Founded By Geniuses And Run By Idiots

Tyler Durden's picture

Originally posted at Monty Pelerin's World blog,

H. L. Mencken correctly observed:

Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.

Mencken also was prescient:

As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

But this is not about Mr. Mencken. Rather it is about some unknown individual who committed the following to the email world:

Food for thought…
  • If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without  a license, but not for being in the country illegally … you might live in a  country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If you have to get your  parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not  to get an abortion … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run  by idiots.
  • If the only school curriculum allowed to explain how we got  here is evolution, but the government stops a $15 million construction project  to keep a rare spider from evolving to extinction … you might live in a  country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If you have to show  identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a  library book, but not to vote who runs the government … you might live in a  country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If the government wants to  ban stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines with more than ten  rounds, but gives 20 F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt … you  might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If, in the  largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not a 24-ounce soda because  24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat … you might live in a country  founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If an 80-year-old woman can be  stripped searched by the TSA but a woman in a hijab is only subject to having  her neck and head searched … you might live in a country founded by geniuses  but run by idiots.
  • If your government believes that the best way to  eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more … you might  live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If a seven year  old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher “cute,” but hosting a  sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable  … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If  children are forcibly removed from parents who discipline them with spankings  while children of addicts are left in filth and drug infested “homes”… you  might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If hard  work and success are met with higher taxes and more government intrusion, while  not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, subsidized  housing, and free cell phones … you might live in a country founded by  geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If the government’s plan for getting people  back to work is to incentivize NOT working with 99 weeks of Unemployment checks  and no requirement to prove they applied but can’t find work … you might live  in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If you pay your  mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big screen TV while your  neighbor buys iPhones, TV’s and new cars, and the government forgives his debt  when he defaults on his mortgage … you might live in a country founded by  geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If being stripped of the  ability to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government …  you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.


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docmac324's picture

Yee Haw.  The idiots understand that..

ZerOhead's picture

Actually... true geniuses would never have created a oountry that could be bought and sold and run by idiots but I like your sentiments all the same...

Raymond K Hessel's picture

How do we correct humanity's worst invention?  

ACP's picture

Yeah, they did forget the 11th Amendment, which should have read: "No one shall be entitled to more gubmint cheese than anyone else."

But now we know.

(welfare prevention amendment)

TruthInSunshine's picture

 "Actually... true geniuses would never have created a oountry that could be bought and sold and run by idiots..."

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."

-Alexis de Tocqueville

newengland's picture

Excellent riposte.

End the Fed.

disabledvet's picture

the definition of the Fed and Wall Street: "created by idiots, run by genius's." which would you rather have? the fact that "everyone wants to get rich and has to have money" says to me "i'd rather have something at least designed by a genius." anywho "what a beautiful madness we have wrougt." all in a time of plenty no less. doesn't having a Fed Chairman tell the Federal Government and the American people "they should spend more" just sum the whole thing up? i love the headline i'll never read: "genius world renowned economist says the solution is to spend more." wow...some deep thinking that is. "comes with a Nobel Prize included!" wow. "hey! dipshit! when you spend ONE TRILLION DOLLARS (after borrowing it of course) WHERE DOES IT GO?" (and no the correct answer is not "on lower interest rates" or "zero growth in the economy.")

strannick's picture

Oh my gosh. I live in a country founded by geniuses but run by ...

Crash Overide's picture

You take my EBT card and I will cut you so bad you will wish I didn't cut you so bad.

rwe2late's picture


truth is, that is an untrue quote of Alexis de Tocqueville.

If you can cite a source from his actual writings, please do.


Ghordius's picture

it's nevertheless a good one and correctly describes a lot of history

Zap Powerz's picture


Mother Nature is going to straighten this shit right the fuck out.  Bet on it.

espirit's picture

Fukushima will help Mother Nature.

Race Car Driver's picture

We can start by using proper words and definitions - like Treason, Traitor, Usurper, Psychopath and Sociopath.

Using words like 'Idiots' to describe what has happened to our government over the last century is to liken it to a cartoon and make it sound cute, like it was Gilligan or the Three Stooges running things ... but it's become far more insidious - and far more dangerous - than that.


Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Exactly.  A family member of mine got upset because I described Wall St CEOs and politicians as psychopaths, saying they don't have a conscience, they don't have morals, but they can fake it decently enough.  She thought it bordered on defamation.  I said the evidence more than backs it up, if you look at these people's callousness re: human life.  We are talking about people that make laws strictly to cut out the competition (e.g. the drug trade).  That finance both sides of a war.  That will steal from old folks (ZIRP).  They will lie with a straight face.

Thats psychopathic behavior, well-adjusted to modern society as it may be.

TruthInSunshine's picture
I Am Fishead


Master–slave morality is a central theme of Nietzsche's works. Nietzsche argued that there were two fundamental types of morality: 'Master morality' and 'slave morality'. Master morality weighs actions on a scale of good or bad consequences unlike slave morality which weighs actions on a scale of good or evil intentions. What he meant by 'morality' deviates from common understanding of this term. For Nietzsche, a particular morality is inseparable from the formation of a particular culture. This means that its language, codes and practices, narratives, and institutions are informed by the struggle between these two types of moral valuation. Master–slave morality provides the basis of all exegesis of Western thought. While slave morality values things like kindness, humility and sympathy, master morality values pride, strength, and nobility.


blu's picture

Notice that the two are not incompatible, nor is either absolutely correct or incorrect. The problems arise when enough from either class start to act outside the direction of their innate moral compass. We should all be able to get along regardless, but we don't, because there is no personal profit in doing so.

Cardinal Fang's picture

Yeah but, wasn't Nietzsche a psychopath?

Moe Howard's picture

Yes, he was a wack job, but let's keep that on the QT.


Diogenes's picture

More or less. Opinion differs as to whether his breakdown and confinement in a mental institution was due to manic depression, tertiary syphilis or some other condition.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Many of the great thinkers and agitators (who may or may not have been correct in much of what they claimed or believed, but who spawned revolutions in thought, doctrine & innovation), were drinkers, fighters & just plain all-coked-up.

The Alarmist's picture

Psychopath might be too generous for these creeps because it implies there is an element of their actions that is not fully within their control.  The terms we should be using to describe TPTB would be terrorist, criminal, and kleptocrat.


Ignatius's picture

They are not idiots, they just sound like idiots trying to justify their theft in the softest light.

Policies are working exactly as feathers their beds.

Psychopathic traitors, absolutely.

The old complaint "oh, that's stupid" may make one feel superior, but it does not accomplish anything... which is fine by them as long as the money and perks go into their pockets.

DaveyJones's picture

I remember a long time ago in a criminal case, one of the last lines defense counsel argued in closing was that his client could not have possibly said that to the witness because only an idiot would say that. I stood up and said, that's the funny thing, the really smart criminals, you rarely see them in here.   

Cabreado's picture

Not arguing, but there is not much sense in playing Pick-the-DSM, as the end result is the same, eventually.

The Psychopath doesn't last long, but the Narcissist and the Sociopath -- the pathologically Self-Absorbed -- are able to integrate themselves into a control structure quite nicely, where they thrive and feed off each other, until the mission itself is no longer recognized.

Take it to heart -- what is not within their control is their entire Personality and how it relates to the outside world.
And of course, they haven't the slightest clue nor concern that it is an issue in the first place.
That is the greatest, most dangerous Entitlement the world has ever known.


SmittyinLA's picture

An Al Gore owned corporation Bloom Energy was busted last month, they were paying Mexican laborers $2.66 an hour for cleaning chemical batteries (without proper safety equipment no doubt). 


AlGore is worth hundreds of millions if not a billion dollars, Colin Powell was also a major stockholder and director.

DaveyJones's picture

i think history has shown that neither man would do anything illegal, hypocritical or dishonest

nmewn's picture

The swashbuckling climateer...Captain Al

Avast me hearties, thar be the innocents to be plundered on the horizon and fortunes to be made...arrrrrrr.

The Gooch's picture

Del Sol, Al. Del Sol.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

Thats psychopathic behavior, well-adjusted to modern society as it may be.

Somebody really smart once said "To say that one is well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society is no measure of mental health."

trollin4sukrz's picture

George Bush Jr was not an idiot? Come now let us be reasonable.

reTARD's picture

Also add Conspiracy Theorists. When the truly insane people conspire they just call it policy when in fact they ARE the Conspiracy Theorists!

The Gooch's picture

Based on the testimony I tortured myself with ("Assault Weapons" hearing today) 

I am renting a clown suit and throwing my name in the hat for CONgress 2014.

Vote for Shakes.

p.s. were Feinstein and Franken on ludes? Martinis? Both?


reTARD's picture

Also as Stefan Molyneux might say...

You may tell them "Fuck You" and walk away but they fucking point their guns at you and throw you into a cage!

booboo's picture

We can start by not allowing "the idiots" to get away with calling our form of government a Democracy for fuck sakes. God Damn we deserve every fucking inch of whats coming.

CH1's picture

How do we correct humanity's worst invention? 

Easy! Just walk away from it!

Without obedience, it will die fast... but it will NEVER change until then.

Why should they change as long as you obey everything they say?

Totentänzerlied's picture

Never gonna happen. Name one instance in history in which a people voluntary chose to dissolve their state, not their government, their entire state.

semperfi's picture

only by killing - rule books are always cast aside

CH1's picture

only by killing

No, killing is their game - the one thing they excel at.

And it is almost entirely unnecessary anyway.

vato poco's picture

Really. OK.....How then *does* one deal with a mad dog? A mad dog that won't let you 'just walk away', who makes it his mission in life to harass/hurt/steal from/kill you. That's government in a nutshell. If, as you say, killing it is "almost entirely unnecessary anyway", what's your approved method of a) making it leave you alone and b) keep it from hurting other people?

FEDbuster's picture

That is why the Second Amendment is there, it wasn't about duck hunting.

DaveyJones's picture

it was about duck and cover

CH1's picture

Presuming that you are serious and not just arguing, I shall answer:

If, as you say, killing it is "almost entirely unnecessary anyway", what's your approved method of a) making it (the mad dog state) leave you alone and b) keep it from hurting other people?

First, it is not my job to stop it from hurting others. If they WANT it, I shall not rip it from them.

As for "making it leave me alone," all I have to do is avoid it, and there are hundreds of ways to do so. Big corps use offshore structures to be left alone, illegal immigrants use other means. It's only the compliant who are bled dry.

You're a clever fellow, figure out what works for you.

Back to the main point: Violence is what the state does, and what their supporters love them for. Playing that game is bad strategy. Sure, you have to shoot a thug that tries to kill your wife or kid, but that is thankfully uncommon. States are strengthened by violence, not weakened.

Diogenes's picture

In its whole history the US government has never knuckled under to guns. But it has knuckled under to voters thousands of times. 10,000 men, or 1,000 women properly organized could make the government change their mind about anything. Back when votes counted. So,  voting reform and political organization is what works. Guns are a distraction they KNOW they can control.

When a band of citizens with deer rifles goes up against the US Army guess who wins?

PS If you think they will never be able to get soldiers to shoot American civilians, they don't have to. All they have to do is get the civilians to shoot the soldiers and give the soldiers permission to defend themselves.