The old fashioned dumb shits were the people I grew up with who knew they were beyond their field of expertise when the subject matter of any given conversation was not something they knew or cared about. We were all old fashioned dumb shits at various points in our lives. There is no shame in simply admitting, "I don't know." Or saying, "Could that guy be right?"
The old fashioned dumb shits just kept their mouths shut and tried to learn something from the people who knew something.
I must remember that this kid is the product of a government run school system. Had he been home schooled- he would certainly know more than he does. So there's that.
He says that millions of people think we have a democracy and therefore- they can't possibly be wrong. He even says to me, "so one guy is right and millions are wrong?" (That is precisely the definition of a democracy)
Here's an excellent piece on what our government was intended to be and what is is- even though I don't particularly care for the anti-immigration rant.