Kudos to Jess King of Lindsay (letter Aug. 12) for stating “a large number of the population are morons.” Fellow citizens, it could have been worse; he could have labeled us as imbeciles, or worse, idiots! At least he didn’t call us “normal” because really, who or what is normal?
Unlike Mr. King, I will refer to the “clinical sense” of his term “moron,” used professionally and legally into the 1960s, before the emotion-driven, well-intentioned precursor to political correctness raised its ugly head and decided the descriptors idiot, imbecile, and moron were too offensive for polite society.
In a stroke of PC brilliance, those offensive words were replaced with a less-offensive term, which, you guessed it, has since been replaced with an even less-offensive term.
Mr. King implores us to face his terrible truth; we morons have, in a democratic, constitutionally mandated process, ended up with two presidential candidates who themselves could be labeled either moron, imbecile or idiot.
I’ll take the moron over the idiot any day! But truly, it is the imbecile who will choose to “take a stand” and not vote at all.
Mark Ybarra, Fresno