The Dumbest Generation


By Michael Graham

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Michael Graham has met the enemy, and they is us. Fifty years after the Greatest Generation fought and died on foreign soil to rescue democracy from fascism, the question facing America is Can we survive the Dumbest Generation? Can a nation of uniquely uninformed idiots living in a culture that celebrates stupidity possibly govern themselves? If the question sounds harsh, you havent read The Dumbest Generation or (author Michael Graham would argue) the Palm Beach Post. From the bumbling balloteers of Florida to the crush of Dumb-and-Dumber culture filling the neighborhood multi-plex, Graham sees a nation of people who should be denied the right to vote in any election not sponsored by TV Guide.

Graham, a former-stand-up comic turned GOP political consultant reveals what people inside the election business have known for years: In the America of the year 2001, ignorant voters arent a problem, theyre a target demographic. They were the foundation and the demise of the ill-fated Gore campaign, and continuing efforts by both political parties to court rather than shun them put American democracy at risk.



THE DUMBEST GENERATION. Copyright © 2001 by Michael Graham. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review.

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First eBook Edition: May 2001

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My favorite political postlude was recorded in The New York Times, the day after Goldwater's overwhelming defeat by President Johnson. An elderly lady was back from the polls and asked her neighbor, who had gone out earlier, whether she had cast her eleventh consecutive vote for a Republican candidate. No, she replied. She had voted for Lyndon Johnson, because she had been "afraid" to vote for Goldwater.

"Why?" was the startled question.

"Because he will take away my TV."

The questioner laughed. "No, no, no, Edith. Senator Goldwater is opposed to the T.V.A., not TV."

"I know, I know. But I just didn't want to take any chances." —As recounted by William F. Buckley, Jr.

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We are the sons and daughters of the American revolution. We are the descendants of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and, later, of Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King Jr. We are the promise keepers of the greatest, most ambitious experiment in individual liberty ever conceived, an experiment nurtured on blood, upheld by laws, and envied around the world.

We are the American people. And we are as dumb as a box of rocks.

Just months into the new century (yep, we even got that wrong), any serious analysis of contemporary America leads to the inescapable conclusion that, while our parents and grandparents may have been the "Greatest Generation," ours is the dumbest.


On Sale
May 15, 2001
Page Count
20 pages