Nader815It’s Ralph Nader’s fault. It really is. A classic example of cause and effect. From the cave men up to the mid-Sixties we had a nice little system working. As the human population grew and improved, we always seemed to keep the really stupid people at a minimum.

Since the beginnings of our time on Earth, people have proliferated by a couple of simple principles: We like having sex more than anything else, so we have been constantly reproducing. With smart people running the show civilization kept heading in the right direction. Simultaneously, many idiots did stupid things that killed them and kept their numbers proportionally low.

Whether someone pissed off a mastodon or bought a Corvair, nature had a way of weeding out really dumb people. Then Nader decided those folks needed to be protected from themselves. Just like Yellowstone Park killing the wolves to save the elk and achieving the opposite, our best intentions to keep humans safer might do us harm in the long run. When Nader filed suit to declare the Corvair unsafe, the die was cast.

1960CorvairSoon wannabe Ralphs were running around testing products most of us knew to avoid. Lawyers figured out a way to make lots of money and the dam busted. Today people are warned to not drive with a windshield screen in place, cautioned about the dangers of thunderstorms, and told how important it is to wash your hands after bathroom visits. The people who used to ignore such things and were culled from the gene pool are now free to mate and reproduce, usually with someone as idiotic as they are.

For centuries, folks who might have swallowed Drano just to see what it tastes like or who would have stood on the top step of a stepladder to get higher were eliminated by a natural process and humanity kept an acceptable intelligence level.

Like so many other ideas from the Sixties, something that seemed a good thing while ingesting mushrooms and dancing in a circle reaps horrible consequences when bounced against the realities of how the world operates.

The results are all around us. Glenn Beck will make 23 million dollars this year and is a savior. Sarah Palin is a best selling author of political fiction. Ann Curry is a respected journalist.

TV shows and movies must explain even the most mundane plot changes and require naked women and explosions to keep us interested. The local weather man breaks into programming to tell us it is raining and what we should do. We need electronic devices to find our way to Grandma’s house.

This trend doesn’t bode well for humanity. Stupidity is increasing at an alarming rate. Look at what people spend money on. Check out the current crop of movies, books, and singers. Tell me these are decisions being made by intelligent people.

We don’t pay attention to what is being said anymore; we either agree with or dispute the message based on who delivers the information. We are being spoon fed advice as if we are too stupid to think for ourselves. At the rate things are going the really stupid people will soon be running the world. Then again, it may already be too late.

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Mike Cox

Mike Cox

Mike Cox currently writes a weekly column in South Carolina for the Columbia Star called "It's Not a Criticism, It's an Observation." He is trying to grow old as gracefully as possible without condemning the current generation in charge to doom. Each day this task gets harder as the overwhelming evidence mounts. He currently has two published books; Finding Daddy Cox, and October Saturdays. His columns have won three South Carolina Press Association awards since 2003. Mike has three sons and two grandchildren and lives in Irmo, Sc, just outside of Columbia.