Trump And His MAGA Maniacs Float In The Same Intellectual Void

Yes, there is little doubt that when it comes to general curiosity to want to know things of substance, Trump and his diehard followers are vacuous soul mates.

Pulitzer Prize winning Historian Jon Meacham writes in his latest gem of a book, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, about an H. L. Mencken observation made on the eve of the 1920s Scopes “Monkey Trial.”

Wrote Mencken, “It is common to assume that human progress affects everyone — that even the dullest man, in these bright days, knows more than any man of say, the Eighteenth Century, and is far more civilized…. But the great masses of men, even in this inspired republic, are precisely where the mob was at the dawn of history…. They know little if anything that is worth knowing, and there is not the slightest sign of a natural desire among them to increase their knowledge.”

In essence Mencken is saying that a large segment of humankind fails to stray beyond the ego’s basic mandate of self-preservation and advantage. And so, lacking intellectual curiosity their foundation for sound judgment, to know what is really in the best interest for them, family and friends and the nation, is seriously weakened.

They may be quite proficient in technical matters pertaining to their job and routine day-to-day matters of living, but because of their intellectually unchallenged egos they make a hash of all else.

In other words it possible to possess a healthy 125 IQ and still be intellectually ignorant — vacuously unknowing.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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