I found this George Carlin quote on a piece I wrote back in 2012. At the time the topic was one particular anti-abortionist. What a shame that it still rings true — only these days it seems to apply to more people than ever before. This time, instead of just anti-abortionists, it applies to members of the Republican Party. All of them. The anti-abortionists, the conspiracy theorists, the insurrectionists, the fascists and neo-nazis, the politicians, and most of all, the Trumpists and the ex-president himself. Those who don’t fall into one of those categories fall into an even worse category — those who, apparently, have abandoned any semblance of critical thinking, self-respect, and love of country to continue to associate with and thereby support the aforementioned groups.
The Republican Party is rotting from within and circling the drain. And the only reason for it that I can think of is that, as Carlin said, the average Republican is stupid (or willfully ignorant, which is infinitely worse) and “half of them are stupider than that.”
We lost Carlin in 2008. What a shame. He’d have had a field day with today’s hyperpartisan America.
Here’s the above quote in context: