Kickass, the doorstop dog, using his unique powers of communication that puts him in touch with all creatures and things, had a conversation with the local groundhog during which he—Kickass had to shout down the groundhog’s burrow because the groundhog said he was not so stupid as to stick his nose out into the Wisconsin winter.
Kickass: “Well, tell me about stupid.”
Groundhog: “Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice.”
Kickass: “How so?”
Groundhog: “The stupid one, in contrast to the malicious one, is utterly self-satisfied and, being easily irritated, becomes dangerous by going on the attack.”
Kickass: “Pretty deep stuff for a rodent.”
Groundhog: “A German philosopher said it about a hundred years ago and it became the groundhog credo.”
Kickass: “So this seeing-your-shadow stuff: malice or stupidity?
Groundhog: You gotta ask me that when you’ve got a White House full of malicious stupidity! Come on! Now let me sleep until St. Patrick’s Day when they break out the green beer and everyone gets stupid.