"DON’T BE AN IDIOT! I used “idiot” in the same way that ancient Greeks originally meant it. Idiotes were not people with low-watt brains, but individuals who cared only about themselves, refusing to participate in public efforts to benefit the larger community — to serve the common good." Thus spake Jim Hightower in a commencement address to his high school graduating class in June 2013. Obviously, the House Republicans deserve that moniker.