Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Main Entry: 1 stu·pid Pronunciation: 'stü-p&d, 'styü-p&d, Function: adjective Etymology: Middle French stupide, from Latin stupidus, from stupere to be numb, be astonished -- TYPE 1 a : slow of mind : OBTUSE b : given to unintelligent decisions or acts : acting in an unintelligent or careless manner c : lacking intelligence or reason : BRUTISH 2 : dulled in feeling or sensation : TORPID (still) 3 : marked by or resulting from unreasoned thinking or acting : SENSELESS4 a : lacking interest or point b : VEXATIOUS, EXASPERATING (this)- stu·pid·ly adverb- stu·pid·ness nounsynonyms STUPID, DULL, DENSE, CRASS, DUMB mean lacking in power to absorb ideas or impressions. STUPID implies a slow-witted or dazed state of mind that may be either congenital or temporary (stupid). DULL suggests a slow or sluggish mind such as results from disease, depression, or shock (monotonous). DENSE implies a thickheaded imperviousness to ideas (too). CRASS suggests a grossness of mind precluding discrimination or delicacy. DUMB applies to an exasperating obtuseness or lack of comprehension (too).


That is quite a list of definitions isn't it? My grandkids think the words, stupid and moron are interchangeable. They are used to describe a sibling who is not doing something the way the other one thinks it should be done, much as many, today, think the same of our Commander-in-Chief.

I have not enough fingers or toes to keep track of the number of times in one day I might hear the word stupid used regarding the mental acuity of G.W. Bush. It strikes me as rather sad that we have a President whose intelligence quotient seems to be in the nether regions. So what does that say about those who have supported him and still continue to do so in light of all the major faux pas perpetrated by this man? While we liberals can have all sorts of insults hurled at our heads, heaven forfend that we should have the audacity to do the same about the opposition. Well, I am about to do just that.

We really need to take a cold, clear look at those instances where stupidity has played a major role in the last 5 years of the Bush Presidency, and how it continues to do so. I must admit that there are times in which it pays to plead a lack of knowledge, and we are all guilty of it, aren't we? But, to be so consistently stupid about a whole host of things, really begs the issue. Why on earth would an otherwise well educated group of people refuse to think for themselves, to weigh the issues on both sides and make an informed decision? Or cloak themselves in the mantel of "might makes right" when that is the stupidest reason to give for ones position. Or, continue to follow a man whose ineptitude, on his own, is a sorry thing to behold? It has to be stupidity.

From the intelligence that was presented, during the transitional days between administrations, totally ignoring warnings from the intelligence community, right up to 9/11, was stupid. To have gone after Bin Laden, in his lair in Afghanistan, was a legitimate exercise. To suddenly back off and leave his capture to a bunch of infighting warlords was stupid. To launch a preemptive war against a country and peoples who had no connection to 9/11, and to think they would not fight back against a resultant occupation was stupid. To think that one could force democracy down the throats of the Iraqi people in a culture so far removed from our own was stupid. Democracy must come from within, and, if it is found to be the will of the people to create a democratic form of government, then it is up to them to do so.

To say that our government's actions in Iraq have not created the insurgency is stupid. To try and force the values of our culture on a foreign people is stupid. To not appreciate the values of their society is stupid. To stand, arrogant and prideful in the face of the nations with which we share this planet is stupid. To not try Saddam Hussein in the ICC is stupid. To say that torture is legitimate is stupid, and dangerous, considering that what we do can come back on our own. Illegally wiretapping American citizens, when there is a court that would lend legitmacy to the operation, is stupid. To knit this presidency into a cocoon of secrecy is stupid.

Looking at a video tape of a blind and brain dead woman and declaring that she was not, was stupid, Dr. Frist. Wielding power as if no one could stop you, that you had free rein and could play fast and loose with Congress, was stupid Mr. DeLay. To have based your administration on an agenda of fear, mistrust and smear was stupid Messrs. Bush, Chency and Rumsfield, because not all of us buy into the lies. To speak of mushroom clouds when there was nothing legitimate to back that spectre up wuth, was stupid, Ms. Rice. Even those who did, initially, buy the whole enchillada, are now seeking legitimate answers to legitimate questions and what they are hearing is stupid. It would seem that this administration had adopted P.T. Barnum's motto as their own which was stupid, as not all of us are suckers.

Taking more than one opportunity to stand up, and tell the American public that the least competent members of your administration are doing "a heck of a job" was stupid. To single out one southern, white man, who even on his worst day has more than most victims of Katrina could ever hope to see, and talk about the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast, showing his loss, was stupid. Denying knowledge of people or things, which you have to know will come out sooner or later, is stupid. "Staying a course", which is proving not to be very successful, is stupid. Interrupting a Texas ranch vacation to fly back to Washington, to the "aid" of the blind and brain dead woman, and then to extend a Texas ranch vacation after thousands were displaced by hurricane Katrina, was stupid. Letting one's mother speak in public was, well, stupid.There is not enough time in the day to write about all the varying levels of stupidity in our current government, nor, would I really wish to list them all. That could very well be an exercise in depression.

But I invite you to go back and read all the words, and definitions, which can be used to describe this President, the face we are showing to the rest of the world through his actions, then sit back and think about stupidity being a legitimate high crime or misdemeanor.

Susan B. Goodwin