If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
– Thomas Jefferson
Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers. Rulers are no more than attorneys, agents, and trustees, of the people; and if the cause, the interest, and trust, is insidiously betrayed, or wantonly trifled away, the people have a right to revoke the authority that they themselves have deputed, and to constitute other and better agents, attorneys and trustees.
– John Adams
Something that is often overlooked in our indictment of the corrupt status quo, is that one of the main reasons crony politicians and rapacious multinational corporations are able to so seamlessly pull off their unethical schemes is that a large percentage of the voting public is little more than a mass of ignorant zombies.
Proof of just how dangerous this ignorant mob can be was perfectly illustrated by a recent Public Policy poll which showed 30% of Republicans and 19% of Democrats support bombing Agrabah, the invented city from the animated Disney movie Aladdin.
Ladies and gentleman, I introduce to you the American primary voter.
From the Guardian:
Almost one-third of Republican primary voters would support bombing the fictional kingdom of Agrabah, according to a report released by Public Policy Polling on Friday.
More than 530 Republican primary voters were polled this week on their support for Republican candidates and foreign policy issues including banning Muslims from entering the US, Japanese internment camps from the second world war and bombing Agrabah, the kingdom from Disney’s animated classic, Aladdin.
In its poll, Public Policy Polling asked the 532 Republicans: “Would you support or oppose bombing Agrabah?” While 57% of responders said they were not sure, 30% said they supported bombing it. Only 13% opposed it.
Public Policy Polling also polled Democratic primary voters: only 19% of them said they would support bombing Agrabah, while 36% said they would oppose it.
According to the PPP, “[Donald] Trump is at 45% with Republicans who want to bomb Aladdin and only 22% with ones who don’t want to bomb Aladdin.”
One in four of those polled by the PPP said that Islam should be illegal in the US and that they support the US policy of Japanese internment during the second world war.
What First Amendment?
And you wonder why things are the way they are. These are the people who will choose the Presidential nominees for each corrupt political party.