Friday, August 8, 2008

Know-Nothingism

Paul Krugman in the NYT:

Republicans, once hailed as the “party of ideas,” have become the party of stupid. Now, I don’t mean that G.O.P. politicians are, on average, any dumber than their Democratic counterparts. And I certainly don’t mean to question the often frightening smarts of Republican political operatives.

What I mean, instead, is that know-nothingism — the insistence that there are simple, brute-force, instant-gratification answers to every problem, and that there’s something effeminate and weak about anyone who suggests otherwise — has become the core of Republican policy and political strategy. The party’s de facto slogan has become: “Real men don’t think things through.”

I don't care much for what the GOP says or does; my issue is with people who fall for their nonsense instead of analyzing it for themselves. That's what gave us 8 years of Shrub and all the attending crap. And that lack of honest, critical thought is why we're fucked in this country.

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