A Long Look at "Stupidity and Ignorance"

© 2020 Jim Spence -  Do you remember the Jay-Walk segments on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno? You can probably do a search online and find them on Youtube. In these hilarious segments, Leno would walk the streets of Southern California and ask random people a few shockingly simple questions. The answers Leno’s crew recorded on these segments were often nothing short of stupendously stupid. Most certainly, some of the segments were cherry-picked when it came to deciding which interviews to air. After all, many of your average Joes and Janes realize they cannot get on television, if they do not say something stupid while the cameras are running. However, based on personal experiences and the volume of segments like these shown on other programs, there is no shortage of stupidity and ignorance out there in the general population.

When one examines the abundance of ignorance and stupidity it seems clear that intellectually speaking, they are first cousins. Ignorance suggests one has not learned anything meaningful regarding life. Stupidity is different. Stupidity is an inability to process basic information and draw simple inescapable conclusions. All two-year olds are ignorant, many baby boomers are stupid and ignorant. Some observers suggest this intellectual plague (ignorance and stupidity), afflicts those being taught things by public and private educators that are simply not so.

Ignorance and stupidity bloom like flowers in the springtime during election seasons. Every two years we see trillions of dollars poured into absurd advertising by career politicians with vast fundraising power to influence the ignorant and the stupid. This incredible mass spend of other people’s money reflects the ultimate effort to control the vast resources and borrowing power of the federal government. The game is insidious. 24-7 and 365 days a year, incumbents collect a steady flow of tribute (campaign contributions) from those encouraged to believe their congressmen and congresswomen have a say in public policies that can either make it harder or easier for donors to go about their business. This process is so predictable you can set your watch by what is going to happen as elections approach.

Every two years Democrat politicians, with a huge assist from buddies in the media, begin to search high and wide for “incidents” involving white versus black “racism,” as well “incidents” that can be twisted to appear to involve white versus black racism. The education system, the entertainment industry, and most of corporate America goes along with the twists for a variety of reasons. Together these entities actually fan the racial paranoia fires all over the nation.

Sadly in 2020, there have literally been real fires lit. Billions of dollars in property destruction, both public property and private property is currently ruining hundreds of neighborhoods and driving up insurance costs and transportation costs for everyone.

Democrat politicians seem to be ok with this. The violence against innocent people, and widespread looting is merely collateral damage associated with implementing their race-baiting strategy. From the top to very bottom of the party, elected Democrat officials wink and nod before adoring news anchors, while pretending a handful of ignorant/stupid cops is the biggest problem facing Americans.

The sheer power of progressive’s intellectual oppression is laid bare when a phrase like, “All Lives Matter,” is deemed “racist” by the 21st Century version of the Inquisition.

Let that think in.

The thought police have decided that the phrase “all lives matter,” is an ignorant and stupid thing to say that suggests racism. The price to pay for heresy against the progressive church on this scam is relentless character assassination including boycotts, loss of jobs, etc.

Make no mistake, the cynical schtick being deployed here is ironic, because it is the exploitation of stupid and ignorant people using stupidity and ignorance as a substitute for logic. The Democrat politicians play book is to stir up enthusiasm for hatred of anyone they accuse of being guilty of heresy. And in the Democrat primaries, phony people like Kamala Harris do it to phony people like Joe Biden.

Sadly, there are certainly more than a few ignorant and stupid people out there that embrace racism. However, this seems irrelevant because we will NEVER stamp out all ignorance and stupidity. It comes in all forms. Politicians praying on the ignorant and stupid, who are willing to tolerate criminal behavior that involves destruction of property, severe injuries including the death of innocent people, and looting, is itself a criminal act.

Of course, the schtick requires progressives to “pretend” that most powerful and influential people in society who are white, are afflicted with the ignorance and stupidity that defines racism. Sorry folks, this is all nothing more than a big lie. People with power and influence will see their power evaporate at warp speed, if they make their decisions based on stupidity and ignorance.

So, what are we left with here? People who embrace the stupidity and ignorance of racism are as stupid and ignorant as those on Jay-Walk. And they are most certainly not powerful and influential. Still, we see the seemingly compelling signs held up at violent protests that demand we all join together and, “End Racism.” This is dumb. The good news is the "influence" of racism ended long ago. However, the remnants of racism which are now superficial, will be here 1,000 years from now.

Fortunately, most racists are ostracized in America. Still despite the fact most of us are doing the best we can, ending all forms of ignorance and stupidity is impossible.

Fortunately, America is profoundly tolerant. A good example is how we are "sometimes" way too tolerant of racists. Just Friday night we saw an example when NBA fans watched L.A. Clipper Montrezl Harrell call Luca Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks a “Bitch-Ass White Boy.” This blatant racial slurring incident was caught on film on national television. There was zero outrage.

Some might ask, should all white people be offended because a gross slur was directed towards Doncic? The best answer to this question was offered by the Eagles in 1994, when they recorded their classic hit, “Get Over It.”

We all know there will always be people like Montrezl Harrell. People who are stupid and ignorant say stupid and ignorant things. There are bigger questions that are NEVER asked that really should be. The NBA, with teams in America and Canada, features a pay scale that averages $7.7 million per year. Why are 98% of the NBA players kneeling for the U.S. national anthem, pretending America is unfair when the majority of NBA players are not white? Is it because they are very upset that there are still ignorant and stupid people roaming around? Or is it because Democrat politicians are successfully jerking their chains and getting them to serve as props?

Montrezl Harrell still makes $6 million per year while being allowed to yell racial slurs that are both stupid and ignorant. A play-by-play announcer was fired for suggesting that all lives matter. Harrell belongs on Jay-Walk. However, there’s just not enough time for everyone who deserves to be exposed to be…..well…..exposed.

The issue here is the reality of stupidity and ignorance. One NBA millionaire hurling racial slurs at another is not the big issue. Looking the other way on violence, deaths, property damage, and theft is the big issue. This has nothing to do with the fact there are stupid and ignorant people out there that come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

Everyone should realize there should be some other way for Democrat politicians to produce a higher voter turnout. Democrats need to find some idea that does not involve encouraging people to protest stupidity and ignorance while acting stupid, ignorant, and violent.

Democrat politicians will only stop winking and nodding regarding those who perpetrate violence in the name of BLM when they realize it is hurting their constituents and more important to them, their results in the voting booths.

It is time for voters of all colors to stop being stupid and ignorant about what we can do about stupidity and ignorance.