Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The 2016 Election Demonstrates The Decline Of The American Intellect

"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."

~George S. Patton

It doesn't matter what side of the political aisle you're on, you have to be sad on this election day.  We have two bad candidates and it's our own fault.  We've made running for office in our country such an ordeal that no decent person would want to do it.  So we get what we get.  We wind up voting for somebody we don't like because the other candidate we like even less.  We settle, and the country suffers.

The other stunning thing about this information age we're living in is just how much of that information we consume is completely wrong.  In an age when we can look up any fact and verify any claim often with video tape . . . we don't bother.  We've become lazy and complacent when it comes to what we call facts.  We believe everything the media tells us if it supports our views.  We repeat political talking points we've been fed without bothering to check if they're accurate.  We don't do our own research.  As Henry Ford once said, "Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably why so few engage in it."

So no matter who wins the election today, it will be difficult for those who supported the winner to honestly celebrate a victory.  The winner of the 2016 election, no matter who that is, is far beneath what the American people deserve, and what we desperately need in a leader.  And as the polls show, we all know that.  It's sad we've gotten to this point, but we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

~Todd E. Creason

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