Mr. Towns, you behave as if stupidity were a virtue. Why is that?The Flight of the Phoenix
Stupidity has to be man’s most intractable behavior. It can be constrained by education, religion, custom and a vocation, but never eradicated.
Like losing weight or battling addiction, it takes only one lapse in the regimen for constrained stupidity to come storming back, stupider than before.
It is little wonder then that Republicans, their power having been eroded by reason and enlightenment, have resorted to stupidity for self-preservation.
It is an effective political strategy. Stupidity is more powerful than reason and certainly more contagious.
What a fool believes he sees, no wise man has the power to reason away.The Doobie Brothers.
That is why the greatest democracy in the world elected as its leaders one of the most undemocratic men on earth.
That is why Congressional Republicans, particularly those in the Senate, a body once described by James Madison as “a necessary fence” to protect “the people against their rulers,” enabled and abetted each increasingly undemocratic action by Former President Trump.
That is why the clearer Trump’s plot to overturn a free and fair election becomes, the more Republican leaders and their base revere him. Indeed, the litmus test to become a Republican leader today is to be a full-throated sycophant of a traitorous president.
That is why today on the anniversary of the failed coup at the Capitol its architects are still at large.
And that’s is why President Biden’s strong but belated denunciation today of the former president will perhaps be recorded in history as a powerful but uninfluential speech.
Indeed, the mainstream media is already acknowledging the strong possibility of Republicans gaining the majority in the House in the midterms and of Trump, if he wishes, securing the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
His return to power would undoubtedly be the nail in the coffin of our democracy.
Yet, if our democracy dies, it won’t be because Republicans chose stupidity as a governing strategy but because Democrats continue to view that stupidity as a virtue to be protected.