Dare to be stupid, Kansas

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In a speech to the Value Voters Conference recently, former Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rick Santorum said, “We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country. We will never have the elite, smart people on our side.”  (http://youtu.be/0n5oa55EsmI)

Now, the Republican party has been slouching towards idiocracy for a while, but this is one of those rare times where a party leader has come right out and said it. Republicans want to keep voters uneducated in order because it’s easier to control a poorly-educated populace than one which is well informed.

That’s not to say that all Republicans are stupid. Surely, there are some fine, upstanding members of the Grand Old Party out there who still believe in honor and tradition. But sadly, those individuals are being rapidly replaced by political zealots and dittoheads

It seems that everywhere you turn, moderates have been cast aside from within the Republican party. Jean Schodorf, a long-time member of the state senate from Wichita, recently ended her affiliation with the Republican party after being defeated in the August primary by someone with close ties to the Tea Party movement. The creeping menace of the more conservative factions within the GOP have caused many to abandon what some would see as a sinking ship.

What is most surprising about all of this is that voters seem to be OK with this. When has a political entity been able to call its member “dumb” and still get votes? It makes one wonder whether voters are even paying attention these days. Conservatism has changed to the point where we now have voters that are incapable of acting in their own best interest. Many of those who rail against social programs are the very same people who receive benefits from them. Does this even make sense?

Wisdom teaches us that when a person is stuck in a hole, they should stop digging. It’s time for conservatives to wake up and realize they are being taken advantage of.