Isn't it obvious? We gave women the right to vote. As Raw Story reports:
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a tea party activist that's appeared several times on Fox News, and founder of an organization where Sean Hannity serves as an advisory board member, said in a sermon recently published to YouTube that America's greatest mistake was allowing women the right to vote, adding that back in "the good old days, men knew that women are crazy and they knew how to deal with them."
I'm completely on Patterson's side, in fact, I'm sure he agrees with me that the real problems began when we extended the franchise to anyone other than white male landowners over 21. I can see a new movement to cast off the vote arising for the glory of our nation - women, poor folk, non-white folk joining together to reclaim their lost legacy - marital rape, domestic violence, slavery, illiteracy, being 3/5ths of a human being, lacking legal personhood and disenfranchisement. Me, I'm going to work on the law that says my husband can beat me as long as it is with a stick no thicker than his wrist - bring that one back, baby!
I keep hoping that we have achieved peak stupid, but I fear not so far....this might be close, though.
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As far I know, stupidity doesn't have limits.
Isaac Asimov wrote an entire novel, "The Gods Themselves", which he sometimes claimed was his favorite, based on the quote from Friedrich Schiller; "Against stupidity, the very gods themselves contend in vain." The book proves the point, as I recall; I need to read it again.
Incidentally, it was about humans finding an endless source of free energy...
And, as your hubby should certainly be able to remind you, Einstein chimed in on this point;
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
So far, all attempts to find holes in Einstein's work have failed miserably... I'm thinking it's time to abandon your concept of peak stupid. :-)
Please, I think the stick is to be no longer than elbow to fingertip, and no larger than the thumb. Otherwise it would be so big that beating would be tiring. And it might risk dinner being late.
In 1981, at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, OK, in a US History class I took, I clearly recall the professor (I didn't find his name worth remembering. Strange, that.) told us that President McKinley was the first US President elected on the strength of votes cast by women. ". . Because he looked like a President." The emphasis was the professor's, as I recall the presentation. The prof clearly felt that McKinley's election was unfortunate for the US.
The Tea Party doesn't have an ethics test for determining whether someone is ethical, of sound mind, or a shill for ACORN (Remember the SEIU shills at other Tea Party and town hall meetings?). Even if they good Rev. Peterson were speaking his own belief, his agenda just happens to parallel President Obama's pastor, Rev. Wright, using hate mongering for that feeling of power as you raise a congregation in righteous indignation and wrath, and generous donations.
I am sure that Obama and company have been scouring the nation, looking for such shining lights of faith and liberty to feed the Mainstream Media, as the re-election campaign returns to divide and delude America.
Oh, and about that stick? Lay in a bunch. I imagine they make really good sticks for playing "fetch" with a beloved dog.
Brad K. @ 3:
I'm going to guess you meant Johnson City, TN...
"In his case, there seems to be no final answer to the question, 'How stupid can you get?'" Dwight Eisenhower refering to Senate Republican leader William Knowland of California. Sounds approriate for Rev. Patterson also.
To borrow from an Abbot and Costello routine:
Interviewer hearing this and addressing Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, " Didn't you ever go to school stupid?"
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, responding: "Yes, and I came out the same way."
This is an interesting read about the development of the property rights of married women in Texas. Basically up to 1967, everything was in my father's name. Mother was the accountant and wrote the checks, signing my father's name. When my father passed away in 1975, we asked the bank what to do. Bank said go on as you have until the estate is settled. So my father was still signing checks for about a year after his death.
Another story, we have poll tax receipts from back in the 60's (don't have them at hand). Mine is made out to "Jim Ed" as I am known at home, and the other is made out to "Jim Ed's wife".
I hope you're right about peak stupidity, but I seriously doubt it. I expect to see more of this kind of stupidity as we go down Hubbert's curve, not less. People will be looking for someone to blame, and formerly oppressed minorities will look especially tempting, especially those in positions of power.