To the Editor:
Several times this year, I have watched TV programs in which people are interviewed to challenge their knowledge of subjects like American history, politics, geography, immigration and other issues in the news such as Sharia Law.
Some of these question-and-answer sessions were conducted in places like New York City, Miami Beach, and also at some colleges and universities.
Let me state that my formal education is somewhat limited and therefore I’m not an expert in the subjects mentioned above.
That being said, with a few rare exceptions, one has never seen such a display of ignorance and just plain stupidity in their responses.
John Podhoretz, a columnist for the Weekly Standard, quotes a scene from an Adam Sandler movie called “Billy Madison” (while doing a movie review of “Wonder Woman”), in which the title character is an aggressively uneducated man-boy forced to answer history questions in a game show format.
After one particular bone-headed response, the teacher responds, “What you just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that can be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. May God have mercy on your soul.”
That would have been the perfect response to all those clueless, uninformed participants.
Kudos to those who knew about the war for independence, the Civil War, the Constitution, World War II, some politics and know what Sharia Law is.
P. C. Santiago
retired master sergeant