Well, I guess the ignorant nature of most of our politicians is actually quite representative of our country:
PRINCETON, NJ — On the eve of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, a new Gallup Poll shows that only 39% of Americans say they “believe in the theory of evolution,” while a quarter say they do not believe in the theory, and another 36% don’t have an opinion either way. These attitudes are strongly related to education and, to an even greater degree, religiosity. (Link)
Now, don’t get me wrong, I think that this demonstrates an appalling lack of commitment toward education in this country more than it reveals a fundamental lack of intelligence on the part of individuals. Ignorance is not the same as stupidity. And willful idiocy is not the same as stupidity. However, the ignorance that these numbers evince surely provides at least one explanation for the general ignorance, stupidity, and idiocy of many of our elected politicians.
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