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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Class is in session

Today's topic: Us. Or, as I like to think of it (justifiably or not), Them.

I really am about to start grading, so cannot go read the source piece ("Down With the People" by Jacob Weisberg, over at Slate) right now, but plan to do so later. The excerpt ("Are Americans Themselves to Blame?") over at The United States of Jamerica caught my attention, though. Here's a taste:

The usual way to describe such inconsistent demands from voters is to say that the public is an angry, populist, tea-partying mood. But a lot more people are watching American Idol than are watching Glenn Beck, and our collective illogic is mostly negligent rather than militant.

Weisberg has, in my opinion, a valid point. That being, in a nutshell, that our populus is a hot mess, making it not at all surprising that our government is a train wreck. I'll see what else he's saying once I've gotten some papers graded, and reserve the right to object at such time.

But, what do you think?

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