More and more I’m feeling like this. I mean, when I lived overseas and our government did stupid things like the Viet Nam war, people would console me by saying that the American people were good, it was just our government. But now it seems like we finally elected a president who is actually fairly good, reasonable, and intelligent, and now it is the American people who are being absolutely stupid. If we hand control of Congress back to the Republicans, or even worse, to tea party candidates like Christine O’Donnell, then heaven help us.
UPDATE: Never let it be said that I exclusively pick on Republicans — voting for Charlie Rangel was pretty stupid too. Some may say that Rangel is not in the same league of crazy as O’Donnell, or even Palin, Bachmann, or Angle. But read this interesting article by Glenn Greenwald that makes the point that it isn’t the positions of the Tea Party candidates that are crazy — they have similar positions to most politicians, both Republican and Democratic — but that they are less couth and devious in talking about their positions.
UPDATE 2: According to this article, it is very likely that Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” will have more attendees than Glenn Beck’s recent “Restoring Honor” rally, and that’s not even counting Stephen Colbert’s “March to Keep Fear Alive” that is happening at the same place and time. Maybe there is hope for us after all.