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  • by pudge (1) on 2004.11.11 19:36 (#35964) Homepage Journal
    The problem is that it is demonstrable that Bush voters, on the whole, are no dumber than Kerry voters. According to the exit polls, you are more likely to vote Democrat if you have less than a high school education, or more than a bachelor's degree. Everyone in between is more likely to vote Republican.

    Everyone is clueless [mac.com]. The attribute is evenly distributed, not just among arbitrary groups of people, but usually individuals, too. Anyone who thinks Bush voters are dumber is evidence of this.

    But Mencken is correct, people are, on the whole, not very well-educated. This is one of the greatest reasons we have the electoral college. And why the Senate was not directly elected (the primary means of checks and balances in the government is supposed to be between the popularly elected House and the appointed Senate, not between the three branches checking each other, according to Madison). But we moved to direct election 100 years ago, and states have largely binding selection of electors (meaning the electors have to vote for the candidate of the party they represent), which destroys the whole system.

    And so in the end, all the candidates talk down to the people. Kerry lies and says Bush underfunds No Child Left Behind (the fact is that all its mandates were fully funded), to try to express the larger "truth" about Bush not being strong enough on education. Bush lies and says Kerry voted for "higher taxes" 350 times, to try to express the larger "truth" that Kerry is for higher taxation.

    And around and around we go.