I just listened to the President's press conference this morning. Expressing confidence in his embattled Attorney General, Bush said Gonzalez "did no wrongdoing." Of course, the Fox News website misquoted him in an effort to correct the President's grammar: ("...there's no wrong doing"). Most people who have a fair grasp of the English language know that our President is grammatically challenged. Not occasionally, but almost daily. This has given rise to what is now known as Bushisms. Frankly, I find it to be an embarrassment ... one that could be overlooked if balanced by a stellar record of accomplishment, but no.
Formal 'education' is not a prerequisite for intelligence and wisdom. However, education can often remedy ignorance. Yes, it bothers me that the states with the least number of college educated adults proved to be the base of support that reelected GW Bush in '04. Proof is found in the statistics.
Consider the US Census Bureau's stats that show the % of adults over 25 that have completed a Bachelor's Degree ranked by state. When sorted by states whose electoral votes went to Bush, the results are glaring:
Just look at the chart at the bottom of this page (link). The further 'south' you go in educational attainment, the deeper you delve into 'Bush country.' Stats also show that the 25 states with median household income less than the national median, 23 (92%) voted for Bush. I was reminded of this fact on a weekend off-road motorcycle trip when I came out of the state forest in Cheatham County to find a trailer surrounded by trash and unimaginable squalor ... and a large "BUSH/CHENEY '04" sign proudly tacked to the fence. Scary redneck'sville! Yep, that's what I'm saying, if you're a redneck or trailer trash, you probably voted for Bush.
12 of the TOP 14 states in % of college educated adults voted for John Kerry: D.C., MA, CT, MD, NJ, VT, MN, NH, WA, NY, CA, RI
ALL of the BOTTOM 16 states in % of college educated adults voted for Bush: WV, KY, MS, AR, NV, IN, AL, LA, TN, OK, IA, OH, SD, SC, WY, NM
This educational deficit among Bush voters also explains why a third of the population continues to dogmatically support the President despite how badly he has done. It is the least educated and most ignorant of our population that is most susceptible to manipulation by fear, simplified political jargon, and buzz words (like the so-called "moral values" GOP platform). Demagoguery also played upon the simple minded in the election. Conservatives have made the word "liberal" synonymous with god-less, cowardly, indecisive, etc... but does anyone care to really understand what these words actually mean?
Here's an explanation from Roget's Thesauraus. Which group would YOU be more proud to be a part of?