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The shocking extent of cluelessness among the American people

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Frank Bruni OFFERS EXAMPLES of the American public’s curious detachment from certain facts:

The  problems with our country’s political discourse are many and grave, but an insufficient attention to Obamacare isn’t among them…

So explain this: according to a recent poll, roughly 40 percent of Americans don’t even know that it’s a law on the books…The people confused about it include no small number of the physicians I know and probably a few of the law’s authors to boot.

But 40 percent of Americans are clueless about its sheer existence. Some think it’s been repealed by Congress. Some think it’s been overturned by the Supreme Court. A few probably think it’s been vaporized and replaced with a galactic edict beamed down from one of Saturn’s moons. With Americans you never know.

According to a survey I stumbled across just weeks ago, 21 percent believe that a U.F.O. landed in Roswell, N.M., nearly seven decades ago and that the federal government hushed it up, while 14 percent believe in Bigfoot.

According to another survey, taken last year, about 65 percent of us can’t name a single Supreme Court justice. Not the chief one, John Roberts. Not the mute one, Clarence Thomas. Not even the mean one, Antonin Scalia…

That we Americans are out to lunch isn’t news. But every once in a while a fresh factoid like the Obamacare ignorance comes along to remind us that we’re out to breakfast and dinner as well…

A clueless electorate is a corruptible one…

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  1. Robert

    Don’t get me going.

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