Nils August Andreson has stumbled upon the blindingly obvious:
In good universities across the nation, students flee the Republican Party. And the better the universities, it seems, the more drastic the trend ... Under Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon, Republicans championed science and knowledge. But over the past 30 years, national Republicans have formed an intensifying alliance with religious conservatives more skeptical of science and knowledge. I don’t know whether discarding evolution goes against common sense; but I’m pretty sure it goes against most Ivy League-educated senses ... To advance this alliance, national Republicans have derided elite universities as dangerous and hostile places ... In the age of Fox News and the Tea Party, the cultural war has heated up, and the anti-academic and anti-science rhetoric has intensified.It's a grim picture, but only if you have a good-faith interest in the future of the USA as a creative, vibrant, cultured, productive, and free society. If, on the other hand, you just want movement conservatives to gain and hold political power, there's nothing worrying here at all. In fact, movement conservatives can participate in a virtuous-for-them circle in which driving down educational standards and funding, alongside a ceaseless vilification of learning, creates larger pools of voting dupes, er, motivated FoxNews patriots, who in turn elect more raving, nonsensical, pro-stupid politicians, who in turn perpetuate the Yankee Taliban's culture war against book-reading, curious-minded "elites." And so it spirals ever tighter and lower until we can no longer perceive that Idiocracy was, in its time, a parody -- and not only because fewer and fewer people can operate a DVD player.