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John Kerry: America is in a Period of ‘Know-Nothingism’

By Doug Powers  •  October 28, 2010 10:45 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

John Kerry’s list of significant epochs in world history:

–Upper Cambrian
–Lower Permian
–Middle Jurassic
–Know Nothing (Late 2010-?)

Thurston Heinz III’s swift boat has sprung a leak in the deep end again. Strange — just a couple of years ago the country was brilliant, progressive and in a period of mass awakening, and less that 24 months later that same nation is ignorant and blind to the facts.

Could it be that some of the hypnotized hopeful who believed harmonic convergence would be free and that clean air, world peace, free gas and kickass careers had finally arrived in the form of catch-phrases and campaign slogans eventually awakened to the fact that they were duped? Nah, it’s much easier just to blame talk radio for dumbing down America:

With his party braced for defeats in the midterm elections, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee told the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce that a Republican machine — fueled by talk show hosts such as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck — has undermined progress and misled the public into believing Democrats created the country’s current economic problems.
“It’s absurd. We’ve lost our minds,” said a clearly exasperated Kerry. “We’re in a period of know-nothingism in the country, where truth and science and facts don’t weigh in. It’s all short-order, lowest common denominator, cheap-seat politics.”

The “enthusiasm gap” talk among Democrats means the left thinks the problem isn’t as much that Republicans are going to outnumber Democrats at the polls next week, but that many Democrats who showed up two years ago are going to sit this one out. It’s doubtful that Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are the ones who have convinced these particular left-leaning voters to stay home. John Kerry is as adept at avoiding reality as he is at avoiding Massachusetts luxury taxes.

Kerry’s comments about the “Big Dig” are as priceless as the Big Dig itself. To paraphrase Thurston, the Big Dig “cost way too much and was poorly managed, and as a result other cities will want to replicate it.” Kerry must be on the payroll to get Tea Parties targeted to local governments.

Kerry also blamed Republicans for the country’s woes, pointing out, for example, that the $700 billion TARP bailout was requested by President Bush. This particular “blame Republicans” point might have been a little more effective if Kerry himself hadn’t voted yes on passing TARP. But since this is the period of “know nothingism,” I imagine Kerry’s counting on us not knowing that.

(h/t Jammie Wearing Fool)

**Written by Doug Powers

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