Saturday, 15 November 2014

Stupid-Enough

Over the last week, I've watched this Jonathon Gruber episode unfold on the Obama health-care episode.  As he kinda admitted on several occasions....seen on video....Americans are "stupid-enough" to be brought into a situation and believe just about anything you tell them.

I've sat and pondered over the term "stupid-enough".

H. L. Mencken once said..."Democracy is the theory that common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."  Yeah, he meant screwed when he said it.

Here's the blunt truth.  America only functions....if enough of us are stupid-enough to just make it work.

When you get all frustrated with taxes from your local county, city and state....try to remember that you were stupid-enough to elect folks into office to give you free stuff, and there is a relationship between the free stuff and taxation.

When you get all frustrated about environmental laws which affect your farm or pasture, you were stupid-enough to allow political folks to screw up the system.

When you travel via airports and get angry over TSA's mess.....you were the one who was stupid-enough to put marginal Presidents into place and allow threats to escalate to the point of 9-11.

When you step into a grocery and question the pricing scheme.....you were the one stupid-enough to allow artificial price controls to fall into place and government guys to gimmick up the mess.

When you get angry over the parking fees at your local NFL football stadium, you were the one stupid-enough to go along with the city or county's inside deal to profit off the team.

When you get perturbed over dead folks voting in your local election, or finding out forty folks voted in your county election who actually reside in the next state over.....you were the one stupid-enough to think elections could be held without a voter-ID.

We hire people for DC jobs each year, to rig up things or build processes to ensure that stupid-enough Americans don't understand the system or the end-result.  We hire news media folks to deliver information in such a way, that stupid-enough Americans never get wise over reality.  We hire foundations to write fake reports over things, so that stupid-enough Americans get fake enthusiasm and support something of a fraud.

Hyped up?  Don't be.  If you want to solve this....don't be stupid-enough.  It's that simple.  Ask questions.  Read different sources.  Ask what the end-result is and how much it costs.  Just because one stupid-enough news reporter says it's a fact, doesn't make it a fact.

In the end, Mencken was right.  Whatever we ask for, we ought to get it good and hard.  And after enough times, we ought to realize the implications of a democracy.

From Latin to English

This week, I noticed that there was a Catholic conference that was conducted up in Baltimore.  A number of topics were going to be brought up at this US conference....but the big deal of the meeting was this talk over taking the exorcism package....currently only in Latin, and converting it to English.

There were some details hyped on the Catholic process for an exorcism.  For example.....it can't just be a priest who finds the situation of a possessed guy and just does the ceremony.  You need to have a bishop (the guy one step down from a Cardinal) who examines all the facts.  Key to the final decision is whether the guy or gal is just a nutcase or really possessed.

What's driving this translation deal to English (it's never gone past Latin, ever)?

I suspect there are fewer people trained in Latin these days.  Few people have interest in the old language, and it's hard to even find a university these days which would offer it.  In the 1700s, almost every single university in existence within the US....mandated at least a basic introduction into Latin.  Today?  There are very few degrees which mandate it, and it's not widely used beyond the medical field.  Herbert Hoover was the last US President who could speak Latin.

The problem I see is that once you get this booklet out there in English.....someone will make a bootleg copy, and then make it widely available.  A week later, ten thousand Americans will be standing on the street or on some front porch.....trying to rid their cousin or neighbor of demonic possession.

Eventually, some TV show will be put up on the Discovery Channel where some fake demonic hunter and his brother travel around the south to rid folks of possession.  Each week will feature a new demon....a new problem.....and always generate mostly idle gossip around the office as folks discuss the demons involved and if it was fake.

If you were asking me....I'd be of the mind to keep the book in Latin and try hard not to turn this into some kind of entertainment gimmick.  We've got enough problems in America today, and throwing some exorcism book into the middle of the mess will push things one notch higher.