Colossians 2:3-4 (NLT)
3 In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments.
As you watch the video below you may be insulted by Jonathan Gruber’s ‘stupid American voter – or whatever,’ remark? It is an offensive statement. But is it inaccurate?
Perhaps the politically correct term is ‘uninformed’ voter. Stupidity does not necessarily lie in one’s opinion on a particular political issue. Ideologies differ. God created everyone with different interests, gifts, and passions. It is our individual differences that make us better as a whole.
Stupidity lies in the complete disinterest in knowing the truth about an issue, law or candidate. Is it not stupid to cast a vote without seriously considering the consequences of you vote? Has our elections become nothing more than popularity contests and highly publicized agendas? – That does seem to be rather stupid.
Maybe we’re just too busy to research all the issues and candidates to make truly informed decisions… or maybe we are too trusting of those giving us information… or maybe we are just lazy.
I appreciate hearing opposing opinions on issues. We learn and grow when we expose ourselves to the ideas of others. I also take betrayal and deceit very seriously. It is fair to say that most people don’t like to be lied to. When one finds it necessary to use deceit to convince people to accept his idea, it is an admission that the idea is flawed.
Obviously Mr. Gruber, the architect of what is now Obamacare, knew that speaking the simple truth would reveal the flaws in the law. He knew he needed ‘tortured’ language in the law for the Congressional Budget Office not to call it a tax. He also knew that convoluted double-speak would be necessary because, for the most part, the American voter is not stupid… but many are naive and too trusting.
Romans 16:18 (NLT) Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people.