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  • el jefe
  • asleep till 2020 or 2024
Americans are idiots
or rather, here's an additional reason to think so

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/379080-poll-majority-believes-us-tracking-citizens

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The survey also found that 74 percent of respondents believe in a "deep state" when it is described as a collection of unelected officials running policy. Twenty-one percent said they do not believe this kind of group exists.

Re: Americans are idiots
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To be fair that is a bad question for binary answers.

  • el jefe
  • asleep till 2020 or 2024
Re: Americans are idiots
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yeah, maybe it's not as bad as it sounds.  63% of respondents hadn't even heard the term before.  so maybe a lot of these yesses were "sure, whatever" replies.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/379065-majority-in-new-poll-deep-state-manipulating-policy

and the characterization, "a collection of unelected officials running policy", more or less describes something real.  certainly there are a lot of unelected presidential appointees handling a lot of the details.  also, there are a huge number of bureaucrats who largely ignore the president's will (though this is because they are constrained by laws, and incentivized to follow specific job descriptions, also mostly set by law).

though using a loaded term like "deep state", and asking whether people believe in it, suggests something more shadowy and improper than that.

  • ksen
Re: Americans are idiots
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(((deep state)))

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Reply #4
i like when op poster refutes their own op

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  • Monad
Re: Americans are idiots
Reply #5
It's called capitalism

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Reply #6
It's called capitalism
To the extent that anything could be called deep state, it would be the kompromat or allegiances owed to the super rich by governments. Is that what you basically mean?
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  • F X
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The Monmouth University Polling Institute found that 82 percent of respondents believe the government is watching the actions of American citizens. A majority, 53 percent, says they think that spying is widespread, while 29 percent of respondents believe government spying is not widespread.

Only 14 percent of those polled said they do not think the government spies on Americans' activities, while 4 percent said they did not know.

"This is a worrisome finding. The strength of our government relies on public faith in protecting our freedoms, which is not particularly robust," Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray said in a statement. "And it's not a Democratic or Republican issue. These concerns span the political spectrum."
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A majority of those polled, 71 percent, said the spying is justified, with 18 percent saying it's "usually justified" and 53 percent saying it's "sometimes justified." Twenty-six percent of respondents said they thought that the spying is "rarely justified," while 2 percent said it is "never justified."
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Re: Americans are idiots
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So in your idiot opinion, which of those respondents are the idiots?
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  • Pingu
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It's called capitalism

It's called Cambridge Analytica
I have a Darwin-debased mind.

  • el jefe
  • asleep till 2020 or 2024
Re: Americans are idiots
Reply #12
i like when op poster refutes their own op

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in conclusion, americans are quite intelligent