For those of you who didn't already realise it, the United States of America is one of the dumbest places in the world, and its not just my opinion. Aside from its disastrous foreign policy decisions, they also produce more waste per capita, more murderers per capita, and more fatty food per capita than anywhere else.
Corrupt Church leaders, crazy sectarians, drugs, guns, ridiculously big cars, steroid enhanced sports heroes, the list goes on. The US has it all often exclusively and always in abundance.
Illiterate Christians who swallow everything because their preacher says its God's word are the scariest by-product of this festering society. George W Bush and his Republican army rely on these people to vote for them, join their armed forces, crush sovereign states into submission (aka Democracy), and beleive the crap that the Fox network churns out day after day.
The NALS found a total of 21-23 percent - or 40-44 million - of the 191 million American adults (defined as age 16 or older) at Level 1, the lowest literacy level.
The rising rates of illiteracy has to be one of the most startling issues however, as the root of the problem lies in the South, and this is the Republican heartland. How do you know who to vote for (if you bother voting) if you can't read? Will there be millions of ballots with paw prints and scrawled crosses where names should be?
In an information age, no country with high and increasing illiteracy is going to stay on top for long.
Conservative politics (aka fear of progress), plus fundamentalist Christianity, plus illiteracy, plus a warped idea that guns fix things = we get an emerging disaster called the USA.
No book maker would bet on it lasting too much longer.
Amen to that.