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There seems to be a new trend rapidly growing in popularity today, and it is called, “The Dumbing Down of America.” One can see and feel it wherever they go – on TV, in the schools, in the workplace, in social-settings, and even out in public places. People are becoming afraid to question, oppose, or give their opinion on anything anymore, and are being forcibly discouraged from doing so.

Where before, people would gladly offer their personal thoughts, now they keep their mouths shut and feelings to themselves, and the trend is growing at an alarming rate.

So, what are the roots of this “have no mind – have no thought” syndrome?

Some people say big government is to blame. Others say it is a scourge and brain-washing techniques of special-interest groups and the weapons of modern-day, activism.

With big-brother watching our every move, reading our emails and texts, people are becoming afraid to utter even the slightest words of disapproval. It is happening in politics, education, pop culture and even in the most intimate of social settings.

If one does not hide what one is thinking one risks the danger of attacks from those who support the opposite. It is the first, basic lesson to learn from the “dumbing down” curriculum to get along with the rest of society.

“The idea of and the term dumbing down originated in 1933 as slang, used by motion picture screenplay writers, to mean: “revise so as to appeal to those of little education or intelligence.” – Wiki.

The current dumbing down of America began with the onset of political correctness. It then quickly spread to the social progression movement. People were told to be careful what they say so as not to offend anyone, and only accept the mainstream view as indisputable fact and the law of the land.

It does not matter what the topic is about: politics, religion, sexual orientation, marriage, or even education. To disagree with the current, mainstream thought is to become unkind, uncaring, unsympathetic and wickedly, archaic.

To get along – you have to go along, and accept what comes along – whether you like it or not.

As disturbing as it may sound, it has become an acceptable way for government and special interest groups to force their will upon the people. First, they dumb you down by saying that you are unintelligent, or “on the wrong side of history.” Then they bombard you on social media sites, news programs, talk shows, and wherever else their minions of converts will listen.

The dumbing down of our young children is also taking a frightening turn in the public school system. By initiating programs like the “Common Core” education initiative, educators are teaching our children to think unconventionally, by using complex and bizarre, problem-solving methods to solve the simplest of problems.

This new method of teaching is designed to defy common sense and traditional learning skills and render them outdated, thus paving the way for a “new world order” way of thinking.

It works like this: If someone is taught to complicate the obvious, then they can never be expected to argue with the suggested solution. They will only accept the proposed solution as fact, no matter how unnatural and ill-conceived it appears.

Although some may convince others that this ideology is making them smarter, it is only reprogramming them to be members of a society governed by one, dominating global entity. It is the reengineering of intelligence to insure that no opposition can thwart a radical, new world whose sole intention it is to eradicate conventional logic and to govern accordingly.

It is Orwellian in nature, socialistic in context, and a disguise to promote only one set of standards in the physical, as well as in the moral world.

The dumbing down of America is spreading at a destructive pace. It is being seeded into the minds of our young and being forced upon those who are afraid to contradict or question its authority.

Sooner or later, it will become too late to reverse its damaging effects.

Only when Americans resolve themselves to tighten the hold on their own, personal convictions and beliefs, will the dumbing down of America cease to exist.


Joseph E. Rathjen is a book author, and an Opinion Writer at 1World Online – America’s Fastest Growing Research Engine.

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13 thoughts on “The “Dumbing Down of America” – A Disturbing, Rising Trend

  1. A very interesting article.

    Dumbing Down has always terrified me – our greatest tool is our mind – to question, search out, learn, listen, discuss, reason and choose principles etc. To mindlessly accept, without question or thought bothers the hell out of me – I’ll never accept it – but then, perhaps the masses are content to follow like lambs to the slaughter – because if one chooses to blindly accept, and dance to the crazy parameters set by the status quo then it means no personal responsibility – for anything anymore. How sickening.

    Great piece Joe ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Pat. It’s that great tool (the mind) that radical movements fear the most. They know that it is the most powerful weapon we have against them. Guard yours with great enthusiasm. ๐Ÿ˜Š

      • Yes, indeed – it’s a bit covert – but then again, the most powerful means of freedom and liberty come from the ability to reason and stand up and question when most others are afraid or numb.
        Cheers Joe ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thank you for saying what I have been feeling for years now. I used to be an avid movie goer and I very much enjoyed television. Slowly that began to decline to the point I can’t stand to tune in anymore. Between outrageously stupid commercials, no “real” news. it more like a Current Affair news and celebrity news these days. The many shows are odd and they lack substance, the list goes on. I also began to notice how many sales people have no idea what they’re selling, it seems we know more than they do because we look things up on the net to get try to be more informed before buying a product. Also some companies try to intimidate you by trying to “silence” you. You speak up, you’re considered a whiny, or a complainer, companies won’t say that but the advocates who stand by them make that assertion. Imagine what the world would be like if nobody speaks up? This is a bad and dangerous message to send. They’re marketing their businesses more and more this way, but sorry I don’t buy it.

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