Just … unbelievable.
Right now, Corky from Life Goes On is sitting in a room somewhere, watching the election results, shaking his head, saying “wow, the voters of Washington sure are dumb!”
After saying “no” one year ago … just one short year ago, the voters of Washington have inexplicably approved nearly the same initiative that they turned down in 2010 — Initiative 1183.
Costco repackaged the same initiative that was turned down last year, except this year, they spent $22 million advertising it on television. This time, it overwhelmingly passed.
And so it is.
This election, November 2011, has proven conclusively why democracy does not work. American Democracy is two geniuses, 85 moderately intelligent people, and 800 complete morons voting on public policy. The least intelligent of us will always poison the vote.
Here’s the thing … the creative class, otherwise known as the “cognitive elite”, generally possess an IQ > 120. Arguably, this is the threshold for true critical and abstract thinking.
The masses, however … the vast majority of Americans (91%) have an IQ below 120. This in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing. The IQ of the average police officer is estimated to be 104, and most of them seem to get along just fine.
IQ’s of less than 120 do, however, preclude a level of cerebral function required to make informed and independent decisions about complex matters. There is a level of abstraction which is simply impossible for those below a certain intelligence threshold. Instead, these people tend to make decisions based on repetition and consensus. For the duration of their lives, people in this IQ range are likely to vote the same way their parents voted, and to believe in the same god their parents believed in. Repetition and consensus.
This, is by and large, the achilles heel of democracy. It explains why candidates spend so much money advertising, and it explains why the best funded candidates generally win. Facts mean nothing, it’s all about repetition and consensus. It’s why movements like Occupy Wall Street will never work. Movements like this in America are like teaching calculus to chimpanzees. It’s completely futile.
So, what happens to everyone else? The 9% with IQ’s above 120?
Well, they either get into politics and control the subs, make a ton of money and buy the subs, or … they sit in a dark closet and cry at least once a week. They become very, very frustrated. It’s almost cruel to lump them into the same group as their dimmer counterparts. I mean, imagine the Afghan Wolfhounds being allowed to make all of the decisions for the Golden Retrievers. This is the every day reality for the cognitive elite.
Now, from a philosophical standpoint, I didn’t really care which way the 1183 vote went. I don’t care where the masses buy their booze.
What is completely catastrophic to the psyche, however, is the realization that the minds of the masses are so easily swayed by a few corporate dollars. The moment of lucidity when you realize that the convictions of your fellow man are non-existent. That they literally look to television commercials to tell them what to do, when to act, and how to vote. The realization that, no matter how little credit you give to your fellow man, that credit was too generous.
Face it, folks, Democracy does not work. It never has worked, and it never will work. It can’t work. The polls will forever be controlled by a majority vote of the least intelligent.
If you didn’t believe me before, you certainly should now.
After being soundly defeated last year, on the back of a few hilariously deceptive television commercials, 1183 has now been approved.
Kudos, Costco. Kudos. You knew all along what I am just now getting around to writing.
Now if you will excuse me, there is a closet in the hallway with my name on it.