“Is We Getting Dummer?”*: Special Election Edition


“A woman attempting to vote in West Boca Raton this morning was initially prohibited from entering the polling place because she was wearing a t-shirt with the letters MIT. BocaNewsNow.com has heard from multiple sources that an election supervisor at the polling place ultimately realized that MIT stands for “Massachusetts Institute of Technology” — a school where students tend to know how to spell — and was not a campaign shirt for the Republican candidate, who spells his name MITT. Campaigning is not permitted within several yards of a polling place. The woman was ultimately allowed to vote.”

This, mind you, was an election supervisor.

This certainly helps me understand why it is just thinly-veiled voter suppression to insist that voters be able to identify themselves at the polls, because nobody would ever try to try to vote under a false identify when our democratic process is being guarded by our best and brightest.

Once again, let me state that any electoral result is preferable to having another election hinge on the integrity of the system in Florida.

* A quote from “IQ 83” by Arthur Herzog

3 thoughts on ““Is We Getting Dummer?”*: Special Election Edition

  1. Interesting science fiction reading, but unfortunately, regardless of the reason for the problem in the book, we’re already there. IQ is a snapshot of intelligence at a particular point in time; our culture has dumbed down even people who would score higher: with bad schools, teachers who can’t be fired, a pop culture that holds movie stars and fashion above personal responsibility and intelligent behavior, an emphasis on “things” and not ideas, and general lazinesss about what it means to be part of an “informed electorate.” People vote for the candidates who have the most effective, or meanest, advertising, are too lazy to check the facts on their own, etc. People vote on single issues over which a president has no power, and allow slanted media to “inform” their opinions. They vote “concepts,” not “facts,” on appeal instead of ability (and probably don’t care about the difference) and shame on them. My favorite exit poll on TV was the woman who voted for a particular candidate “because I kind of like him.” Informed electorate, indeed. The founders are rolling over in their graves…

  2. You can never reduce the population’s IQ to 83. IQ, like ACT and SAT scores are normed to the average value. The average IQ is 100 by definition. Even if every one becomes dull enough that the average score on a 4 option, multiple-choice IQ test is 25%, that become IQ=100. The nation’s IQ, ACT, and SAT scores never rise or fall due to changes in the people taking the test. They change when the maker’s of the test change the score they assign to the mean value. Just remember that the next time some legislator or educator decides that we need to raise the SAT scores of incoming college students in this country (the only way to do that is to accept fewer students).

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