The Age of Stupidity

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles and
Image courtesy of Stuart Miles and

When are the Congress of the United States and the President of the United States going to end their “Cold War?”

The People deserve an answer.

It is absolutely disgraceful and degrading to hear and listen to the rhetoric emulating from Washington these days. Our elected officials are absolutely content with their babbling and divisiveness, while misery and poverty continues throughout the nation.

In our pursuit of happiness, they, who we have put in office, are the biggest obstacles.

“Our people,” stressed Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, in his Farewell Address to the Nation, noted “…expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on questions of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the nation…”

Regrettably, this has not been the case in recent history…

…children are no longer safe in their classrooms or playgrounds, an entire city has been poisoned by lead because of inept elected officials, citizens have been gunned down in the streets, movie houses, even our places of worships. Who is in charge?

It is unquestionably true that our leaders do not know who our enemies are abroad….and yet our men and women are fighting an invisible army, being killed by men and women they have trained, dying in cities whose names we can’t pronounce. Upon their return from the battle fields, many are dreadfully demoralized and have so many psychological and physical scars that a reported 22 vets commit suicide every day. Their readjustment to life is filled with way too many potholes. Shameful. Disgraceful that this nation, the richest in modern history is not helping them.

My heart breaks each day when the mail carrier delivers yet another letter for another request from one of the charities because the government is not doing its job.

And how I cringe each evening when I settle into my chair and watch the nightly news and learn of yet another holocaust and genocide committed against humankind, sandwiched between yet another TV commercial of a wounded American GI, who has bravely served his country, now put on “display” to help raise funds to help those who can’t help themselves.

If the government can pay its bills to those who manufacture the weapons, the missiles and bombs – yes, as Ike pointed out “the permanent armaments industry of vast proportions”…should it (the government) not also pay ALL of the bills for those who were wounded and scarred by the legal and illegal wars we have been involved in for the past 14 years?

The narrative of the 20th Century, with four wars, two of those World Wars, and the Atomic Bomb is written in blood and has left civilization critically wounded. Earth survived .

We human beings are made for something better than to kill one another….we are not stupid. We are creative beings, beautiful creatures who find dignity in our work and our achievements. We DO work together and have created a remarkable world.

This nonsense in Washington must stop. It is degrading, disgustingly harmful to the nation. The way some of the candidates for the presidency have performed in the debates is outright stupid. It’s more Reality Show than Presidential. The reality of it all is that today and for the foreseeable future, the office of the Presidency of the United States is and will be viewed as the seat of the most powerful figure in history. His – or her – hands will hold the destiny of mankind. Members of Congress hide in the group, each sees him/herself as “only one” of many. It’s so much easier to blame one person, rather than the 535, who have an equal responsibility.

Some may believe my words here are in vain, after all Stupidity has been with us since the dawn of thought. And the United States is not immune to ignorance. The 18th century poet Friedrich Schiller wrote, “Against stupidity the very gods fight in vain.”

Schiller may be right!

Although stupidity may be a virus that seems to have spread in recent years, I believe it can be conquered by education and knowledge. I believe Stupidity is most prevalent in despotisms and dictatorships. Yet I could nominate one of our recent Presidents…

Let’s not go there; I want to be able to continue writing this blog!


bookTom Mooradian was one of 151 Americans who traveled to Soviet Armenia to repatriate during the 1940’s. Thought to be a spy by the KGB, Tom miraculously survived 13 years behind the Iron Curtain winning the hearts of the Soviets through his basketball prowess.  Filled with political drama, romance, and intrigue, Tom’s autobiography, The Repatriate reads like a novel, and will have you guessing how Tom managed to return to America alive.
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2 responses to “The Age of Stupidity”

  1. Thank you, Tom. I think you might have just inspired me to “come out” politically. I am worn down with trying to hold my tongue and be nice to people re the current state of affairs. I actually have a “hidden” site which I have paid much to little attention to, of late. As I scan the political horizon, the landscape is toxic with ignorance and hate. Martin Luther King said that only light can conquer darkness. True. But these days the darkness is so wide and so deep and the light so scattered and dim that something new and more potent is needed to cast out the darkness. We shall see…

    • Don, thank you for your thoughtful comment. I will take a look at your blog. I think it’s important for people who have opinions against hate to voice them. Write away!

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