Some Sage Words On What to Do – Or What Not to Do – When You Encounter Stupid People

A Brief One by Doug Draper

Posted February 22nd, 2017 on Niagara At Large

From a cover of the New York City tabloid The Post, published last year when Sarah Palin endorsed Trump

From a cover of the New York City tabloid The Post, published last year when Sarah Palin endorsed Trump

One of my all-time favourite commentators on the human condition – the late, great George Carlin – once said; ’Think about how stupid the average person is, then realize that have of them are stupider than that.”

We can only imagine what George, who left us nine years ago, just a few months before he was to receive the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, would say today, because unlike almost any time I can think of in the last 50 years, we seem to be living in the ‘Age of Stupid.’

I am remind of that almost daily when I hear someone say in so many words to me or another, on the street or in a letter to the editor or on the radio or one of the cable news channels; “Why are you being so hard on Donald Trump. Why don’t you at least given him a chance?”

Every time I hear a line like that, instead of wasting to much of my time trying to debate or argue with the individual, I remind myself of the following wise advise once shared by Mark Twain himself –

mark-twain-never-argue-with-stupid-people

By the way and thinking of Trump and all of his hate-laced, racist rhetoric, especially over the past couple of years, and the spike we are seeing in verbal and physical attacks on Jews, Muslims, African Americans and other groups, not only in his own United States but across the border -yes – right here in Canada, a statement just came out this February 21st from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.

The statement from the Anne Frank Centre follows one Trump finally made earlier in the day, after being invited by reporters and others for more than a week to denounce acts of verbal and physical violence against America’s Jewish communities, that ‘anti-Semitism “is horrible” and that he will see to it that it is “going to stop.”

The Anne Frank Centre responded as follows“His (Trump’s) statement today is a pathetic asterisk of condescension after weeks in which he and his staff have committed grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Antisemitism, yet day after day have refused to apologize and correct the record.”

A horrid act of destruction in a Jewish cemetery in Missouri, committed this February.

A horrid act of destruction in a Jewish cemetery in Missouri, committed this February. The beautiful news is that Muslim communities in America set up a fund to repair the broken tombstones and have already raised tens of thousands of dollars. There is still hope for humans, after all.

“Make no mistake: The Antisemitism coming out of this Administration is the worst we have ever seen from any Administration.”

 “The White House repeatedly refused to mention Jews in its Holocaust remembrance, and had the audacity to take offence when the world pointed out the ramifications of Holocaust denial. And it was only yesterday, Presidents’ Day, that Jewish Community Centers across the nation received bomb threats, and the President said absolutely nothing.”

“When President Trump responds to Antisemitism proactively and in real time, and without pleas and pressure, that’s when we’ll be able to say this President has turned a corner. This is not that moment.”

An endorsement for Donald Trump, tweeted last year, by David Duke, a white supremacist and former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan from Louisiana.

An endorsement for Donald Trump, tweeted last November 2016 by David Duke, a white supremacist and former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan from Louisiana.

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 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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One response to “Some Sage Words On What to Do – Or What Not to Do – When You Encounter Stupid People

  1. “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people” …H L Menken.

    “As democracy is perfected, the office of President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire and the White House will be occupied by a downright idiot and complete narcissistic moron.” –
    H. L. Menken – 1920.

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