Why They Think They’re Smarter Than Us

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One of the beliefs held most consistently about conservatives by liberals is that they are simply smarter than us. Despite abundant evidence to the contrary, such as John Kerry’s grades at Yale being inferior to George W. Bush’s, and Obama’s refusal to release any evidence of his academic work at all, this meme has taken its place in the leftist political and cultural narrative. Why?

One of the main reasons is the way in which the two groups make decisions. Conservatives tend to believe in God, have a moral code based on the concept of absolute truth, and live based on tradition (tradition being expressed as the “best practices” of a culture). These beliefs have stood the test of time and tend to result in decisions that are consistent and based on principle. The intellectual legwork has already been done prior to the moment of decision, with only the facts of the situation required in order to come to a conclusion. Discomfort is not something to be avoided at all costs, but is most of the time a component of a bad decision, and if not, is used to inform future decisions. This is seen by the left as lazy and mean, when it is actually quite the opposite.

Now think about what it is like to be a liberal. The only true and fast principle is one that cannot be openly spoken of in America – equality through income redistribution. Any decision on an issue that falls outside of this anchor of liberal thought requires something far different than conservatives are accustomed to.

Imagine being untethered by any beliefs whatever, your only guide a vague, undefinable situational morality. Every event, every decision requires you to engage in the false intellectualism of playing defense and prosecutor, going through incredible mental gyrations as you sort through the evidence and factor in variables unrelated to the facts – Is this person my enemy? Is this person oppressed? Is this person a victim? What decision will benefit my political stance? There is a desperate attempt to make a decision requiring some sort of worldview, while simultaneously believing that any firm worldview or set of principles is intellectually lazy and any result that would result in discomfort for anyone but your enemies must be discarded.

Of course, what should be truly uncomfortable are the mental back flips required to justify someone who is a global warming alarmist leaving a carbon footprint twenty-three times that of an average individual, or to support someone who is regarded as a champion of women’s rights when he fondles an intern under his supervision. Then the wasteland of principle is laid bare for all to see, but the excuse is that conservatives are simply too dense to see the nuances involved in coming to two different conclusions with two very similar sets of facts.

Ironically, the requirement to ignore evidence, the enormous struggle required to operate without any legitimate set of principles, and the ability to support two completely different decisions based on two sets of nearly identical facts is seen as proof of intellectual superiority as opposed to a lack of it. Mental gymnastics are more valued than reason, and lack of defined or expressed principles release liberals from the anchor of consistency.

A blur of activity does not equal progress, and the whir of wheels spinning in a liberal’s mind does not equal intellectual superiority.

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Editor
July 25, 2011 12:41 am

great post

this post and EPU’s post have helped keep the events of the last few days in perspective

and welcome to Unified Patriots

Lady Penguin
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July 25, 2011 1:18 am

The left has to spend all of its time and energy in a state of negativity, their world view is a glass half empty and therefore someone, somewhere is supposed to fill it up. Conservatives world view starts with the premise that the glass is half full, and have gratitude and appreciation for that. They also tend to recognize that a Being far greater than themselves exists in the universe.

Welcome, to Unified Patriots, Jack Savage. Good to see you here.

bobmontgomery
July 25, 2011 4:49 am

Excellent. Thank you. Reminds me of the….Rhodes Scholar …Bill Clinton…coming out the other day and advocating that everyone climb up on their roofs and paint them white….to defeat …….the Sun.

JadedByPolitics
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July 25, 2011 8:08 am

I second all that you said and the ultimate number one reason why they think they are smarter then us, the media wing of the Democrat Party, tell them and the world that they are!

texasgalt
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July 25, 2011 9:53 am

Thanks, CJ, especially for this:

>>Of course, what should be truly uncomfortable are the mental back flips required to justify someone who is a global warming alarmist leaving a carbon footprint twenty-three times that of an average individual, or to support someone who is regarded as a champion of women’s rights when he fondles an intern under his supervision. Then the wasteland of principle is laid bare for all to see, but the excuse is that conservatives are simply too dense to see the nuances involved in coming to two different conclusions with two very similar sets of facts.<< Dang good.

vassarbushmills
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July 25, 2011 2:54 pm

I once said the tea parties were the intellectual antidote to the Left, which was true on all counts except being able to tell a Saville Row pinstripe $2000) from a Jos A Banks ($350. reminds me of a comment by Brother Dave Gardner made in 1958, “Those stupid ignorant southerners in Arkansas are selling water to those sophisticated New Yorkers.”

We should make stepping on Bill Maher’s and all the Cliff’s Notes intellectuals shoes a cottage industry here. Keep it up.

Thanks

TNJim
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July 25, 2011 6:51 pm

Very nice, Jack. Unfortunately, very true. they twist themselves into such odd shaped pretzels trying to justify their breaches of the very rules they want to impose on everyone you’d expect them to burst open.

Welcome to Unified Patriots, Jack.

E Pluribus Unum
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July 25, 2011 7:13 pm

I’ve never quite put all of that together before. Nice work on those inner mental gymnastics.

Silly me. I just conclude that Paul Krugman is an idiot because all his fancy theories are manifestly false.

Queen Hotchibobo
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July 27, 2011 8:33 am

But that’s not FAAAAAIR!!!! Waaaah! :-0