Friday, November 05, 2004

Jane Smiley on the nature of Bush's victory

The unteachable ignorance of the red states
The election results reflect the decision of the right wing to cultivate and exploit ignorance in the citizenry. I suppose the good news is that 55 million Americans have evaded the ignorance-inducing machine. But 58 million have not. (Well, almost 58 million—my relatives are not ignorant, they are just greedy and full of classic Republican feelings of superiority.)

I've long wondered how politicians are able to mask their disgust and disdain for the undecided voter -- and for those who are so easily manipulated.

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