost the country. You think it was bad before in 2008? “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” These dopes will finish us off, and then down the road it will take a DEM to fix it once again.

  28. “Wow, talk about projection”

    That’s so cliche. Be original for once.

    GOP won by default…lol!

  29. It’s because they’re brainwashed by FoxNews and have blinded by seething hate for our first black President.In Tennessee Rep Scott DesJarlais won… this perv, a doctor, had multiple affairs with his patients,impregnated his wife and one of his patient, than tried to force them to get abortions. Yet, Tennessean inbreeds voted him in office.

  30. I voted for O twice, and while there are more positives on his ledger, there are some enormous negatives that will keep him from being considered a ‘great’ president. One, his failure to prosecute the top execs from the big banks. These guys (Dimon, Blankenfine et al) are recidivist criminals who played fast and loose, crashed the economy, and then negotiated sweet deals with DOJ when they got caught. They WILL do it again. If you were a burglar who only had to give back 10% of what you stole, and never went to jail, would you stop? Hell no. You’d hire a bigger crew and keep at it. This falls at Obama’s feet, Holder reports to him. And two, his perpetuation and expansion of the Patriot Act. The 4th Amendment has effectively been redacted from the Constitution, and that’s scary. There is a direct link between 9/11 and the militarization of police forces, and it’s only gotten worse because of Obama’s choice to ignore the deleterious effects of an overreaching intelligence communit…

  31. “Republicans talk about issues.” LOLOL! The ONLY issue they talk about is “it’s Obama’s fault!” The ONLY policy they have is to protect the already wealthy.
    Prove me wrong.
    You can’t.
    Probably the stupidest and most delusional comment here.

  32. My question is how DO we educate the masses when, it seems to me, every Media Outlet (with the exception of print), leans Republican. The MSM spends more than half it’s time slamming President Obama, without explaining why he can’t accomplish the things he wants to accomplish for ‘we the people’. It seems if the Dems can’t come up with away to educate the young and uninformed, things will remain as they are ~ a very uninformed public.Eventually, the education system isn’t teaching even basic civics any longer or 47% would know how government works. Anyone have an answer?

  33. President Obama has had little to do with the economy over his last 6 years. The FED has created over a 4 trillion dollar balance sheet buying bad debt with Quantitative Easing. The FED has continued its zero percent interest rates which directly benefit Wall Street. Money velocity has taken a nose dive since President Obama was first elected and is at a 60 year low. It really isn’t Obama’s fault though. The POTUS is just a ceremonial position.

  34. the exact same thing happened in 2006, except it was the democrats who swept the midterms. this is common in american politics. nothing new here.
    republicans are by, of, and for the wealthiest, of corporate america. they don’t give a rats ass about working people.
    and what is it with the preoccupation of abortion with right-wingers? do they think right-wing women don’t have abortions?
    and yeah, democrats do stand with the poor, with the working class, with gay’s and lesbians, with latinos and blacks. with hard workers and their unions.you know, americans.

  35. Can’t expect much different in a land of instant gratification that soaks up “reality TV”.
    I actually encountered someone who blamed Obama for “not fixing Ferguson and police militarization”.
    #reasonsfornotvoting

  36. Thought the same Demo. Have many times wished I had the bills(dollar) to establish a full schlorship for any student who wished to learn how our Government works. One where the standard would be a B or above average or the money stops. We need young people involved in Politics. Those who care, not people like Cruz,or those rethugs who are only thinking of how much money they can make in politics. we need smart women, not like those the rethugs put out there. Need I name them?

  37. Well zzelda, Are you asking about educating our youth or indoctrinating them? The overwhelming majority of our educators and school administrators are democrats with progressive agendas. Outside of Fox there really aren’t any media outlets that are both conservative and main stream. It’s hilarious to see you characterize the public as misinformed. I’d be willing to bet you were singing a different song 6 years ago.

  38. So teaching how to think and the Constitution are indoctrination? You just proved the authors point.
    How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.

    Adolf Hitler

  39. I am astounded at the ignorance of the American people and what the POTUS’ powers are according to our Constitution.

    Unlike bush2 President Obama is well aware that he can’t just write a bill and make it a law, he can a bill written by the legislative branch into law, or veto it. Anyone who has had Civics in high school would know this, but apparently they don’t teach Civics anymore or the gop wouldn’t have won any elections after Nixon resigned.

    We need to have Civics brought back as a mandatory subject in our schools. Perhaps as two or more subjects as from what I’ve seen our citizens are the most ignorant about their government than any other citizens in this world.

    This is a disgrace.

  40. They’ve already preempted that notion by coming out to the (complicit) media the day after the elections with a huge banner behind them stating their goal:

    “Stop Obama and Fire Harry Reid”.

    Republicans have zero intention of governing. So don’t be surprised when they have another temper tantrum and shut down the government in order to force President Obama’s hand to do as they want.

    These Koch-bought-and-paid-for Republicans have NO scruples, NO desire to govern, NO intention of working with Democrats to improve the lives of the American people.

    They will NOT change their M.O of the last six years because, well, it won them a majority in the Senate, gained them State legislatures, House seats, and governorships, didn’t it?

    So why again should they change their modus operandi of the past six years when doing nothing was rewarded with more power?

    Anyone who believes they’ll change is only fooling themselves.

  41. Yep. Because for people like your neighbor, politics is as shallow as the color of the President’s skin, and that’s all that it’s about for them: a black man in the White House who isn’t serving White men. A carnal sin for the devotees of the KKK and other assorted racist hate groups in America.

  42. Reich Minister of Propaganda, Goebbels could have only DREAMED of having such a sophisticated propaganda machine like the U.S. M$M of today.

    The complicit corporate sell-outs posing as journalists study to learn the right buzzwords to “report” on something or someone negatively but in a covert way so as to maintain the noble label of being our (dead and buried) Fourth Estate.

    The Americans have perfected psychological warfare and propaganda to the nth degree, and use these both in their goal to brainwash the unsuspecting American populace. They are inundated on a daily basis with subliminal messages that favor corporations over people exclusively.

    Just consider…what sane person not inundated with propaganda would think that universal health care is bad? Unsurprisingly, a majority of Americans do, hence the low approval for the PPACA. Unbelievable.

  43. I’m disgusted as well, but I’m not surprised at the level of pure stupidity of the American people.

    Thoroughly brainwashed people tend to do incredibly destructive and stupid things, and thanks to President Raygun loosening ownership rules and Duhbya Bush who put the final nail in the coffin of our once esteemed watchdog 4th Estate to be replaced by corporate media hiding like wolves in sheep’s clothing under the noble mantle of said 4th Estate, the dumbing down of America is complete – and as proof I submit to you the results of last election.

    They rewarded lazy, do-nothing, pontificating, hateful, government-destroying, economy-killing, racist, overpaid and underworked Republican politicians with even more power.

    Remember this?

  44. The stupidity of non-wealthy people who vote for Republicans, especially when they benefit from the very things Republicans want to dismantle, is self-explanatory. The stupidity of Democrats who didn’t vote at all when they didn’t suffer voter suppression, didn’t vote out of pique that things are not exactly what they’d like, or voted Republican is another matter. The folks who blame the president, regardless of party, apparently overlook the fact that the people they elect on the local, county, and state levels have a much more immediate and direct on the quality of their daily lives. It’s long past time to deep-six the notion that a president is an all-powerful Superman or Superwoman who doesn’t act in conjunction with the other 2 branches of federal government or in concert with local, state, and county politicians whose own policies implement his agenda or thwart it. I am no longer amused at the antics of fools like Sarah Palin, because she embodies a dangerous and toxic…

  45. Kansas for example: The vast majority of its citizens want for Kansas to raise the minimum wage. But what did the stupids do? They voted in favor of the politicians who dis-favor raising the minimum wage in Kansas. Now ain’t that stupid!
    Kansas voters: I WANT THE MINIMUM WAGES RAISED. Kansas Politicians: NO WAY. GO AWAY, WE AIN’T RAISING NO MINIMUM WAGES FOR YOU BUMS. Kansas voters: Oh, okay…….I’ll vote for you anyway. Thanks.

  46. “Republican reason”? Oh, right, CO2 is a trace gas and can’t possibly help make the earth warmer; only the sun can affect climate on earth. People who have been in a West African country can spontaneously explode spewing Ebola virus across the U.S. Guns don’t kill people, Ebola does. The middle class became vastly richer from 1980 to 1992 because of all the money trickling down from the rich.

    Is that the “reason” you’re talking about?

  47. Are you referring to the middle class that has shrunk every year since the great traitor reagan was in office?

    Yes millions in America are dying from ebola, only 30,000 from guns. Not tom mention the 74,000 that go to the hospital every year from gunshot wounds.

    “CO2 is a trace gas and can’t possibly help make the earth warmer” LOL!

    Move along if you are going to be stupid

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