I guess this kind of stuff makes for good tv – people love to laugh. Well, it’s one thing to laugh at a comedian or at stupid animal tricks, but we’re talking about Americans who get to vote!
If you’re unfamiliar with some of the names that were thrown out to the people on the street by the interviewer in this video, let me help you out. In case you’ve been living under a rock since 1996, “Judge Judy” is a highly successful reality courtroom show presided over by retired Manhattan Family Court Judge Judith Sheindlin. (I’m proud to say that I watch the show every day and want to be Judge Judy when I grow up.)
Back to the video. The first question asked was about Obama’s decision to appoint Judge Judy to the Supreme Court. My immediate reaction would’ve been, “You’re kidding.” Then I would’ve thought to myself, “if there really was a vacancy on the Court, which Supreme Court Justice retired or died? – How come I didn’t read about that?” No one recognized the absurdity of the question.
Instead, the first guy says, “Well, he’s granted that power.” Where did this guy go to school? Obama doesn’t appoint anyone to the Supreme Court – he gets to nominate someone and the Senate gets to confirm that nomination.
The next question asked was whether Judge Judy was an adequate replacement for Judge Bruno Tonioli (a judge on Dancing with the Stars). The gal answered she didn’t know if “adequate” was the word but she understood why he would make that decision. Please explain it to the rest of us!
The next gal (with the baby in her arms) was asked if she thought Judge Judy would get along with current Supreme Court Justice Carrie Ann Inaba (another judge on DWTS) and whether their policies on the samba, tango, etc. would cause a clash. She said she hoped they would find mutual ground and that it’s not about their personal opinions. According to this person, “they’re representing us – they need to work for us.” Without a doubt, this person deserves this week’s “Stupid Woman-on-the-Street Award” not only because she doesn’t have a clue about the Supreme Court, but she gets to vote and breed as well.
The last gal was asked to name her favorite Supreme Court Justice to which she responded, “the one guy that’s really old.” The interviewer then suggested, (the actor) “Judge Reinhold,” and she said, “yeah.”
As for the guy who thinks Judge Judy, “she a gangsta,” well, he leaves me speechless. Hopefully, he’s so stoned or out there, he doesn’t find his way to the voting booth.
If we’re to believe “every vote counts,” then, everyone – and I mean everyone – should be tested to insure they know the basics of how our government works. It shouldn’t matter how many people were interviewed and knew the correct answers or said, “this is a joke, right?” Even if there were only 5 numbnuts out of 20 who hadn’t a clue about the Supreme Court, then those five votes are cast by people who are completely stupid, uninformed or misinformed.
When I read a report that “four in ten Americans (42%) are unaware that the ACA [Affordable Care Act] is still the law of the land,” “including 12 percent who believe the law has been repealed by Congress, 7 percent who believe it has been overturned by the Supreme Court and 23 percent who say they don’t know enough to say what the status of the law is,” that is frightening.
At a recent gathering in Colorado to celebrate the legalization of weed, a gal had no idea what “sequester” meant, one wasn’t worried about “ricin,” another didn’t know who Gabby Giffords was and another, when asked if she knew who the “Iranians” were, looked puzzled and said, “Uraniums”?
If I were Empress of the World, people would be required to take the test given to those who want to become citizens. Don’t bother giving me a Constitutional lesson about our “right to vote.” I can’t believe our Founding Fathers could ever have imagined how anyone, in the 21st Century with every conceivable source of information available to us at our fingertips through the internet, could be as stupid as the people in these videos.
I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.
P.S. Did I say I want to be Judge Judy when I grow up?