We’re a nation of Yogi Bears, all of us firmly convinced we’re “smarter than the average bear.”

This is alternatively called the Lake Wobegon effect, thanks to radio theater host Garrison Keillor. His fictional hometown is, he regularly reminds listeners, a place where all of the children are above average.

The phenomenon is humorously apparent in a recent survey conducted by Zogby International, a polling company.

Nearly three out of four Americans think their fellow citizens do not follow current events closely enough to be well-informed. Yet, 85 percent of Americans say they follow the news closely and are very well-informed.

Hmmm. Maybe that accounts for some of the frustration and anger people feel about politics these days.

It’s hard to stay calm when you’re surrounded by idiots!


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