Pandemic Of Stupidity

I’m not a fan of name-calling and don’t much like applying the term ‘stupid’ to people.  But there are times that no other word will fit, times when you just have to ‘call a spade a bloody shovel’, as my friend Mary says.  Of late, there seems to be a pandemic of stupidity in the United States.  A few examples …

louie-gohmertU.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert, a republican from Texas, has contracted the coronavirus.  Now, it shouldn’t have come as any surprise, for ol’ Louie has steadfastly refused to wear a face mask or observe the precautions that most of us are following.  Louie, though, doesn’t think he contracted the virus from breathing in other people’s germs, or from picking up the germ on some surface he may have touched.  Nope, ol’ Louie thinks he got the virus from … wait for it … wearing a mask!

“It’s really ironic because a lot of people have made a really big deal out of my not wearing a mask a whole lot, but in the last week or two, I have worn a mask more than I have in the whole last four months.  I can’t help but wonder if by keeping a mask on and keeping it in place, if I might have put some germs, some of the virus on the mask and breathed it in.” 

Well, there’s a new one for the record books, eh?  But Louie’s stupidity doesn’t stop there.  On Wednesday morning, after being informed that he had tested positive for the virus, he returned to his Capitol Hill office and told staff he wanted to inform them ‘in person’ instead of them finding out from news reports.  WHAT … a phone call or an email wouldn’t have worked just as well?  And this man has a Juris Doctor degree from Baylor Law School and has held a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2005 – fifteen years!  How did he manage all that with so little intelligence?

vince-ginnThen there’s Vance Ginn, another Texan.  Vance is the chief economist for the Texas Public Policy Foundation.  In Texas, as in most states, minorities make up a disproportionate number of the deaths from the coronavirus, as do the elderly.  Mr. Ginn, citing the demographic data of the coronavirus deaths, tweeted this …

“Why not #openschools, end universal mandates, target vulnerable & check those from #Mexico?”

First of all, while the elderly may be more susceptible to the illness and more likely to die, and while the Hispanic population may not have access to the same level of medical care, therefore more likely to die, the total number of deaths also includes non-Hispanics and young people.  Second of all, is he saying, then, that Hispanics and the elderly are expendable?  And third, of course, is the fact that children bring the virus home to parents and elderly relatives such as grandparents.  Ginn has since taken the tweet down after a hue and cry, but … how do people as utterly stupid as him get into such high-level positions in the first place???

At the North Dakota state GOP convention earlier this month, Republican delegates voted on a package of 53 resolutions that “determine the group’s values and stances on various political and moral issues”.  Among them was Resolution 31 which advances the common Republican position that marriage should only be defined as a union between one man and one woman, but it also includes a rejection of any laws that ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, often referred to as “SOGI.”

  • “SOGI bills grant protection to voyeurs who wish to prey on members of the opposite sex.”
  • “Research has shown that causes of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) compulsions are primarily developmental and not genetic as in color and gender.”
  • “SOGI laws empower those practicing LGBT behaviors to assume positions of mentorships of minors often over objections of parents, influencing their emotions and thereby recruiting for their lifestyles.”
  • “Many LGBT practices are unhealthy and dangerous, sometimes endangering or shortening life and sometimes infecting society at large.”

The final line of the resolutions says the party “opposes the passage of legislation which adds sexual orientation and gender identity to our Century code as protected classes.”

Party Chairman Rick Berg said Wednesday, July 22, that the resolution relates to an individual’s religious liberty and protecting business owners from lawsuits such as the Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission suit from 2017.  North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum issued a statement denouncing the resolution last Thursday …

“As I’ve long said, all North Dakotans deserve to be treated equally and live free of discrimination. There’s no place for the hurtful and divisive rhetoric in the NDGOP resolutions.”

Y’know, folks … the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, and everyone in this nation has the right to choose what to believe, what, if any, religion to follow.  HOWEVERnobody has the right to impose their own religious beliefs on others.  Nobody has the right to insist on discriminatory laws based on their own religious values.  It is the same with abortion.  If you don’t wish to have an abortion or hang out with LGBT people, then fine … don’t.  But don’t shove your bigotry and narrow-mindedness down the throats of the rest of us who believe that everyone has a right to be who they are!

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  3. It would appear that these two Texans and a growing number of victims in North Dakota, as well as other areas in the USA, are showing the terminal stages of the early 2017 affliction known as Trump Disease. The first stages can be missed though there is a very faint orange tinge to the face and the hair is thinning requiring a deft comb-over. Sadly, the end result is the complete deterioration of once healthy brain cells causing the noticeable stupidity…though it is questionable how many brain cells were functioning prior to the onset in certain instances. I suggest avoiding close proximity with these obviously infected individuals and always wear a well fitting mask! Thank-you!

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    • Ah yes, a terrible disease that Trump Disease. I have long since distanced myself from those showing signs of having this disease, though I do think I have a natural immunity to it! 😉


  4. You’re absolutely right. “A pandemic of stupidity in the United States” is just about how many Canadians are viewing our southerly neighbors right now. It’s so much more than these two boneheads. When my partner and I watched the CBS News last night (we watch Canadian, U.S. and British newscasts), we just shook our heads. Stupidity about Covid-19, about BLM, about SOGI, goes beyond ignorance and self-righteousness. Don’t get me wrong. I do see evidence of it in Canada too, but thankfully it doesn’t seem to be the norm. These issues seem to be bringing out the underbelly of our society. Hopefully, those of us who understand reality, science and social acceptance will eventually prevail. Keep on bringing these issues to light!

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    • I believe the entire world is shaking their head at our ‘pandemic of stupidity’, or as Roger calls it, ‘terminal stupidity’ right now. In truth, I’ve lived 69 years in this country and today it is a nation that I no longer recognize. Don’t get me wrong … there are a heck of a lot of good people in this country with hearts of gold, but they seem to be outnumbered by the ones who are driven by greed, arrogance, and all forms of bigotry. I suppose it has always been there, but the current person in the White House encourages it, and it took very little encouragement to bring the slugs out from under their rocks. I don’t know that we’ll ever be able to get them back under the rocks or turn them into something other than ugly slugs. Sigh.


  5. The GOP–the political party I was affiliated for more than 40 years–was already well on its way toward becoming the SOP (Stupid Old Party) before electing Donald Trump, but in making that choice they crossed the Rubicon. Those who remain there have chosen to esteem fables over facts, conspiracies over common sense, lunacy over levelheadedness. Among Never-Trump Republicans and former Republicans, a debate rages over whether the party can still be saved. Many–me included–believe it ‘s terminal; it needs to be put out of its misery. I’m not in favor of a nation having a one-party system, so I hope to see a new Republican Party–one that esteems facts and reason–arise in place of the utterly corrupt current Republican Party.

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    • I agree completely. The GOP as it stands today seems beyond repair, but like you, I don’t like the idea of a single party … it’s an open invitation for mass corruption and essentially an autocracy. But, I think the GOP needs to start over with all new leadership and a much more moderate ideology. Fools like Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Joni Ernst, Susan Collins and more need to be put out to pasture. The other thing that I think is essential … well, there are many really, but one … is term limits. We need to bring in new blood in both parties. Mitch McConnell is the poster child for why we need term limits. And to get rid of Citizens United … get the big money out of political campaigns, for it is always … ALWAYS … going to lead to politicians in the pocket of special interests.


  6. Jill, I just typed this on Scottie’s post, but it fits here as well. The concept of exponential expansion does not register to many. One person gets infected and that person is exposed to a dozen others, who are exposed to a dozen each and so on. Any contagion of people – sports teams, church gatherings, family reunion, meetings, schools, etc. will expose people. All it takes is one COVID-19 Mary or Matthew to infect the lot. Just ask Louie Gohmert, the unmasked man. I do not wish COVID-19 on anyone, but when it occurs to folks who are less prudent, it is not a surprise. Note, the co-founder of conservative group Turning Point, Bill Montgomery, just died of COVID-19. His co-founder said leaders need to stop being stupid and do something about this pandemic. You are not alone in using that term.


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    • Exactly on the exponential expansion. And, Herman Cain died today after attending Trump’s Tulsa rally a few weeks ago, which is where doctors believe he got the virus. How many others, I wonder. And what if that had been a packed stadium … how many more? And how many picked it up and carried it home to their families & friends? This is why I don’t think schools can safely re-open.


  7. I’d suggest giving them all an IQ test before allowing them to serve but being able to add 2 and 2 doesn’;t give them either common sense or humanity.. Perhaps all these laws that enshrine rights for everyone including LGBT should be Federal Laws with no rights for the States to change them since Federal Law applies equally to all..
    Maybe all these nasty little racists can figure out some new State Laws than apply to them.

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    • ‘Tis true that intelligence doesn’t necessarily include common sense, but it’s a starting point. Perhaps we need to develop a logic test to test for the ability to reason and apply good ol’ fashioned common sense. Actually, LGBT rights has been upheld by the Supreme Court … to an extent, at any rate. The LGBT lost bigtime on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, but won recently on workplace protections. And, per the Constitution, where federal laws clash with state law, federal law is supreme. But, the states keep trying to impose these restrictive laws in hopes that someone will sue and the case will make it to the Supreme Court, where they hope that the Court will reverse its prior ruling. Right now, it’s anybody’s guess, but if Trump gets to nominate another Justice and if the Senate confirms him, then it’s likely we’ll start seeing all sorts of equality laws changed. Sigh.

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  8. Name-calling, I heard no name-calling, not coming out of the sickly-sweet tobacco-rich mouth of Jill Dennison.
    But stoopid, you have to call them as you see them, or they will be coming to get you next, and there will be no…. no Republicans allowed to catch Covid 19, lest they will be fined for giving life to the hoax that corona virus is an actual disease. You all know it’s the China Flu, started by the CIA at my direction. It was not supposed to attack white people. Dr. Fauci played his cards wrong. He was supposed to… No I didn’t say that. It’s on tape? Destroy the tapes! Nixon was stoopid for not destroying the tapes. I told him that day we were both visiting Stone’s hideaway. I said right to his face, Dick! You gotta get rid of the tapes, but he didn’t know yet that I am the smartest man in rhe world. Now the world knows. They understand where I stand against I’m getting to past where anyone had a greater IQ than every other president. I’m the feeble genius , not Joe Biden!

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  9. Hello Jill. An interesting follow up for the North Dakota GOP. After the state GOP got blow back when the news media reported this the NDGOP disavowed it. They took a vote to disavow it, but not to remove it. Despite all their rhetoric about how they do not agree with the platform and wont follow it, they still refuse to remove it. So they get to have their cake and eat it also. They can please the bigots and religious leaders in the state and also pretend to be allies of the LGBTQ. With friends like these who needs enemies? Hugs

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