Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free is a look back into America's history. The author, Charles P. Pierce, believes that any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings or otherwise moves units. He also believes that anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough, and states that fact is that which enough people believe; truth is determined by how fervently they believe it. Idiot America is based on these Great Premises.
Idiot America begins with the author making fun of the Creation Museum which is based on the thought that dinosaurs lived during the same time as man because God created all of the creatures at the same time and Noah brought one of each species (male and female) onto the ark to save them from the flood. I'm not really sure why he feels this belief system is so funny but he seems to think it's hysterical.
The author next discusses Ignatius Donnelly's life story. Ignatius Donnelly published the book Atlantis: The Antediluvian World in which he tried to prove that Atlantis existed. He believes that Donnelly is a crank but somehow elevates him above other cranks because he doesn't really care if other people follow him in his beliefs or not. He feels that most people have abandoned their obligation to be informed citizens and now blindly follow mainstream "idiot heads" without questioning what they're saying.
It seems the author has the most problem with those people who follow conservative religious and political figures. He makes fun of Creationists, Conservatives and Republicans. He doesn't like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, George W. Bush or Glenn Beck and sees no problem speaking negatively about them, but finds fault with those people who feel President Obama is a socialist or fascist. Idiot America is very much biased from the left and I'm not impressed. I think there are idiots in America from both the left and right and to write only about those on the right is to brand yourself as the worst kind of idiot — a biased one.Powered by Sidelines