Have people gotten dumber?

Will on the road again 2012/06/22 13:33:45
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Retiring Dem: 'The People Have Gotten Dumber'

10:44 AM, Jun 21, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER

Ackerman, a Democrat from New York, reflects on his time in Congress.

"Congressman Ackerman, you’ve been here 30 years. Can you define comity as it existed when you arrived versus how it exists now?," Bloomberg Businessweek asks.

Ackerman responds: " Your premise is that comity exists now. It may not be entirely accurate. It used to be you had real friends on the other side of the aisle. It’s not like that anymore. Society has changed. The public is to blame as well. I think the people have gotten dumber. I don’t know that I would’ve said that out loud pre-my announcement that I was going to be leaving. [Laughter] But I think that’s true. I mean everything has changed. The media has changed. We now give broadcast licenses to philosophies instead of people. People get confused and think there is no difference between news and entertainment. People who project themselves as journalists on television don’t know the first thing about journalism. They are just there stirring up a hockey game."

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  • none 2012/06/25 20:06:02
  • ColourfulxRain 2012/06/24 22:57:13
    It sure damn seems that way!

    Every 3 seconds...some unsuspecting individual loses a brain cell. It's...Tragic :'(
  • rknothead 2012/06/24 12:54:26
    Far too many are brain washed into thinking their future depends on the govt. it depends on what you decide to do, not what govt decides is best for you. Vote Romney in Nov for real hope and change.
  • 4dc 2012/06/23 15:57:42
    i think many have become more complacent...what's the point in working hard when you can be just as well rewarded for doing almost nothing?
  • cowboy 2012/06/23 15:21:42
    And I blame public schools and TV.
  • Don Leuty 2012/06/23 10:06:45
    Don Leuty
    But politicians have.
  • D D 2012/06/23 06:29:50
    D D
    People are more dumb. They don't know what our politicians are doing. How they go about picking someone to vote for. they vote for a president that looks cool. Our president is not a celebrity or entertainer. They don't know the difference. Sad. And Obama knows it and he has professionals dressing him and so on to appeal to the younger people.
  • Balladeer-PWCM-POTL 2012/06/23 06:18:18
    one of the reasons we have THIS nightmare for POTUS...

  • Red 2012/06/23 03:57:00
  • jumpboots 187th PIR 2012/06/22 17:32:01
    jumpboots 187th PIR
    Look at the one that they the dummys voted in. jjj
  • Don 2012/06/22 17:13:05
    How'd you like to have to deal with Maxine Waters and Sheila Jackson everyday.
    How about Nutsey Palosi or Babs Boxer everyday?
    Yeah - I'd say they've gotten dumber. Or they're from the planet stupid.
  • sglmom 2012/06/22 17:00:34
    You know what ..
    this is the truly INTRIGUING Quote in this article ..
    (from Ackerman himself)

    "People get confused and think there is no difference between news and entertainment. People who project themselves as journalists on television don’t know the first thing about journalism. They are just there stirring up ..."

    he DOES have a point there that is valid ..
    the so-called PERSONALITIES on TV .. in the msm .. really are NOT "Journalists" at all ..
    (and have no clue about journalistic ethics, reporting the news)
    they are just ENTERTAINERS .. spewing forth the 'PRODUCT" they are paid to endorse, talk about ..
    nothing more .. (gossip mongers, snake-oil sellers .. just spokesmodels for the product they are paid to promote).


    as far as people go ..
    it is split between
    those that believe the spiel .. (follow it blindly .. follow the product endorsements)
    and those who QUESTION .. research, and oh, my THINK about everything ..

    Personally .. we've still got a lot of intelligence out there ..
    too bad it is not cultivated and valued more ..
  • Will on... sglmom 2012/06/22 17:55:11
    Will on the road again
    Well said!!
  • Tom Dundee 2012/06/22 16:35:05
    Tom Dundee
    Time is relative,
    in 2008, they were damn dumb when a majority of the electorate voted for 0bama.

    They got smarter in 2010 and smarter yet in 2012, that will be obvoius in November.
  • Ken 2012/06/22 16:19:59
    Yes, definitely.
  • Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/22 15:32:07
    I doubt people are any dumber than they have been in the past, they've just allowed others to think for themselves and have become lazy in the process. Eventually they'll become smarter through desperation.
  • Will on the road again 2012/06/22 15:23:58
    Will on the road again
    I don't know if people are dumber. There is a lot more available information out there, but a lot of it is just crap. I think the most interesting part of this article is that it takes a politician to retire before he truthfully answers a question. That's pretty sad.
  • tommyg ... Will on... 2012/06/22 16:21:34
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    No doubt.
  • Franklin 2012/06/22 14:12:41
    Yes , people are blinded by hatred . They fallow the personality and not the principal or facts ...we are now a nation of “diversity” with no history and no future ! And that is change you can believe in !
    But whats great about the dumb-ing down of America is that we no longer argue about the answers we now argue about the questions !
  • Sister Jean 2012/06/22 13:34:55
    Sister Jean
    some have

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