Like many regular Thom Hartmann listeners, I have enjoyed being regaled by Mike Papantonio this week on Thom's radio show. For me it goes back to the Air America days when I was first introduced to both Thom Hartmann's radio show as well as Ring of Fire. In an America where lawyers are seen as persons who use carefully precise language to confuse and obfuscate rather than illuminate, it is refreshing to hear an attorney who speak his mind plainly. Pap speaks plainly and with great conviction against those on the wrong side of the law and/or society.
As Thom likes to say, "here comes the but." I was concerned about the use of the term "dumb" for those in the United States that are not well informed and, as a result, are easily taken in by ideas that already fit a predetermined narrative in their own minds. In the same way that using "idiot" and "moron" describing those of average or above intelligence when they are repeating easily refuted "truths", using specialized terminology that has a pejorative meaning in normal conversation tends to offend and sidetrack the main discussion.
First of all, while ridicule is an effective tool against those that espouse silly or poorly thought out arguments, at the end of the day these people are to be pitied. Either nobody told them or they weren't listening when told "you shouldn't believe everything you read." Everyone should remember the first time they used the defense in discussion that you read it in a book or newspaper and it was pointed out that the fact it was in print did not necessarily make it true.
So, I think, we need to popularize a friendlier term of derision for those too lazy to become informed or so loyal to their respective tribe that they are unwilling to believe anything that goes against the members or creed of that tribe. Unfortunately in some cases, those people lack the critical thinking or reasoning skills to defend against right-wing propaganda.
I would humbly propose that we refer to these people as "GLINCTies" -- Gullible Low Information Non Critical Thinkers. While it may not trip off the tongue as easily as "yuppie" or "dink", I believe it is a more precise term that serves the need to be sufficiently ridiculing without being offensive.
Discuss amongst yourselves.