One of the most understated and important aspects of U.S. politics – of politics in general – is the fact that many voters hold strong views on issue they don’t fully comprehend, from ‘defending’ a Constitution they haven’t read to opposing policies they don’t understand to railing against “big government” in the abstract but supporting big government programs.
I’ve been writing about the topic under the header “Low-information nation” to flesh out what it means to govern and campaign in a country where true knowledge is a rare commodity:
Low-information nation: Palin, Beck, Tea Partiers and American ignorance
Low-information nation: What do Americans really know about “big” government?
Low-information nation: Whose Constitution is it?
In that context, here’s a great video that illustrates how the right tries to indoctrinate the public: