Philosopher and novelist George Santayana gave us the aphorism, 'Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it." (Or was it, those who ignore history? Depends on which source of information you believe. Either way, the meaning is clear.)
Since "ignore" is the root word of ignorance, perhaps we should opt for the quote that includes that word.
People frequently do not distinguish between stupid and ignorant. I have often said that many liberals are anything but stupid. Untold numbers of liberals hold advanced degrees and high-powered jobs in the private and public sector. But often they are ignorant of the key areas affecting our politics, our society and our day-to-day interactions: history, economics and the U.S. constitution.
Ignorance and apathy go hand-in-hand, and both maladies have swamped America like the plague. Check out "Watters World" on "The O'Reilly Factor" sometime when Jesse Watters does "man on the street" interviews on college campuses or at spring break. The same people who know all about Miley Cyrus, Snookie and the Kardashians don't know what the three branches of government are, which century we signed the Declaration of Independence, or whether Abraham Lincoln was a founding father. These are the people who voted to re-elect Barack Obama.
A few years ago, I offered an analogy pertaining to Obama, whose rapturous supporters thought could walk on water and would be, hands-down, the best president ever. Think of the parents who are so proud of their talented son on the football team, a guy loaded with potential but lacking in experience. After the starting quarterback goes down with an injury that will sideline him for a few weeks, the wonder boy finally gets his moment in the sun. Surely he will bedazzle.
But alas, when his opportunity to shine arrives, he's not ready for prime time. His parents, teammates and friends look on in horror and empathy when he throws four interceptions, fumbles a couple times, and gets sacked umpteen times. Whether it was nerves, inexperience or just plain lack of ability matters not. Likewise, Obama, seemingly so full of potential in 2008, a bright, shining messiah, had his four years of spectacular failure. But he still got re-elected.
And former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has demonstrated for years that she ain't the sharpest tool in the shed, recently must have made that crystal clear to the few who still believed she had some semblance of intelligence.
In an embarrassing performance involving late-night host John Stewart on "The Daily Show," she first tried to dodge his surprisingly tough questions about the failures of the Obamacare website. Then, when he asked her why it's so hard to find a company that can competently develop a functional website, she replied, "I don't know." She also spouts the absurd line that Obamacare enables people to pursue their dreams without worrying about insurance. (Hey, quit your day job and go for broke on cutting that rap CD or finishing that novel. Let the taxpayers pick up the slack.) Watch the interview if you can suffer stupidity without getting too exasperated.
People like Obama, Pelosi and the hundreds of other hard-left politicians have not learned from the utter failures of progressive policies, which have wrought untold misery, poverty and oppression worldwide for decades. Nor have the useful idiots who voted for them.
I've said it before and I will say it again: Ignorance and apathy are far more likely to destroy our nation than terrorist attacks, sabotage of the electrical grid, nuclear war or a general dystopian breakdown, i.e., a Mad Max-like scenario with cities in ruin. Matter of fact, the destruction is already well underway. It's up to us to expose it and oppose it at every turn.