How Gullible Are You?

Most surveys ask or try to measure how smart we think we are. This essay reverses the question and assumes that we know we are gullible and attempts to measure to what degree we allow the gullibility to advance. At what point does gullibility become stupidity?

The American Heritage Dictionary defines stupid as:

Adj: Slow to learn or understand; obtuse. Tending to make poor decisions or careless mistakes. Marked by a lack of intelligence or care; foolish or careless: a stupid mistake, dazed, stunned, or stupefied. Pointless; worthless: a stupid job

n. A stupid or foolish person.

As November 4, 2008 nears we allow ourselves to become more and more gullible to the point that stupidity takes over. As the definition of stupid states we become slow to learn, make poor decisions and allow foolishness to take over our better senses.

Here are some prime examples. 90% of the voting population wants all incumbent congressmen voted out. Why? Because if in all this time that they have been there they have not fixed the problem they are not going to fix it with one more term. In fact, they have become part of the problem. That is - all but their congressman.

Yes it’s true! It’s everyone else’s congressman that is the problem; not mine! So what if mine takes money from lobbyists. So what if mine votes for pork. So what if my congressman votes against everything I believe in. He is my congressman and deserves another chance. Your congressman is the problem and has to go, period, end of discussion!

An even stronger example of the above is the fact that most congressmen under investigation for wrong doing or even worse, indictment or even worse than worse, being tried by a jury for wrong doing are far ahead of their opponents in the polls. We (me and you - six-pack Joe, Ed the dairyman, Wendy the waitress, Democrat or Republican, etc) just don’t get it.

We hear only what we want to hear. We hear our congressperson say “I am going to solve the energy problem for you”. We hear “Don’t worry, I will protect your 401K”. We hear “No new taxes”. We hear what we want to hear. We forget that these are the same lies we were told during the last election; not only the same lies but they are being told by the same people that have failed us so badly.

The naked unadorned truth is that any, I say again, any, politician that makes a promise is lying. No person can predict the future. There are 100 Senators in the Senate and 435 Representatives in the House of Representatives. No one alive today can predict how each of those persons will vote on any future issue. So to say I alone will convince all those people to vote for something I want is to tell a lie.

The trick is to listen. Senator McCain said he will “freeze spending”. Then he said he will increase spending for certain pet projects such as research into autism among others. I want to know how you can freeze spending yet increase funding for pet projects?

And while we are at it Senator Obama is no different. He promises to increase spending while lowering taxes.

The battle cry of the incumbents this election year is “Re-elect me and I will fix what is wrong with Washington!”

Verily I say unto the incumbents “You had your chance! What were you doing all these years in office? Yes you had your chance and more.”

Senator McCain racked up 26 long years in public service. Now he says he will change the Washington culture of doing what is in the best interest of each elected official. Senator McCain - read my lipstick: 16 years is a long time to be asleep at the helm. Where were you when this country needed you?

Senator McCain also says “I’m going to make government live on a budget, just like you do.” Read the sentence carefully. Did he say on a budget that is within our income? NO! He said “…a budget…”. It may not be a balanced budget or a budget within our means, just a budget.

If I had a dollar for each person that has pledged to not vote for any incumbent I could retire very comfortably. In fact with that many people pledging not to vote for an incumbent all my family up to and including my sixth cousins could retire very comfortably.

I continue to follow the campaigns very carefully. I still see no reason to vote for any congressional incumbent. I still see no reason to vote for Senator McCain. Join me in pledging not to vote for any incumbent. Please add your name and state to the comment section below stating your pledge.


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Chef Jeff 8 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

We forget that we are supposed to be the government, and we trust others to run things for us. How many of us would trust our family to a stranger? Not many, i would dare say, so why do we always seem to abdicate our responsibility to the trust of others?

We are The People, even if we forget that.

Escellent hub!


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