Bill Maher has a lot of people up in arms over his comment on CNN that America is a stupid nation, one reason being that Sarah Palin could become president.
He's right of course, although some of Palin's following could be attributed more to political partisanship than stupidity. There are a lot of Republicans who would look you in the eye and tell you they'd rather vote for a fool than a Democrat.
But what drove me to write here about it was what I heard on the radio driving home, which was a DJ incensed by this comment and challenging callers to defend Maher's comment. The dialogue I heard went something like this:
DJ: So why is Bill Maher right that America is a stupid country?
Caller: Because Americans have no critical thinking skills, no understanding or interest in anything outside our borders.
DJ: Then why do you still live here? How can you be an American and think America is stupid?
Caller: The same way I can love my child and still accept that he's a little shit sometimes.
DJ: Sounds to me you are talking out of both sides of your mouth.
[sigh] This hearkens back to that famous line "You shouldn't live here if you don't speak American good." I was tempted to call in and tell the DJ that his answers were non sequitors, but I doubt he'd have known what those were.