by John Hawkins | January 5, 2004 9:02 pm
Back in November of last year when I was slapping around St. Joseph’s professor Paul Ginnetty for treating conservatism like a mental condition, I said this,
“(W)hen Republican winners go to Capitol Hill, Democratic losers have a tendency to explain their side’s losses by saying the voters were — A) Stupid B) Racist C) Anti-Intellectuals D) Have psychological issues — take your pick.”
Well, today in a guest column that the Seattle Post Intelligencer saw fit to publish, we get to hear from someone who chose option A. I’ll let condescending lefty Neil Starkman take it from here…
“…It’s increasingly obvious, for example, that none of the so-called theories can explain President Bush’s popularity, such as it is. Even at this date in his presidency, after all that has happened, the president’s popularity hovers at around 50 percent — an astonishingly high figure, I believe, given the state of people’s lives now as opposed to four years ago.
…Granted, there are certain subsections of the American polity that have substantially benefited from this presidency. Millionaires and charismatic Christians have accrued either material or spiritual fortification from Bush’s administration. But surely these two groups are a small minority of the population. What, then, can account for so many people being so supportive of the president?
The answer, I’m afraid, is the factor that dare not speak its name. It’s the factor that no one talks about. The pollsters don’t ask it, the media don’t report it, the voters don’t discuss it.
I, however, will blare out its name so that at last people can address the issue and perhaps adopt strategies to overcome it.
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.
You know these people; they’re all around you (they’re not you, else you would not be reading this article this far). They’re the ones who keep the puerile shows on TV, who appear as regular recipients of the Darwin Awards, who raise our insurance rates by doing dumb things, who generally make life much more miserable for all of us than it ought to be. Sad to say, they comprise a substantial minority — perhaps even a majority — of the populace.
…It’s well past time that people confront this issue, no matter who’s offended. We are on the way to becoming a nation of imbeciles. I’m certain that a plethora of “George W. Bush” jokes is already being circulated in every capital of the world. We can stop this sapping of our national integrity but we must do it soon, lest the morons become the norm and those of us who use our brains for more than memorizing advertising jingles are ourselves ostracized from society.”
So there we are. Left-wing super genius Neil Starkman has explained that the majority of Americans, especially people who support Bush, are a bunch of drooling idiots who have such a minimal grasp of cause and effect that they probably don’t even know why their head hurts after they pound their forehead with a hammer.
Isn’t it funny how this kind of sentiment keeps popping up on the left? Remember when best-selling leftie author Michael Moore said,
“(Americans) are possibly the dumbest people on the planet … in thrall to conniving, thieving, smug pr*cks. We Americans suffer from an enforced ignorance. We don’t know about anything that’s happening outside our country. Our stupidity is embarrassing.”
Then there was Janekat from the The 10 Worst Quotes From The Democratic Underground For 2003 article who opined,
“What we MUST realize in order to win – Americans are stupid and uninformed. This is very important because in order to win we must understand the way the average American thinks. I’m afraid WE have nothing in common with them.”
Maybe Michael Moore and company could put together a campaign commercial for 2004. Perhaps something like “Vote for Democrats because they’re smarter than you are” or “We know what’s best for you better than you know it yourself”. That might not be popular, but at least it would be honest and would get across what more than a few people on the left really and truly think about the American people…
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