O’REILLY: I’ll tell you why [religion’s] not a scam, in my opinion: tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can’t explain that. You cannot explain why the tide goes in.
SILVERMAN: Tide goes in, tide goes out?
O’REILLY: See, the water, the tide comes in and it goes out, Mr. Silverman. It always comes in, and always goes out. You can’t explain that.
All the Jeebus-makes-the-tides-go-in/Jeebus-rode-dinosaurs stuff used to make me depressed about the state of affairs in the United States. Then I went to a drug store in Paris and saw all the quack homeopathic remedies on the shelves and then I read about the Korean belief that running a fan in your room can kill you, and now I don’t feel so bad.
People are dumb everywhere. What sets the United States apart from most of the rest of the first-world right now is the success that the right-wing has had in harnessing the power of stupidity.