Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It Would Be Funny If They Didn’t All Carry Guns

Yahoo published the results from a brand new Harris Poll of self-described Republicans. It has the most comedic results ever. Or the most pathetic.

I can’t decide.

It’s more of the “belief” overtaking proven fact and reality. Are you ready?

67 percent of Republicans (and 40 percent of Americans overall) believe that Obama is a socialist.

Except that he isn’t.

57 percent of Republicans (32 percent overall) believe that Obama is a Muslim.

[Even though they themselves tried to tie him to his fiery Christian minister after said minister made a few poorly thought out statements]

45 percent of Republicans (25 percent overall) agree with the Birthers in their belief that Obama was "not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president."

[Again, not even close. And do we really think Hilary would have let this one slide if it had even a shred of possible truth?]

38 percent of Republicans (20 percent overall) say that Obama is "doing many of the things that Hitler did."

[I’m guessing that close to 100% of those folks could only tell you two things Hitler did: gas jews and gays. Doesn’t really remind me of Obama. Actually reminds of Republicans.]

Scariest of all, 24 percent of Republicans (14 percent overall) say that Obama "may be the Antichrist."

[If they be the “Christians,” then one can only hope.]

The article goes on to say, “Respondents without a college education are vastly more likely to believe such claims, while Americans with college degrees or better are less easily duped. It's a reminder of what the 19th-century educator Horace Mann once too-loftily said: "’Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge.’"

I’m liking Mr. Mann.

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