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Do you find it extremely disturbing that people in charge of this country can be so freaking STUPID sometimes?

Asked by Dutchess_III (27176 points ) March 29th, 2014

Arizona Vice Mayor Ed Farrell had to apologize for praising Fred Phelps on fb after reading an Onion article thinking it was real news. Article

He apologized, said he had no idea who Fred Phelps was in the first place. Geeezzzzeeeee.

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dappled_leaves's avatar

Frankly, I think degrees in science and law should be required for those seeking higher office. Most people will not agree with me on that, but there it is. The world would be a better place.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I agree with you. But even a degree can’t fix stupidity that deep.

janbb's avatar

I find stupidity always upsetting wherever it presents itself.

Coloma's avatar

I find it even more disturbing that the majority of EVERYONE are freaking stupid. lol
Ignorance is not bliss, and when 99.9% of the population has their face buried in their cell phones, texting every fucking minute of their day…well…unconscious organisms unite. The walking dead.

Anyone hear of the new “type and walk” phone ap, so the zombie masses can be aware of what the hell is going on around them while walking and texting?
Unreal. Dumb and dumber.

Coloma's avatar

My favorite little game is to lay on my car horn when someone is dithering along texting and bobbling through a parking lot. Great fun to watch them jump like a startled deer. haha
I just told the story the other day of this couple walking along 6 feet in front of their toddler who was staggering along the side of a busy road, on the verge of toppling into traffic at any second, while the parents both were texting. Unbelievable!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Un real. People are completely missing out on life with that shit.

Coloma's avatar

@Dutchess_III Seriously..and, what’s really funny is the new “type and walk” ap has to have the phone pointed directly ahead to be functional. Highly doubtful that anyone can multi-task like that, making sure their phone is aligned properly while simultaneously texting. haha
That;s like asking someone to walk and pat their head and rub their belly at the same time. Not gonna happen. lol

Seek's avatar

“I had no idea who this Phelps guy was, I had no idea about the publication the Onion,”

What rock is this guy living under?

Pachy's avatar

Well, these lammos don’t vote themselves in.

johnpowell's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr :: It is Arizona. It is pretty much all rocks. But on the bright-side, this didn’t happen in Florida.

Seek's avatar

Don’t get me started.

Between Florida, Arizona and Texas…

Maybe it’s something to do with latitude? Anything south of 35* is stupid squared?

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

They are not any dumber than the people who vote them in.

Coloma's avatar

^^^ That’s why I don’t vote! lol
Always the lesser of two evils, instead of the greater of two goods. Pffft!

Seek's avatar

@ARE_you_kidding_me

Really?

As voters, we have two choices: The one with the D, and the one with an R. Both bought their way in, and we don’t know them from Adam. The only other option is to not vote.

How is this shit our fault?

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

We look at the surface, we don’t look past campaign slogans, ties etc…. Good people don’t run. We don’t bitch about campaign finance reform enough or that corporations are considered people. We let the media polarize us and force us into one camp or another. We have become disengaged with our political system. We let things get this way. That said, I think you are correct since people below say the age of 40 or 50 get to “participate” in an already f*&!ed up system.

ragingloli's avatar

I find it disturbing that people vote for them in the first place.
Idiots are in power because idiots put them there.

Darth_Algar's avatar

@dappled_leaves

Actually most of our politicians in higher office have law degrees.

longgone's avatar

@dappled_leaves Degrees are in no way a guarantee for intelligence.

Darth_Algar's avatar

@dappled_leaves

Well that hasn’t exactly made the world a better place has it?

dappled_leaves's avatar

@Darth_Algar I think you are mistaking the word “and” for the word “or”. Also perhaps “most” for “all”.

Darth_Algar's avatar

@dappled_leaves

I’m not, I simply fail to see how such a mandate would make the world a better place when most politicians already have one of those.

dappled_leaves's avatar

@Darth_Algar Well, I did say that most people would disagree with me. There you go.

ragingloli's avatar

I am of the opposite opinion. Law degrees should instantly disqualify you from any position of power.
They should have Phd’s in science, and at least 10 peer reviewed papers.

janbb's avatar

@ragingloli A nearby Congressman was a professor in astrophysics at Princeton. His constituents have bumper stickers that say, “My Congressman is a Rocket Scientist.” (Sadly, he is not running for re-election this term.)

Seek's avatar

I’d prefer our politicians to be scientists and philosophers, but unfortunately most of those people would rather being doing science and philosophy than playing politics.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

I’d vote for scientists, engineers, architects, mathematicians, actuaries, physicians and small business owners. I’m actually with ragingloli, Lawyers, CEOs, Buisiness majors and actors should be disqualified by lack of real credentials and conflicts of interest.

Darth_Algar's avatar

@janbb

I’m guessing you’re referring to Rush Holt? As far as I’m aware he and Bill Foster are the only physicists currently serving in Congress.

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