No, the American voters are not idiots
posted at 7:45 pm on August 30, 2012 by MadisonConservative
I watched the comments unfold over at my colleague J.E. Dyer’s post with a mixture of confusion and disgust. “Are the American voters idiots?”, she asks. The responses are overwhelmingly “yes”, with a few exceptions. I sit mildly stunned, though only mildly. Sad to say that I have seen this creature infecting the opinions of my fellow conservatives over the last few years, and it has kept me continually shaking my head.
Let’s talk, for a minute, about one of the key differences between a liberal and a conservative.
Your modern liberal believes you to be an ignorant child. You don’t know how to do anything properly on your own. You can’t spend your money properly, you don’t eat the proper foods, you’re keeping dangerous guns in your home or on your person, you’re not driving the right kind of car, you believe in patriarchal fairy tales, and most importantly, you think all the wrong things. You’re a stupid racist, even if you don’t know it. You’re not smart enough to grasp the intricacies of health care, immigration, or even the size of a soda. That’s why government needs to take care of all these things for you. You just sit back, vote for the Democratic Party without question, keep hating the rich, and keep handing over your paycheck in taxes so that we can pay for all these things. Well, we’re not actually paying for most of them. We’re just racking up debt to pay for them. Don’t worry about the debt, though. It’s a big number, and you’re too much of an idiot to understand the implications.
Your modern conservative, supposedly, believes you to be an individual. You know best how to make decisions in your life. You know best where your money ought to go. Should some of it go to the government to help it run? Of course…as long as that government is using your money in a responsible, sensible manner. If government is spending like it’s going out of style, then they first need to cut some of it before they demand that you pony up for their recklessness. While they’re at it, they need to remember that this nation is made up of sovereign states, and those states retain certain powers in order to serve their own interests. It’s a concept called “states’ rights”, and it’s a crucial part of the way this country was founded. We don’t need an all-powerful group of elitists telling us what to do, and how we should live. We are intelligent, hard-working individuals with the right to make our own decisions about what is best for our families and our lives.
…but you wouldn’t know that after eight years of being told that we were complete idiots to elect George W. Bush into office twice. Remember this?
Of course you do. You remember because it pissed you off. You remember thinking, “Who the hell do a bunch of subjects of the king, monitored every minute of every day by their masters who quiver once a Muslim so much as coughs in their direction, think they’re calling ‘dumb’?” Then you heard lefties all over America chime in, talking about how right those Brits were. Hey, only dumb people would vote for such a dumb war criminal for president! But then, we knew they were dumb to begin with. They cling to religion. They’re inbred rednecks. They don’t have proper education, especially since they have the gall not to believe that global warming is going to kill us all.
And then, one day…America got “Change”. Imagine that. After eight years of being told they were idiots, they were told they could redeem their idiocy by voting for the first black president, because that’s totally not racist at its roots. Yes. Those people who had listened to conservatives twice in a row then listened to liberals, and why wouldn’t they? We were heading into economic freefall, and the GOP had just signed a nice big bailout of hundreds of billions of dollars. Jobs were being lost, and the stock market was diving. So, the GOP brought out…John McCain. Was it any wonder that the American electorate was underwhelmed? The alternative was this young, charismatic, handsome man who said he could take Washington in a new direction.
So, they voted for him.
And, it appears…deep down, some “conservatives” thought exactly what was on the cover of the Daily Mirror posted above. Full circle. They could not see that, all of a sudden, they had become the very people they rightly despised. Now, as we stand on the precipice of either another Obama administration, or his ouster, it seems those deep-seated sentiments have boiled over. If the responses to Dyer’s question can be taken as a microcosm of Hot Air as a whole — or indeed, of conservatism as a whole — then it is a sad reflection of just how low we can sink.
So what? The American people are idiots when they vote for someone we disagree with, but not idiots when they vote the other way? Interesting how that’s the criterion for determining the collective intelligence of a nation, especially given that, historically, there have only been two real options. I repeat: the reasoning I just stated has long been the tool of the Left, who inherently believe in the stupidity of the masses. They are people who believe themselves to be intellectually and morally superior on all things. They see themselves as the wise ones, passing on their brilliance to the poor, empty-headed rubes who surround them. These people are called elitists.
Now, apparently…conservatives have formed their own elitist groupthink. Now, I’ve been noting this for some time, particularly with respect to figures such as Sarah Palin, or issues such as immigration. However, those elitists were typically of the David Brooks/Frum variety, claiming their arrogant condescension was a way to strengthen the GOP through the abolishing of conservative influence. In the Dyer comments, however, were many people I consider strong, clear-headed conservatives. Those strong, clear-headed conservatives were espousing some of the most anti-American inclinations I’ve ever seen from the Right.
Folks, let me remind you of something: we live in a world that is now inundated with data, (mis)information, and distractions. Never before in our history has our populace been so regularly bombarded with so many ideas and opinions. However, not all of that stimuli has been political. We’ve got jobs, and for many people, they have come to dominate our lives. We have relationships, hobbies, interests, and other ways in which we spend our time. We now have more options to fritter away our lives than ever. The vast majority of people do not have the time to pay as much attention to political issues or the State of the Union as much as we do.
And that’s not a fault, nor a flaw, nor a failing on their part. It’s no more a failing than when a car junkie rattles off the specs of the latest Mustang, and your eyes glaze over. It’s no more a flaw than when a music junkie can’t stop talking about the latest bluegrass sensation, and you’re ordering chasers with your beers in the hopes that intoxication will allow you to better feign interest.
America is a country made up of good, solid, thoughtful people, with some exceptions. Folks, I live in goddamned Madison, Wisconsin. I’m surrounded by some of the most pretentious, insufferable, self-absorbed people in the nation. Trust me, if the rest of the Republic were made up of these yo-yos, I’d have either moved or drunk myself to alcohol poisoning long ago. Yet, even in this town, I’ve found myself talking to one or more people, arguing a conservative viewpoint, and their response is simply “I never thought of it that way, but you have a point”.
This is how most Americans are. Just because they don’t devour Drudge on a daily basis doesn’t mean they are idiots. It means they haven’t found one of you to explain the intricacies of whatever issue is on the docket, or the merits of whatever candidate you support. Americans are intelligent, compassionate individuals who, you’ll forget, have voted more for Republicans than they have for Democrats in the last few decades. Don’t dismiss them as the Left so casually does. Talk to them. Give them food for thought. I truly believe that most people in this country, given the chance to chew over the choice between progressivism and conservatism, will pick the ideology of Reagan. Will there be lulls, especially after a “conservative” president “sacrificed free market principles to save the economy”? Of course. And after the American people have suffered under the auspices of collectivist policy, it will never take them long to remember what it was like, just a few years before.
I leave you with a bit of wisdom from Michael Caine:
Bruce Wayne: What have I done, Alfred? Everything my family… my father built…
Alfred Pennyworth: The Wayne legacy is more than bricks and mortar, sir.
Bruce Wayne: I wanted to save Gotham, I failed
Alfred Pennyworth: Why do we fall sir? So we might learn to pick ourselves up
Bruce Wayne: You still haven’t given up on me?
Alfred Pennyworth: Never
Give up, or go home, folks. What will you do?