Politicians say stupid things all the time. There’s a reason why the political arena is often called “Hollywood for ugly people.”
The intelligence bar has been set rather low by actors, reported to say stupid things all the time. What do you expect when someone makes a living by saying words written by others?
The real question is, what did Congress expect when they asked Jane Fonda or Sissy Spacek to testify before Congress about the plight of farmers because they played a farmer in a movie? Perhaps Steven Colbert put an end to that celebrity “expert” testimony nonsense once and for all by properly mocking it.
For the record, it really doesn’t bother me all that much when an actor says something stupid. They aren’t paid to be smart. They are paid to look good and sound convincing as they follow the script.
When politicians say stupid things, it really bothers me. These people have great power to adversely affect my life. I want politicians who are smarter than me, not richer and prettier.
When Republican Christine O’Donnell bought a television ad to announce “I am not a witch” or Democrat Nancy Pelosi stood before the national media and declared, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it,” my head wanted to explode.
Don’t forget my most favorite stupid quote from Harry Reid,
The mean-spirited bill, H.R. 1 … eliminates the National Endowment of the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts,” said Reid. “These programs create jobs. The National Endowment of the Humanities is the reason we have in northern Nevada every January a cowboy poetry festival. Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist.
They might not be (mental) giants.
But stupid is one thing, vicious quite another. The Hill reported Joe Biden’s remarks at a political fundraiser a couple of days ago where he made an analogy of Republican budget maneuvers to excusing the actions of rapists go beyond the pale to qualify as some of the most vile, disgusting, and inflammatory political attacks of the last fifty years.
The vice president compared Republican budget cuts to rape because in his words,
there was this attitude in our society of blaming the victim. When a woman got raped, blame her because she was wearing a skirt too short, she looked the wrong way or she wasn’t home in time to make the dinner.
And that compares to reduced spending and lower taxes how, exactly?
[The Republicans] whose philosophy threw us into this God-awful hole we’re in, gave us the tremendous deficit we’ve inherited – that they’re now using, now attempting to use, the very economic condition they have created to blame the victim – whether it’s organized labor or ordinary middle-class working men and women. It’s bizarre. It’s bizarre.
No, Mr. Biden, what’s bizarre is your rationale.
And it’s really scary to know that you think this way, considering you’re only a heartbeat away from becoming President.
Joe obviously believes we’re all idiots. He trusts that we don’t remember Democrats were calling the shots when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac imploded largely because of the myth that Congress can somehow create affordable housing.
The only thing Congress knows how to make is a mess.
Don’t get me wrong — Republicans aren’t completely blameless. They didn’t prevent the carnage from happening and they haven’t undone the damage. They’re currently reduced to bickering with the Obama administration about who can cut spending more.
I personally don’t care. Cut government spending! Today!
Our VP must think we believe him when he implies only union employees work for a living. Many of us in the private sector (constituting a large majority of the voting populace) understand that the easiest way to ruin a person’s incentive to work hard is to have them join a union.
Unionized workers immediately gain protections through collective bargaining that ultimately prevent incompetent people from being fired. Good, hard working union members suffer because of the bums in their midst that give them all a bad reputation.
Biden has compared one of the worst things a human being can do to another person — the violent act of rape — to a reduction of pay and benefits to union employees. Calling union thugs currently making death threats to Republicans “victims” would have been hilarious, if the context had been different.
I find nothing amusing about rape.
Diminishing the victims of violent crime for political gain is truly sickening. Above all people, the champion of the Violence Against Women Act should know better.
You simply cannot compare violent crimes like rape or murder to spending cuts or lower taxes. That’s going way too far over the line.
This sort of bombastic speech is inciting the worst kind of hatred in America. The only thing it can possibly achieve would be to start class warfare between people artificially separated by greed.
This is exactly the sort of rhetoric that will ultimately breed violence…just like that perpetrated by the lunatic Jared Loughner.
Mr. Biden, with all due respect, just shut up!