Jim Hightower takes down the Newt

Hightower does a wonderful job of taking down Newt in his column yesterday. Admittedly, that is sort of like shooting ducks on a pond, and that truth got me wondering how our system got to this point. I mean, we should have a system where the best and brightest rise to the top and are the ones vying to lead our country. How did we get to the point where all of the candidates on the Republican side are, I’m sorry, but it is true, bats__t crazy? We clearly do not have a system where the best rise to the top. In fact, it seems that the best and brightest no longer even want to participate in the process. Perhaps because they know they can’t win, as we as a country have proven our preference for crazies. Or perhaps the best don’t run because they realize they who do are simply pawns of the big money that puts them in power and they want no part of that. Maybe it is a combination of both, or something else. And it is a serious question.
It is a sign of hope that all but two or three of the candidates have turned down attending the debate moderated by Donald Trump. And if our bar has gotten that low it only shows how much trouble we are in. Personally, I still go back and blame the conservative agenda of the last two generations to destroy education in America, to make the masses all the more pliable and easy to manipulate into voting against their self-interest. As I’ve stated before, polls show that only two in five Americans can name the three branches of government, and given that, our current state of affairs is no surprise. In fact, with 60% of Americans starting with less than what should be a 1st grade understanding of our government, how could we possible expect anything other that what we have?

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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