After sitting back and watching “Grubergate” unfold, it is clear that Republicans are trying to capitalize on, more than anything, Jonathan Gruber’s reference to the stupidity of the American voter.
It’s hard to tell whether the outrage over his contempt is genuine or faux. But putting Gruber’s despicable motivations and methods aside, he was right about American voters. They are stupid, and frankly, that is being generous.
I remember well when Herman Cain made this very point in 2012:
Cain pointed out that only 58% of registered voter actually voted in the last presidential election. “What about the 42% that stay at home?” he asked.
He’s not so sure they should be voting in the first place. “I have even heard people say, ‘Well, I don’t vote because I don’t know what’s going on,’” Cain remarked. “And I say ‘good!’ Stupid people are ruining America and I’m glad some of a them stay home.”
“Those of us that are informed have to out-vote the stupid people,” he continued as the crowd applauded. “And you have got to become ambassadors of intelligence, ambassadors of information. So number one, stay informed!”
How many American voters have read the Constitution? How many who have read the Constitution have put forth the effort to understand it properly?
How many American voters actually understand economics? How many American voters have a deep knowledge of history?
How many American voters know how to think critically about something other than pop culture? How many get their news from one source such as nightly news? How many fact check their news sources?
How many Americans voters vote based on soundbites? Or headlines? How many actually attempt to understand even the basic outlines of policy proposals?
How many American voters vote based on race, class, or appearance?
Can anyone read through the above questions and not agree with Jonathan Gruber?
And this applies to the right too. Many conservative voters are stupid, just like everyone else. Don’t believe me? Watch them on Facebook. Watch them rant about the Marxist Muslim in the White House, watch them sign pointless petitions, watch them share falsified quotations and satirical articles as sources of truth. It will open your eyes.
The stupidity of the American voter is why pure democracy is a horrible idea. It’s why democracy should be restricted as much as possible to people who are knowledgeable and committed to the future of the country.
The sad thing is that as stupid as American voters are, they are somehow more responsible than the 40-50% of the eligible population who stay at home during any given election.