“Idiocracy” is a 2006 comedy starring Luke Wilson as a below-average military Joe who is tapped for participation in a hibernation experiment that winds up going terribly wrong. He wakes up 500 years later in an America that would be a liberal politician’s dream – although to be fair, it would also be the dream of a few unethical marketing executives.
Our hero finds that five centuries hence, everyone is an imbecile. As a consequence, nothing works; America’s infrastructure is in a state of extreme decrepitude, crops don’t grow, and history has been morphed into a ridiculous fairy tale. Reading is frowned upon as being un-cool, and everyone is plugged in to lowbrow mass media. They even have commodes built into their recliners. Wilson’s character is soon lauded as the “smartest man in the world” and enlisted to fix everything.
The film quickly became a cult favorite, but some reviewers claimed that it didn’t get the attention it deserved. My theory on that, and certain other films and commercial statements addressing pop culture, satirical or otherwise, is this: Some of them are either too deep, or hit too close to home.
“Idiocracy” wasn’t terribly deep, but it hit altogether too close to home. Examine the trends in our society against the social convention in the film, and the similarities practically leap out of the narrative. The sabotage of our educational system, increasingly sophomoric marketing messages, the pathos of reality television and the Orwellian bent of political rhetoric illustrate quite handily how the intellectually stultified society in “Idiocracy” could come about.
Many of those in high places in our government are lawyers, and so they’re aware of what they can get away with under the law – somewhat like the safecracker who’s gone to tech school and now knows how to bypass any alarm system. President Obama is a stellar example of this; he became a constitutional lawyer, I contend, expressly so he could use his knowledge to skirt the Constitution.
Some of this breed, along with career politicians who have committed felony theft, embezzlement and treason, usually do so just within the technical parameters of legality, but certainly not the moral ones. On other occasions, they have brazenly ventured outside these boundaries. Hazy laws – which they wrote – provide excellent opportunities. For example: Those in government and the private sector who exploited the subprime mortgage crisis (which was intentionally catalyzed by the radical left) ought to have been prosecuted long ago. Millions of Americans who were economically harmed while Fannie Mae’s Franklin Raines walked away with $90 million in his pockets ought to have been clamoring for his indictment and the return of his ill-gotten gains.
Why weren’t they? Because Americans don’t understand even the surface dynamics of government or banking. This is by design, and in a sense, we are already becoming that idiot population; we’re so dumbed-down that we don’t even understand when we’re being robbed. Much of what is transpiring before our eyes, at this very moment, is criminal in nature, but as I recently stated (referencing the Obama administration’s Operation Fast and Furious fiasco), no one within this corrupt organism will be inclined to prosecute such cases. Although it is illegal for the White House to sabotage a press organization, their surrogates are in a position to do so at their direction, and thus with impunity.
While our elected officials rob us blind, their chums in Hollywood indoctrinate our kids into mediocrity by showcasing domestic-abusing teen parents, Jersey sluts, antisocial rappers and bi-curious, misanthropic losers as perfectly satisfactory role models. The resemblance between some of the morons inhabiting reality television and the Epsilons in “Idiocracy” is nothing if not eerie.
The left is indeed desperate, although they may not necessarily look like it to the casual observer. This is because their mask has been torn off, and an unprecedented number of voting Americans now see their true countenance, which is the political equivalent of a vast, purulent sore, burping noxious gases.
The perceptual problem as it remains is twofold: One, the amount of power they have amassed cannot be underestimated. Operatives such as (billionaire financier and former Nazi collaborator) George Soros have actualized much of their vision through the press and other media creations, and the Democratic Party leadership has been well-infiltrated across the board on state and national levels. Two is that despite the hideous, seething creature revealed by the left’s unmasking, legions of their followers are so somnambulized that, as in the film “Shallow Hal,” all they see is magnificence and beauty.
To a lot of us, the imprudence and surreal absurdity advanced by liberals is so obvious that we’re surprised more people don’t see it as such. While the left revels in calling conservatives stupid, savvy individuals recognize this as feeble projection.
Perhaps in the end, like Wilson’s character in the film, we will come to the realization that despite our opponents’ collective power, their stupidity might be used to our common advantage.