I will grant you, there are several reality TV stars, actors, and members of congress who seem hell-bent on challenging this position, but America does have its fair share of intellectuals too.
For every Todd Akin, there is a Jon Stewart; for every Snooki, there is a Neil DeGrasse Tyson; and for every Lindsey Lohan there is an LA night club. And Hillary Clinton.
Now, I know how tempting it is to base an entire nation's IQ on, say, that of a certain 43rd president, but honestly, Britain, just stop what you're doing for a second and listen to Carl Sagan's The Pale Blue Dot, or peruse the academic writings of Professor Noam Chomsky.
And it's not just the rich and famous we're talking about here. As a British expat residing in the States, I have been fortunate enough to meet Americans from all corners of the university spectrum. There's John with a PHD in Molecular Biology; Julie with an MFA in European Literature; and Dirk, with an independent thesis on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Okay, I know what you're thinking: these people are all from the higher end of the IQ spectrum (Dirk also has an undergraduate degree in Marvel Entertainment Studies). What about everyday Americans I hear you say? The people we work with? The people we interact with on the street? Well like anywhere, you do get an admittedly mixed bag. There are people in the office who couldn't tell you the capital of their own state, while there is an equal abundance of people on the park bench who could tell you the entire history of said state.
The point is, while the United States may celebrate stupidity more than most developed countries, there would appear to be a certain level of ignorance on your part if you think that all Americans are dumb. Moreover, before you go accusing others of low intelligence, take a look at some of your own people. I'll remind you that Jodie Marsh once asked whether an egg was a vegetable.
I close my case.
A British expat.