On the heels of the McChrystal firing Rusmussen conducted a poll that seems to have determined twenty-eight percent (28%) of U.S. voters think civilian control of the military is bad for the U.S.? And fewer than 50% think it’s a good idea?

What the fuck?

Does ANYONE really think we should have unbridled military control? Without civilian oversight?

Did Rasmussen limit their call list to 14 year old boys who just watched Taps for the first time?

Jeez guys. No wonder no one believes the numbers you put out about our Governor’s race.

 
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  • Shalom Joseph,

    I no longer get agitated about such reports. There is a percentage — somewhere between 20 and 30 percent — of Americans who are so flat out ignorant that they believe we did find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and that Saddam Hussein was the mastermind behind the 11 September attack on the United States.

    That doesn't mean that I don't think these willfully ignorant people ought not to be watched, I do, but they are what they are, like the proverbial crazy aunt in the attic: dangerous, demanding of our vigilance, but less a threat as long as we don't give them access to sharp objects or matches.

    B'shalom,

    Jeff

  • mvirenicus

    sounds about right. 28% is the figure i've used repeatedly to describe the batshit crazy segment of the population.

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  • I think that every one of us is part of a 28% slice on one topic or another. I figure it might be willfully ignorant on our parts to assume that every time we see a 28-30% political statistic to assume that it represents the exact same demographic as the last time we saw those numbers.

  • Shalom Adam,

    Ouch!

    If we were talking about say, Coke vs. Pepsi and the importance of class size as regards the quality of education, I might take your point.

    But when those numbers continuously show up associated with Neocon/Religious Wrong/Teabagger talking points, well, I do see a pattern.

    B'shalom,

    Jeff

  • I just meant that there's not exact overlap between Neocon/Religious Wrong/Teabaggers on all points, and used a crummy analogy to make that point.

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