I agree with that on one hand entirely.....as an example, a lot of the people that live where I do LOOK like your stereotypical country bumpkin x1000. Most of them make people in Southern Alabama look cosmopolitan. My neighbor has dead beavers hanging off his porch right now. Not even worth mentioning to him. Totally normal.
Most of them are not big timers when it comes to knowledge on science, art, music, or the like. They won't be taking my season tickets to the symphony any time soon as a gift; I'll put it that way
But they are incredibly well-versed on so many practical things that most people are clueless on. Taking care of animals, fixing just about anything, gardening, hunting, building homes, cutting wood, trapping, weather, etc...just about anything practical they are a genius.
With that all said, I DO have a big problem with people who have no interest in history, politics, society, or the other things that make one a citizen. I don't care if someone doesn't know a Picasso from a Rembrandt; one could chalk that up to "interests" or the way one was raised. Same goes for a lot of scientific knowledge....but that is not the same as not knowing a thing about our basic history, world events, and political structure. Not giving a shit about THAT stuff is, in my opinion, a dereliction of one's duty as a democratic citizen.
I have become really irritated with women I have been interested in before, and even more so at dudes I know, who act as if my knowledge of history or concern over events is akin to a "hobby" or "interest". It isn't. That is just called being a citizen. Regardless of opinion, we must all know basic facts. This whole system goes up in smoke if people don't know anything.
Or as Jefferson said, "A people cannot be both ignorant and free."
"They now look to a single and splendid government of an aristocracy, founded on banking institutions, and moneyed incorporations under the guise and cloak of their favored branches of manufactures, commerce and navigation, riding and ruling over the plundered ploughman and beggared yeomanry." - Thomas Jefferson, 1826