Americans Have the 'Right to Be Stupid' & These 5 Politicians Lead the Way

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Hold the presses! This conservative Republican chick agrees with John Kerry about something. While addressing a group of students in Berlin, the Secretary of State said that in America, “you have a right to be stupid if you want to be.”

That’s completely true. In the land of the free and the home of the brave, we protect people’s right to say the dumbest stuff ever. Thank goodness for our politicians, because sometimes they really should think before they speak.

In honor of John Kerry, here’s a list of some dumb things that our elected officials have said recently:

President Obama said Tuesday, “You can’t do things by yourself.” He was referencing legislation, and how Congress needs to work with their constituents to figure out which issues need addressing, but it came out all wrong. Kind of like “you didn’t build that.”

On the other side of the aisle on the same day, House Speaker John Boehner said that the Senate needs to “get off its ass” and work on a budget. Granted, the Senate hasn’t passed a budget in years, and now there’s this sequestration thing going on ... but come on; he could’ve found a better way to express his frustration.

Colorado Congressman Joe Salazar doesn’t think women should be able to protect themselves if a rapist attacks them. “It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles,” he said earlier this month, while addressing gun rights. He continued, “... and you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around, or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop ... pop around at somebody.” Rape whistles? Seriously?

State assemblyman Dov Hikind defended himself Monday: “Of course the intention was not to offend anyone. That’s the last thing that I ever imagined that would happen, to be very honest. It never crossed my mind.” He was talking about a costume party he hosted -- where he wore blackface, an Afro wig, sunglasses, and a jersey as a “black basketball player.” Come on, man. It’s 2013. Get your head out of your you-know-what.

Who can forget Senate candidate Todd Akin and his infamous “legitimate rape” comment? So. Much. Stupid.

Do you think Americans have the right to be stupid and/or say stupid things?


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fleur... fleurdelys3110

Thanks for acknowledging that stupidity and foot-in-mouth syndrome exists on both sides of the aisle. Much more balanced than I expected from you. Keep taking the high road Jenny, and let trolls like Maressa scoop up shit.

miche... micheledo

Seriosly, blackface??? That was NOT blackface. Normally I love what you write, but did you see a picture of that man? Everyone calling it blackface is that stupid one.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Jenny-when are you going to get involved in a political race??? All you do is slam politicians but you are not making any effort to fix these problems. People like you are disturbing. Whine whine but zero action.

bills... billsfan1104

Jalaz, she has helped in political races and wrote about them. What has Kiri done? What has Maressa, Janelle, Lindsey(mannering) done? They do nothing and how come you don't call them out? Jenny has also written plenty of articles that are not about politics. But many of you that HATE her, don't take off the hate blinders to see that.

bills... billsfan1104

And I would like to point out that Jenny has slammed both sides of the aisle and I would like to thank Jenny for that. Something that the liberal bloggers on this site are totally incapable of doing. It's refreshing.

bills... billsfan1104

The only thing I don't agree with is the blackface one. It wasn't blackface

jalaz77 jalaz77

Never said hate. Actually run in a race!! Ok let's see some political journalism that isn't on The Stir.

bills... billsfan1104

Oh, I see Jalaz. Some people cannot run, so they do other things.

She just wrote a story about not sleeping and about parenthood. I think if you click on her name you can see her blogs.

mande... manderspanders

John Kerry was very right with his words...  we DO have the right to be stupid and say stupid things here... SORT OF.


The fact of the matter is that everyday, the government does something that is supposedly for the good of the people, to protect themselves from themselves, to legislate against stupidity.  Forrest Gump was right too:  "Stupid is as stupid does."  And sometimes we just need to let the chips fall.


As being more libertarian on things myself, I do have to say that I agree with Boehner... the senate DOES need to get off it's ass and he wasn't wrong to say it publically.  He was also right that Obama needs to challenge his own party and do what needs to be done.  Sometimes you just gotta call a duck a duck and enough with the PC bullshit.

nonmember avatar KA

The Senate can't pass a budget if the President & his cohorts don't present one - WHICH THEY HAVEN'T DONE SINCE HE HAS BEEN IN OFFICE.

In regards to Joe Salazar - well, he's just an effing idiot. I guess women should have some built in mechanism that tells them when they're going to be raped??? Really, does this man have daughters??? The stupidity is just astounding. I have a God given right to protect myself & f*** him if he's going to tell me or any other women or person that they can't protect themselves w/a gun if they feel that is what is best for them. That pisses me off to no freakin' end.

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