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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The Rise of the Dimmest and the Dumbest: America Wearing the Dunce Cap at the Beginning of a New Century Posted by Hello
Morning. The topic of the day is the diminution of American intellectual power. This is the topic of the day because, quite frankly, we are living in perilous times and woe to the United States if she continues on this perilous course. America is at war with itself; more to point, America is at war with her intellectuals and intellectualism (as the always excellent 'Christian Science Monitor' so adroitly concludes in the article 'Deep Thinkers Missing in Action' at http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0121/p17s02-lehl.html). First, let me define intellectualism (the dictionary definition) as the: 1) Exercise or application of the intellect; 2) Devotion to exercise or development of the intellect. You know, it's interesting: there are many states, typically in the southern regions of the country (especially Texas, http://www.texasobserver.org/showArticle.asp?ArticleID=1726 ), that have subscribed to some form of anti-intellectualism or another for as long as anyone can remember. Indeed, the most virulent form of anti-intellectualism (as previously eluded to) can still be found in Texas, where there are but a few intellectuals left; and they are (for the most part) holed-up and under siege in Austin (ironically, the state capital as well as home to the University of Texas, The Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, Sandra Bullock, Madeline Stowe, and others), the only sensible and enlightened area in the whole damned state (http://travel.lycos.com/destinations/location.asp?pid=244009). But what is even more disturbing is how this pathogen has slowly spread across America and now seems to be accelerating in its attempt to dominate the culture. Of course, anti-intellectualism's crowning achievement to date was the election and then re-election of the current president. If the Alfred E. Newman of 'MAD Magazine' fame statement "what, me, worry" doesn't apply in the current context, then I don't know when it would ever apply. Moreover, the disease of anti-intellectualism is crushing the African-American community. Once proud of it's intellectual heritage (an intellectual heritage embodied in such notables as Frederick Douglas, W.E.B. DuBois, Benjamin E. Mays, Barbara Jordan et al.), this community (sadly) now finds itself under constant threat from an element within its own ranks. This desperate community within the greater American community is under attack, slowly being decimated by a degenerate sub-culture that is determined to undermine a centuries worth of intellectual progress. The consequences are devestating, as the following 'Reuters' link attests to, http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2005-03-02T182443Z_01_B18425_RTRIDST_0_HEALTH-CRISIS-BLACK-DC.XML. Chuck D, leader of the group Public Enemy (and, quite simply, the modern embodiment of the poet/artist/scholar/intellectual warrior), touched on this very topic at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in February 2005, link is as follows http://www.uaf.edu/sunstar/archives/20050301/chuckd.htm. Chuck D stated the following:

"...This whole thing, the whole 'I've got to be a thug,' or 'I've got to follow what the television tells me I'm worth," is set up to turn you into a forever consumer. It's not real. It's as real as you thinking you're wise at 17, 18, 19."and From there, Chuck elaborated on race relations and the prevailing "anti-intellectualism that's killing [them]..." .


"...America makes money off of black death, misery, and destruction. [America doesn't] want you to better yourself. They want blacks to be their entertainment. That's why you have to take it on yourself to get your education. To f**k the idea of being a 'gangsta' ...".

This is something to get passionate about, but it seems like we live in a time where "passion" equals "crazy". A prime example of this disturbing social phenomenon is when DNC Chairman Howard Dean, while running as a Presidential candidate in 2004, discovered that expressing one's passion/zeal is a social and cultural "no-no"in today's post-modern America. Case in point was when Dean was lambasted by the American press after his defeat in the 2004 Iowa Democratic Caucus for simply getting "a little excited", or "a little motivated" (as our Marine Corps brothers and sisters call it). Truly, I was certainly no fan of Howard Dean, I was supporting Wesley Clark all the way (as I've stated time and time again in previous posts) but regardless of who any of us were supporting, the kind of response Dean suffered for simply "losing his cool" and showing some political passion doesn't make any sense. The man had his a** handed to him for pete's sake and was damn near destroyed by the press for simply showing a little "fire in the belly". Can you imagine if this current bullsh**t standard was applied to our great leaders of the past? There would have been no great Presidents like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln or Theodore Roosevelt, no great Presidents like Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman or John F. Kennedy, no great patriots like Patrick Henry or John Brown, there would be no great Americans like Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr, Malcolm X, or Robert F. Kennedy, in fact no anybody of any consequence that was about changing things for the better. All of these past great presidents and leaders were known to get a little "overheated" when discussing issues of passion and importance. And what's wrong with that? What's wrong with passion and intensity? Friends, passion is the engine of progress. Folks, be advised: beware the anti-intellectuals and their insidious movement, fore they will surely place this country squarely on a death march into oblivion. Semper Fidelis


Blogger Pawpaw said...

Most of the intellectuals I have known, couldn't pour piss out of a boot. They were educated, but had absolutely no idea of how the world worked. Moreover, because they were intellectuals, they had no intention of learning even the basics about things that most people take for granted.

Consequently, I haven't paid much attention to intellectuals because most of the ones I have contact with don't show me any reason to think them intelligent.

I don't know if Washington was an intellectual. I suspect that Jefferson was, but I don't think anyone ever accused Lincoln with that label. Truman, on the other hand, was a Captain of Artillery and a consumnate politician. He was a president that doesn't get the credit he deserves.

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