That’s okay, they think I’m stupid too.
Ben’s link dump this morning contained this feculent little bolus. A sample:
Lewis’ essential argument is that the current crisis is decades in the making, the unintended consequence of a series of understandable decisions made decades ago to help address the challenges the movement faced in the 1980s and 90s. The first was the decision to court Southern evangelicals. Lewis is himself a Southern (West Virginia) evangelical, so here he criticizes his own when he notes that evangelicals have long shied away from engagement with the less-devout world. This has meant they as a group tend to lack intellectual curiosity and rigor. Bringing a decidedly unintellectual group into the movement, Lewis contends, encouraged the movement itself to move away from its strength, its use of argument to explain America’s challenges and propose real solutions that solve them.
“Unintellectual”! May God save us all from the scourge of unintellectualism! It’s almost like these rubes don’t appreciate the unparalleled record of cultural and policy triumphs the GOP has accrued over the past two decades!
So…yeah. They really do think we’re stupid. Their Delphic prophecies and magisterial command of political philosophy flies right over our thick ape-like craniums. Their brilliance is wasted on us, and they would like nothing better than to trade us in for a smarter (or at least more pliable, and certainly less white and male) base. Alas, they need our votes for the foreseeable future, so they must bottle up their contempt as best they can and lie to us through fake smiles. But the bitterness and contempt is seeping through the facade, as it always does.
Calling your own base a bunch of stupid hicks is not good strategy (not to mention petty and rude) if you want them to vote for you or your preferred candidates. Mainly because the so-called “intellectuals” who have been driving GOP policy for the past two decades have done a spectacularly shitty job of it. If I’m forced to choose between the lumpenproles and the think-tank eggheads, I’ll throw my lot in with the peasants. They’re a lot smarter than the sneering elites give them credit for, and they don’t sit around all day inhaling their own ass-waft.
If the GOP brain-trust was arguing from a baseline of stellar success and policy wins, it’d be different. But the post-Reagan era has been an utter catastrophe in terms of actual conservative policy, and on all fronts: cultural, economic, foreign-policy, tax policy, you name it. The arrogance of these pissants is pretty rich, given their two-decade run of fecklessness and failure.
I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of these so-called elites (SCE’s) looking down their noses at me and calling me stupid. That had a lot to do with why I left the Democrat party, and I’ll be damned if I’ll put up with it now that I’m an independent.
First and foremost it is undemocratic. It’s “We the People” not “We the Smart People”. It never fails that the first thing these SCE’s do when they get together is to try to manipulate the rest of us. When that fails (and it usually does) they try to get around us and impose their will by other means.
After failing to talk people out of supporting Donald Trump the “conservative intelligentsia” threw a collective fit and DEMANDED that we reject Trump. If (when) he wins anyway, they will either try to steal the nomination from him, run a third-party campaign against him and/or try to sabotage his campaign and allow Hillary to win.
These are the same people who decided that Sarah Palin was an ignorant rube and helped the left tear her down.
The SCE and the GOPe are not identical, but there is a lot of overlap.
Fuck them all and the elephant they rode in on.