January 05, 2004
Apparently, I'm Not Very Bright (Updated)
See, I thought that I like President Bush because he's had the backbone to take the war to the terrorists. For over a decade, we sat on the sidelines of a war that had been declared against us. On September 11, 2001, some of us realized that the time had truly come to take a part in that war or to see our nation become a target for every politically weak entity who had access to a dirty bomb and a proverbial axe to grind with the world as a whole.
The US is a target not only because of it's political activity throughout the world, but simply because it is so amazingly influential in politics throughout the world. That is, why attack a country that would have no potential to turn events in your favor? So, the US is an obvious target for those who have no outlet for their political ambitions but terror. President Bush understands the gravity of our moment in history and continues to work to secure our future.
I respect that.
I also thought that I like President Bush because I like lower taxes and a fairer tax policy. I would like him even more if he didn't sign every spending bill that came his way and would start using his veto power.
I was even foolish enough to believe that I like Bush because he's the President the United States needs during one of the more important stretches in the history of our nation. A President who works to build coalitions, who tries to involve the UN, and who has the strength of will to realize that--even absent France and Germany--our national security needs are his most important job. Honestly, yes, I wish the entire world were with us in this fight, but, even if they aren't, the fight still needs to be fought.
That's what I thought.
Luckily, I have Neal Starkman to set me straight.
It's the "Stupid factor," the S factor: Some people -- sometimes through no fault of their own -- are just not very bright.
It's not merely that some people are insufficiently intelligent to grasp the nuances of foreign policy, of constitutional law, of macroeconomics or of the variegated interplay of humans and the environment. These aren't the people I'm referring to. The people I'm referring to cannot understand the phenomenon of cause and effect. They're perplexed by issues comprising more than two sides. They don't have the wherewithal to expand the sources of their information. And above all -- far above all -- they don't think.
Heh. Imagine that. I'm not bright enough to grasp all the issues that define Bush as bad.
Luckily for Neal, I'm also not sufficiently bright to realize that I should be offended by his "gosh they don't think like me so they must be morons" argument--an argument that is becoming far too common on both extreme wings of the political spectrum. Unfortunately, it seems to be becoming more common amongst the mainstream left.
This is precisely why the Democrats continue to lose ground. Voters don't like to hear someone tell them how stupid they are, don't like elitism, and don't like to feel excluded from the process by opinionated bastards like Neal. The backlash is not only policy-driven, but personality-driven.
Where Republicans seem to be opening up the party to differing views, the Democrats seem to be refining the remaining members of the party to one monolithic platform. Conservative Democrats, like Zell Miller and Joe Lieberman, are paying the price--and voters seem to continue to drift to the party that seems more open to them.
Read the story.
Updates (for those that don't read the comments): Dana points out post about the same topic. Good stuff. And Kensho points us to his own post on a similar topic. Yes, sir, the times they are a changin'...
Bryan has choice words on the subject, as well. And, yes, I'll be sticking with the "S" people, too.
Posted by zombyboy at January 5, 2004 11:51 AM
I happen to agree with Neal. When are we going to learn that Democracy doesn't work, people? When you put all your decisions in the hands of those stupid proles, your life will know no end to heartache and suffering. Certainly this explains why people in one longstanding democray-- America-- are among the most miserable (spiritually, if not materially) on Earth. At least in places like Cuba and North Korea the intelligentsia take good care of the poor by giving them all the health care and literacy that they can stomach.
Hey, Julia is becoming a faux-troll, too! Now, I wonder if Nathan or McGehee will have anything to say on the subject...
I couldn't agree with you more, ZB. I've made similar comments before about this very thing: the left-wing (and increasingly, the mainstream left) seems to think that if you disagree with them, you're either stupid, ill-informed, or in on the plot to keep oppressing the poor.
Right with you on this one - I discussed this a bit as well.
Who ever thought we'd be declaring the Republican party the more "open and accepting" party? Good Goddess, the times they are a-changing!
Yes, reminds me of a parental unit: "You don't know what's good for you, let me tell you."
Besides, anyone who can use the word "variegated" in a sentence just *has* to be much more intelligent than any of us who happen to think Bush is doing okay.
I think this is the same attitude that infects the major media a lot: we know more than our readers.
And thus, we can celebrate another four years of bush presidency.
Oops...I meant this article. My bad.
I also noted how several other bloggers have commented on this recently. The news piece I refer to in the story actually came courtesy of one of Dan Drezner's entries on Andrew Sullivan's site. Seems like frustration in the blogging community is reaching fever-pitch - and for good reason.
On a positive note, I take this as a sign that the liberal left is quickly losing its mind. Its constituency - such as remains - can't be far behind.
The moral superiority of leftists certainly is a great feeling. I think I'll try to think like them more often.
z-boy, you dumb ass. yer just figurin' this out? well, i guess you'd need to be told seeing as how yer so garsh dern stoopid.
Mr. Starkman states, "But I do have some modest suggestions that might provide a start for discussion: an intelligence test to earn the right to vote... ."
He should be careful about making such suggestions. If such a test were given, I suspect (I'd lay long odds) that the democrat party would lose a huge piece of its base.
I'm with Neal. Anyone who disagrees is a poopyhead.
If we be so dum den wy can't smart liberals trick us into boating with them?
We'd heard ploys like 'Hey, Mr Conservative, aren't bushes green? Vote green party and support Bush' and we'd have fallen for it.
Somebody, please, remind me again, exactly who had trouble with the 'confusing' ballot in Florida in 2000? Sorry Starky.
Funny readers. Bestest faux trolls ever.
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