Villagers believe they are salt of the earth average Americans. Why do the real average Americans sound so much smarter?
Via Show Me Progress, here are a couple of Kansas City Representative Emmanual Cleaver's constituents at a town hall last week:
....Thank you for being here. I came out tonight and much of my significant concerns about moving forward with a military strike against Syria at this time have been spoken to by my fellow constituents.
The thing that I'd like to add, and I apologize if I missed this earlier, uh, western intervention has a very long history in this region of the world as it does in many regions of the world. And I think that this strike will no doubt fit into that historical context. And those interventions have often been oppressive, unwelcome, hegemonic. And I don't agree with that and I don't think that's what we preach here in the United States, although it happens all of the time, all over the world by our [inaudible], by our government. And so I just ask you to think very critically about what this means and how it fits into a much larger global picture. Thank you. [applause]
CNN should hire both of those people. They sound far more informed, cogent and thoughtful than most of the commentary I've seen on cable TV the past couple of weeks.