January 8, 2020
This is a very old meme but still an important meme.
The “point to Iraq on a map” strategy was employed against supporters of the Iraq War in those days. And it still works with supporters of the Iran War.
As tensions between the United States and Iran rise in the aftermath of the American drone strike that killed the country’s most powerful commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a new Morning Consult/Politico survey finds fewer than 3 in 10 registered voters can identify the Islamic republic on an unlabeled map.
Twenty-eight percent of registered voters were able to accurately label Iran on a map of the Middle East region, according to new Morning Consult/Politico polling conducted Jan. 4-5, before the Iranian military fired missiles at two bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops. Twenty-three percent could identify the country on a larger, also unlabeled, global map. Eight percent of voters thought Iran was Iraq on the smaller map.
The polling experiment sheds light on voters’ geographical unfamiliarity with foreign countries, even those with which the United States has been engaged in sustained conflict. Some respondents fared better than others, however.
Men were about twice as likely as women to be able to identify Iran on both maps, roughly reflecting what a 2017 Morning Consult experiment involving North Korea found. Wealthier and more educated voters were also more likely to get it right, while political party and age were not powerful factors.
If you support war with a country, you should probably know where it is on a map.
And yet, 47% of people supported the assassination of Qasem Soleimani. Many, many more than who know where Iran is located.
This speaks to the larger problem of democracy, and why Jews are so obsessed with spreading democracy across the planet.
I’m not even going to say a person is “stupid” for not knowing where Iran is on a map. Most people have many different things going on in their lives.
However, I will say that if a person cannot point to the location of a country on a map, they should not be allowed to decide whether or not we have a war with it. And yet, democracy theory says that this 72% of Americans that can’t find Iran on a map has a DUTY to be engaged in the political process.
All indicators show that these people do not have any innate desire to participate in the political process, and are not particularly interested in it. In fact, the coerced participation that democracy theory forces on people appears to cause drastic stress in the population.
The Founding Fathers believed that only property-owning white men should be allowed to vote. And as it turns out, around 80% of those who can identify Iran on a map appear to fall into this category.
Universal suffrage is singularly about mobilizing women and the larger body of ill-informed peasantry, who think primarily in emotional terms, against the entire society itself by exploiting their emotionality.
We have tried this idiotic experiment, and it is now time to roll it back.