For the past twenty years, I have avoided the Jerry Springer Show. It’s the butt of many jokes. He’s the charlatan of showmanship. He features losers, abusers, weepers and creepy people. I have been told that if all his guests’ minds were collected at one time, they wouldn’t equal the IQ of a patch of dandelions.
Acquaintances told me that Springer features every kind of indecent, pathetic and aberrant behavior known to human society. He pits really mentally challenged people against one another. He shames them. His audiences equal his guests in extremely improvident behavior. The Maury Povich Show equals Springer’s carnival show with its own brand of inane behavior.
Even worse, guests are too anthropologically debased to be ashamed of their own behaviors. Let the show go on…“Jerry, Jerry, Jerry….” Unfortunately, millions of Americans watch those shows every weekday of the year.
After having escaped two decades from the clutches of Springer’s maniacal TV show, somebody turned it on at the gym where I work out and pedal a stationary bicycle. Last week, I received a mainline injection into my brain stem of the most debauched, depraved and morally bankrupted 30 minutes of my life.
Springer’s guests showed their intellectual brain power somewhere between the Cro-Magnon Man and a T-Rex. In the absolutely insane episode I witnessed, a horribly obese white woman missing three front teeth charged that a skinny as a rail African-American man had fathered four of her kids, but wouldn’t pay child support. “Why did you have four kids with him?” asked Springer. “I loved him and I still do,” she said, weeping uncontrollably. To make it even more incredibly ludicrous the father had an affair with the woman’s mother.
Springer had ordered a paternity test on the forthcoming child to determine the identity of the father. The crowd sounded like a thousand hungry Romans at a gladiator game in the Coliseum.
“Throw them to the lions,” I screamed in a moment of losing my intellectual, emotional and social balance. “Let them suffer in hellfire and condemnation!”
As I sat there, a former math-science teacher, I couldn’t help wondering what has become of our society. If you watch Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown, Judge Grace and a few of the other judges on daytime TV, you see a parade of nit-wits, morons, scoundrels and idiots that stretches for years into the future.
What is our civilization moving toward?
Ben Franklin and the Founding Fathers understood that educating the common man was the only method for successfully operating a Constitutional Republic. This society needs critical thinkers, intelligent workers and productive participants in order to successfully render health, life and the pursuit of happiness.
Disturbing fact: 42 million Americans suffer functional illiteracy according to the National Right to Read Foundation. They cannot read, write or perform simple math. Another 50 million Americans cannot read past the 4th grade level.
The number of adults that are classified as functionally illiterate increases by about 2.25 million each year.
20 percent of high school seniors can be classified as being functionally illiterate at the time they graduate.
Source: National Right to Read Foundation
Where Illiteracy Leads
70 percent of prisoners in state and federal systems can be classified as illiterate. [2.3 million Americans languish in jails]
85 percent of all juvenile offenders rate as functionally or marginally illiterate.
43 percent of those whose literacy skills are lowest live in poverty.
7,000 teens drop out of American high schools every day; one every 26 seconds
NBC anchor Brian Williams reported that 1.2 million teens hit America's streets every June unable to read or write. Detroit, Michigan epitomizes this country's educational dilemma: 76 percent dropout/flunkout rate. Dozens of cities across the country suffer 50 to 60 percent dropout rates.
CNN reported on August 30, 2010, "7,000 American high school students drop out every day; one every 26 seconds."
Another 43 million Americans subsist on food stamps! I cannot emotionally or intellectually get my arms around 43 million Americans sucking off the public taxpayer rolls. We’re talking about 42 million illiterates and 50 million nearly illiterates that almost cover one-third of the American population of 312 million.
What’s more, they are multiplying faster than the rest of us that earned a high school diploma and graduated from college.
A recent piece by Dottie Lamm in the Denver Post showed that 68 percent of African-American children grow up with a single parent usually the mother. The question grows: how do we educate a burgeoning population of intellectually bankrupt Americans that cannot provide for themselves? The story showed 50 percent single mothers for Hispanics and 34 percent for Whites.
What do you want to bet they all watch Jerry Springer, Maury Povich and Judge Judy?
Additionally, we inject into our country another 3.1 million poverty stricken people from Somalia, Ethiopia, Mexico, Congo, Bangladesh, Sudan and other similar places year in and year out? How many rocket scientists do you think we obtain from that group?
At what point do we expect to educate our 92 million that lack any ability to function intelligently? If you have ever watched Springer, you know he presents the audience with a soliloquy at the end of the show that admonishes his listeners to, “Take care of your neighbors, be kind to pets and show that you really care about your fellow human being. We are all part of a great and glorious plan to bring about goodness in the world….” Yeah, right Jerry!
My prognostication? If we continue on this current path, we will develop a culturally entrenched subclass that will become intractable. It will out-birth educated citizens and overwhelm our welfare systems beyond feasibility. It will grow beyond solving and siphon this civilization down the toilet. With 42 million subsisting on food stamps today, we’re already there!
BTW, that’s the last Jerry Springer I will ever watch. I may have lost a dozen IQ points via visual osmosis. I’ve never seen so many dumb people assembled in one place in my life!