Trump has made explicit what the Republicans have surreptitiously been promoting for some time: ignorance as a virtue. The GOP has long derided intelligence, education and expertise as belonging to the liberal elite, not everyday working Americans. And the GOP has seen that the latter don’t obtain such real virtues by destroying the educational system and creating an economy that keep us all working long hours in typically more than one job just to eat and pay the rent.
But President Obama, with his wretched erudition and eloquence noted the following in his Rutger’s graduation address:
“Facts, evidence, reason, logic, an understanding of science – these are good things. These are qualities you want in people making policy. […] Class of 2016, let me be as clear as I can be. In politics, and in life, ignorance is not a virtue. It’s not cool to not know what you’re talking about. That’s not ‘keeping it real,’ or ‘telling it like it is.’ That’s not challenging ‘political correctness.’ That’s just not knowing what you’re talking about.”