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"Dumbing Down" America

Updated on May 21, 2012

Mike's Common Sense

One thing I have noticed in my life is that most people really can’t be bothered to think for themselves. In fact I find that most people don’t want to be bothered to think at all.

Perhaps I am being too hard on the majority of Americans; maybe they have been conditioned by the government and the major religions not to think for themselves. Perhaps they have not been taught how to think for themselves.

Why is it that so many people are not only willing to let others think for them, but want someone else to think for them? The herd mentality has always been very popular among the masses, whether it manifests as fads, religious dogma, popular TV shows, or blind acceptance of the words of people in a position of authority, but never as much as it is today. “The Bible tells me so”, “He’s my President, right or wrong”, are the mantra of today’s sheep.

Television and radio are filled with folks who are more than happy to tell the masses what, and how they should think. This does not bother me as much as the fact that there are way too many people out there who eat up this “knowledge” as if it were a box of chocolates, without consideration that they are getting fat…in the head.

The “dumbing down” of America has been going on for some time now. America’s schools were once the finest in the world, but are now nothing more than rote memorization factories, that teach nothing about logic, and reasoning. Most television today is entertainment, or contrived reality shows that encourage the viewer to turn his brain off. Even the commercials are geared for people with an I.Q. of 90.

I believe this “dumbing down” is an action of the global power elite who are out for world domination. They have been intentionally creating a generation of sheep craving for leadership, leadership that they will provide. The only problem is… we all know what happens to a herd of sheep in the end.


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      Michael A Muehleisen 7 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Tina V nice to meet you. We must have a lot in common because Mike's Common Sense is the name of my blog. I will check out your hub. Much love to you.

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      TINA V 7 years ago

      I published an article entitled "Common Sense Reality Check" last week. I just read your hub today and it's good that Hubpages has a new feature "suggest link." I suggested this as a link using the word "dumb." You also made your point about the increasing lack of common sense nowadays. Great hub!

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      Michael A Muehleisen 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Mighty Mom! the IQ system is different that the grading done when we were in school. An IQ of 100 is considered average. Every ten points you go in either direction, is a new standard of deviation from the norm, which is a big difference. An IQ of 90 is below the norm by one standard deviation.

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      Michael A Muehleisen 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Paper Moon Nice to meet you. We need to wake up to the agenda of global power elite. We need to be able to think for ourselves.

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Gee. I thought an IQ of 90 was quite good. It's an A- isn't it?

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      Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

      I have not touched this one, as it would take a huge book, or series of books. For a short hub, you cover a lot of ground. Scary thing is, I believe it worked. All I am trying to do is wonder what next? We will be too dumb and poor soon to be a rich and powerful nation. What then?

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      Michael A Muehleisen 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi MindField, the global power elite are no secret. they are the bankers, (the Rothchilds, Rockefellers, etc. that are attempting to turn the US and other countries into corporate states run by big money. To learn more read my hubs Fear Mongers, We Aint't Got Nothin' Yet, and google David Icke, Bildesbergers, Illuminati, Free Masons. The world is a changing, and not to our liking unless we act now. Thanks for reaking me.

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      MindField 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Could you explain what you mean by "global power elite"? Thank you.