There's no doubt about it a large majority of Americans are not as aware as they should be, and yes, "stupid" might very well apply in many cases;
Allow me to expound on the phrase "Americans are stupid." A) The average middle class American is quite busy, some holding down two jobs, especially to put their children through college which is quite expensive even with some government grants. So busy in fact are they that often they don't pay particular attention to midterm local elections, and this cuts across both parties; however,the Republicans have seized on this traditional weakness, off-year voting pattern, with a vengeance, motivating their base with emphasis on their most hated target, President Barack Obama, and using this as a way of getting control of local elections, along with the gerrymandering of districts, i.e. manipulating the boundaries of an electoral constituency; newly enacted voter repression state laws, and the stealing of many Democrats' registration applications. The greatest voter fraud exist among the GOP because they realize their policies are so abhorrent to the majority of Americans they have to steal in order to win....they realize they don't stand much of a chance in today's presidential elections when the common people turn out en masse to vote. If the average Democratic voter were to concentrate on the local levels in each state the outcome in the electorate would be vastly different.
The noun "Stupidity" has taken its place along with "fool," "idiot," "dumb," "moron," and related concepts as a pejorative appellation for human misdeeds, whether purposeful, or accidental.
The adjective "Stupid" implies a lack of intelligence, understanding, reason, wit or sense. ... It can either imply a congenital lack of capacity for reasoning, or a temporary state of numbness. All of which does not apply to the "AVERAGE" American.
B) The word "stupid" might very well apply primarily to those red states where "some" *non-AVERAGE* residents claim the president of the US was born in Kenya, or go to any length to attack him verbally, or carry protest posters of a crude caricature of him with a bone through his nose; or who oppose him simply because he is who he is. I'm sure President Obama, being the first black president of the US must have expected opposition but I'm sure no one expected such blatant hostile resistance and unbridled racism as he has and is currently enduring amidst the "fabrication" of lies told against this president to such an extent many impressionable people believe such to be the case. To me these attacks are the ultimate in stupidity stemming from Americans who are destitute of knowledge and are fundamentally illiterate, acting out of emotional fear and hatred for their black brother.
An example of what a segment of very stupid Americans are capable of is represented by an a2k poster who began a thread regarding the use of the "N" word which is particularly deeply offensive to African Americans but also to morally decent abiding people everywhere. If the poster were to use that word in a predominantly black residential setting, he might find himself dead before his god got the message. Incidentally, we are also taught to never use the word "Jap" for it is a contemptuous term used to refer to a Japanese, or "Oriental" when discussing Chinese people....We should use the word "Asian" or simply Chinese.
That the poster pretended to not realize the depth of his words when defending his use of the slave master's "N" word stemming from before the Antebellum South is a mockery to all readers of his thread. The poster was hoping to actualize validation for his racism by using this hideously defamatory word; he wanted words of assurance that the use of the N word was all right! If the poster still feigns innocence by his use of the "N" word then he should return to his backwoods or other remote areas of his community* for there is simply no room for Skin-head crap here or perhaps he's the Grand Dragon of the KKK and speaking for them. ....trying to make that filfth respectable, too! We never know to whom we are responding on these forums except by the "outer garments they are wearing" then, we sometime realize a poster isn't all he/she's chalked up to be.
*A human being is a biological creature from birth but is from then on shaped as a person through social influences (upbringing/socialization). Racism is a social construct and is most visibly pronounced among people who have been brought up in a close-knit or homogeneous community or parents who passed their racial discrimination on to the offspring or individuals who are extraordinarily insecure people with a very strong need to feel superior by looking down on others in order to build up their own self esteem.