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know-nothing

A completely ignorant, uninformed, or unknowledgeable person. I wish my father had never hired a know-nothing like you to manage our accounts!
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Doomsaying and know-nothingism get better headlines and work well for direct-mail fundraising," said lead author Steven Hayward, "but a serious look at the data helps us appreciate how far we've come, and helps set priorities for the next generation of environmental activism.
History suggests there's a self-correcting impulse in American politics--a return to common sense and balance that's sure in time to start rescuing states and cities from antitax Know-Nothingism, and all of us from the abyss of the Bush deficits.
Bush was nominated to be president, when quite a few conservatives responded to the widespread put-downs of Bush's intelligence by embracing literal know-nothingism.
Instead of benefiting from such advantages, Russell had donned a carapace of cocksure know-nothingism that soon turned from a raiment into a second skin.
Thanks to an overall tone of know-nothingism, fostered by dumbed--down dailies hiring "critics" better suited to a college paper rock column and weeklies that substitute institutionalized crankiness for informed discussion, much of this ink is of little lasting value.
The first is old-fashioned know-nothingism, a studied ignorance of the outside world that is a peculiar strain of the American culture.
Although never fully developing the argument, he insists that industrialization and a continued reliance on agriculture were diminishing -- not intensifying -- sectional economic differences, while support for Know-Nothingism reflected a national concern for ethnic, racial, gender, and class fragmentation.
The phrase "risky tax scheme" had to stand in for everything Gore's core supporters hated about Bush--his pandering to greed, his know-nothingism, his gunslinging Texas-ness.
It is true that not all Communists were beneficiaries of such a wider world (the positive side of internationalism) and the abiding working-class know-nothingism of the leaders counteracted it.
In the House, know-nothingism proved far less influential in shaping Federal R&D programs than disputes over policy, particularly on what role the free market should be encouraged to play in fostering technological development and international competition.
Jessica Matthews, then a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, expressed it best when, in an op-ed in the Washington Post she said, "It is time and past to move beyond the jokes, the sneers, the name calling, the know-nothingism, and the false controversies and on to the real choices.
twentieth century Know-Nothingism and played a leading role in
Holt, "The Politics of Impatience: The Origins of Know-Nothingism," Journal of American History (1973): 30931; Mulkern, Know-Nothing Party in Massachusetts.
Mercifully, that know-nothingism is a thing of the past.
As his story draws to a close, a different Washington is on the horizon, one which shares with much of the rest of the country an anti-Catholic Know-Nothingism.