Monday, November 17, 2008

Celebrating the Election? Think Again

All right, after this post, I promise, I will have nothing further to say about the 2008 presidential election. (I will, of course, reserve the right to comment about the inanities of the future Administration as they are dutifully proposed and passed by our pandering representatives.) In response to the truly pitiful video that follows, you may, of course, maintain that the editors selected a particularly egregious sample of "Obama voters." Simple mathematics and logic, however, would show you that such cannot be the case.

For if there were, as reported, 66,882,230 ballots cast for Obama, then if you set out to find the twelve most ignorant voters, and managed to conduct four interviews per hour, 24 hours per day from the election until now, you would have interviewed only 96 voters each day for 13 days up to Nov. 17, or 1,248 voters total. So what are the odds that in 1,248 out of 66,882,230 voters, you just happened to hit upon the most illiterate twelve? Pretty infinitesimal, as you should see. (And it's pretty obvious from the background of the video that these interviews were all filmed on November 4, Election Day itself---so the odds just became even more infinitesimal.)

Now, then, having established the premise of this post, watch, and weep for your country, whose fate is dependent on the intellects of voters such as these, as drilled in the facts by our---oh, yes!---unbiased media:

See also this survey. We are now at the tipping point, I would submit, where we either stop turning elections into a popularity contest, or else prove the truth of Thomas Jefferson's warning some 200 years ago:
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity. "

And to round out your post-election depression, here is a wonderful video from our friends at that inimitable source of political satire, The Onion:

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