My problem is that the Sanders and Trump campaigns are for people who enjoy replacing reason with emotion, rationality with rationalizing -- and the Clinton campaign is for people willing to replace memory with imagination (or perhaps a searing white emptiness).
If you like any of them (or the other candidates), good for you! I didn't say you were stupid, just indulging in one form or another or wishful thinking. Things will surely be better if you're right and I'm wrong.
...But the electoriat in general is dumb and steadily getting dumber. I read Cyril Kornbluth's "Marching Morons" stories years ago; I know what it means when "performance" cars have to play engine sounds through the stereo system to keep the driver happy. The vapid uselessness of popular culture mounts steadily and in more ways than one. We're well past the Age Of The Common Man and entering the age of the Illiterate Techno-Peasant With A Grudge. Better buckle in; it's going to be bumpy. Care for a nice glass of lead-laced water for the ride?
(And yet-- And yet! Says right here the Flynn Effect shows we're getting less stupid, though the trend may be leveling off in the most-developed countries. One wonders if there is a similar metric for common sense -- and if it shows an opposite trend.)
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