In Defense of Witlessness

The Utah legislature is in session. They’re doing their best. They’ve turned down millions of dollars for health care. They’re meeting with the teetotalers, the tea partiers, the pyramid schemers. They’re meeting with each other trying to figure out how to benefit their own financial interests.

They’ve decided that the prison should be moved providing them with more real estate deals. They’re supporting more technology assuring us that a computer can teach just as well as a human and that it doesn’t need healthcare,  just a maintenance contract that they can provide. They struggle with facts. They struggle with logic. They’re suspicious of science. They’re looking for a way to deal with these inconvenient truths.

It’s the reason they were now rushing through a bill that will protect them, that will enrich them, that will keep the gravy train on track, a witless protection program.  A program that will make the world right.

In its final act of the session, it is prepared to pass the Witless Protection Act. It is based on similar bills passed in like-minded states—Texas, Kansas, Ignorance.

The act will make it easier to defend the climate change deniers, the evolution skeptics, the society for the defense of bigotry.

It is certain to pass constitutional mustard, there being no constitutional dictate of rationality. The Bill of Rights protects ignorance, it protects stupidity, it protects them.

Yes, the Witless Protection Act, it’s their defining moment.

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