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atommom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-26-08 03:00 PM
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8. Bush and his cronies can't really compete intellectually, and they know it.
Their policies don't stand up under the cold hard light of logic. So they have to discredit the people who will see this and point it out, by making intelligence and logical thought into bad things. They're giving people targets for their bitterness and resentment, and as usual, the targets don't deserve it.
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  -Why must smart = elitist? Paula Sims  Jul-26-08 02:44 PM   #0 
  - I don't think it is 'smart' I think they are referring to education  The Straight Story   Jul-26-08 02:45 PM   #1 
  - I think you are correct.  LWolf   Jul-26-08 10:57 PM   #46 
  - I don't agree. There's been a concerted anti-intellecutalism effort afoot for many years now.  Iris   Jul-27-08 12:01 PM   #55 
     - Reminds me a lot of the tyranny of the jocks in HS  JerseygirlCT   Jul-27-08 12:18 PM   #57 
        - Yes. I was thinking the exact same thing when I read the OP. It's really sickening when you think  Iris   Jul-27-08 12:25 PM   #60 
        - Obama is the athlete-scholar. If he had played for the NBA, even the knuckledraggers would vote for  yurbud   Jul-27-08 02:01 PM   #70 
        - Oh yes  Prophet 451   Jul-27-08 02:18 PM   #73 
           - It does help to find your niche, doesn't it?  JerseygirlCT   Jul-27-08 02:37 PM   #75 
  - i dont think you are elitist for having small feet...  jakem   Jul-26-08 02:47 PM   #2 
  - Fear requires the absence of thought and understanding.  loveable liberal   Jul-26-08 02:50 PM   #3 
  - They arent afraid of smart people  DJ13   Jul-26-08 02:54 PM   #4 
  - They represent people who are willfully and proudly ignorant.  RGBolen   Jul-26-08 02:55 PM   #5 
  - Anyone who thinks for him or herself  bluethruandthru   Jul-26-08 02:56 PM   #6 
  - 'Cuz bein' one of the common folks is considered to be "populist".  Tierra_y_Libertad   Jul-26-08 02:58 PM   #7 
  - Another choice Agnewism: "Naterring Nabobs."  Beregond2   Jul-26-08 03:14 PM   #12 
  - ...of Negativity."  notmyprez   Jul-26-08 10:07 PM   #43 
  - It's also another way to dismiss facts.  ColbertWatcher   Jul-26-08 11:13 PM   #47 
  - Bush and his cronies can't really compete intellectually, and they know it.  atommom   Jul-26-08 03:00 PM   #8 
  - It is not  treestar   Jul-26-08 03:07 PM   #9 
  - I blame the political media  Mabus   Jul-26-08 03:08 PM   #10 
  - Because smart = critical thinking and critical thinking is a no no  Uncle Joe   Jul-26-08 03:09 PM   #11 
  - Stupid people are threatened by smart people,  Beregond2   Jul-26-08 03:15 PM   #13 
  - As someone who is slightly below average on book smarts  SmileyRose   Jul-26-08 09:27 PM   #41 
  - Damn that was a great post...  MicaelS   Jul-26-08 10:44 PM   #44 
  - Blush  SmileyRose   Jul-26-08 10:50 PM   #45 
  - exactly, thank you n/t  Scout   Jul-27-08 08:12 PM   #88 
  - You can reserve the right to blush more as that is the best post I've read all morning, and  lonestarnot   Jul-27-08 12:24 PM   #59 
  - The people in charge don't honestly think that.  LostInAnomie   Jul-26-08 03:16 PM   #14 
  - Well said  Prophet 451   Jul-26-08 05:50 PM   #19 
  - Many of these people are  femrap   Jul-26-08 06:14 PM   #24 
  - Also, why is the smart son always the gay son? n/m  IntravenousDemilo   Jul-26-08 03:21 PM   #15 
  - It doesn't because the lame brains have no idea what either of those  Cleita   Jul-26-08 03:32 PM   #16 
  - Lots of reasons, here's a few...  MicaelS   Jul-26-08 04:05 PM   #17 
  - "Either people are equal, or they aren't"  Prophet 451   Jul-26-08 05:50 PM   #18 
  - Enjoyed the rant. Thx. nt  femrap   Jul-26-08 06:21 PM   #26 
  - I know that education and intelligence aren't linked: I used to teach on the college level  Lydia Leftcoast   Jul-26-08 06:31 PM   #31 
  - I must disagree with you somewhat.  Odin2005   Jul-26-08 06:49 PM   #36 
  - I Don't Understand What You Said  Care   Jul-27-08 02:04 AM   #49 
  - All excellent points  MicaelS   Jul-27-08 08:08 AM   #51 
     - I have a theory on that one  Prophet 451   Jul-27-08 02:03 PM   #71 
     - That sounds like me, LOL!  Odin2005   Jul-27-08 03:53 PM   #81 
  - About "disliking something the common herd likes"  sleebarker   Jul-27-08 10:16 AM   #53 
     - OK, point taken on that one  Prophet 451   Jul-27-08 02:00 PM   #69 
     - I think that explains some of the progressive primary opposition to Obama.  Radical Activist   Jul-27-08 03:08 PM   #77 
  - Define "Middle America" first. There is a red herring along the lines of  Malikshah   Jul-26-08 06:25 PM   #29 
  - Not at all  MicaelS   Jul-28-08 07:21 AM   #91 
     - A little too stereotypical. That definition just doesn't work; it does underscore my  Malikshah   Jul-28-08 03:22 PM   #99 
  - Good points.  Radical Activist   Jul-27-08 03:03 PM   #76 
  - Inherited wealth used to used to be the criteria for "elitism",  DailyGrind51   Jul-26-08 06:02 PM   #20 
  - I grew up with the word  femrap   Jul-26-08 06:27 PM   #30 
     - The surprising thing about Bush is that he comes off more like  DailyGrind51   Jul-27-08 10:04 AM   #52 
  - Why does "elitist" = "bad"  Prophet 451   Jul-26-08 06:03 PM   #21 
  - I partially agree with you,  Uncle Joe   Jul-26-08 06:21 PM   #27 
  - You have a good point here  Prophet 451   Jul-27-08 02:35 PM   #74 
  - Agree with 21.  RNdaSilva   Jul-26-08 09:20 PM   #40 
  - What is moral superiority?  DailyGrind51   Jul-27-08 01:30 PM   #66 
     - Of course  Prophet 451   Jul-27-08 02:15 PM   #72 
        - True! Christian Fundamentalists follow a skewed interpretation of Calvinism  DailyGrind51   Jul-27-08 04:17 PM   #83 
        - And It's reflective  MicaelS   Jul-28-08 07:24 AM   #92 
  - Hopefully some of the  femrap   Jul-26-08 06:07 PM   #22 
  - Bush made stupid people feel secure in their stupidity  bluestateguy   Jul-26-08 06:09 PM   #23 
  - It's because people percieve that they are looked down upon by those smarter then them.  Odin2005   Jul-26-08 06:19 PM   #25 
  - Is that perception correct, though?  Lydia Leftcoast   Jul-26-08 06:33 PM   #33 
  - Fear dulls the mind, and many who are fearful resent those who refuse to have their minds  Malikshah   Jul-26-08 06:24 PM   #28 
  - Good one. nt  femrap   Jul-26-08 06:31 PM   #32 
  - Because republicans aren't smart.  anonymous171   Jul-26-08 06:36 PM   #34 
  - Not just the right wing, look this thread over.  greyhound1966   Jul-26-08 06:48 PM   #35 
  - wow -- thanks for that link.  nashville_brook   Jul-26-08 09:12 PM   #38 
     - It would be so cool that I might develop a sense of hope regarding this nation's future.  greyhound1966   Jul-27-08 11:59 AM   #54 
  - smart has a liberal bias  unblock   Jul-26-08 07:34 PM   #37 
  - "Reality has a liberal bias"  Prophet 451   Jul-26-08 09:15 PM   #39 
     - greed, fear, and hatred have a republican bias  unblock   Jul-27-08 07:40 AM   #50 
  - it's the difference between being "smart" and "thinking you are the smartest person in the room"...  CasualWatcher9   Jul-26-08 09:41 PM   #42 
  - With some very, very few exceptions  JerseygirlCT   Jul-27-08 12:19 PM   #58 
  - Them real smart folks is aways treat'n me elitist, I'll tell ya good. Um.. Whadda elitist mean?  Kablooie   Jul-27-08 01:48 AM   #48 
  - No idea. I'm with you. If anything, I want leaders who I think  JerseygirlCT   Jul-27-08 12:17 PM   #56 
  - Paula Sims, eh?  gulliver   Jul-27-08 12:42 PM   #61 
  - Why must smart = elitist?  MattSh   Jul-27-08 12:43 PM   #62 
  - Because it makes dumbshits feel better. And they're the vast majority....  BlooInBloo   Jul-27-08 12:43 PM   #63 
  - Because REPUBLICONS ARE ELITE AND DUMB.  Overseas   Jul-27-08 12:46 PM   #64 
  - Why do people only have a problem with intelligence?  sleebarker   Jul-27-08 01:29 PM   #65 
  - ...  KingFish019   Jul-27-08 03:38 PM   #80 
  - We have this false idea in this country that everybody is equal to everyone else.  alarimer   Jul-27-08 01:54 PM   #67 
  - Have you watched The Incredibles?  sleebarker   Jul-27-08 01:57 PM   #68 
  - Isn't that one of the traits of fascism?  Sparkly   Jul-27-08 03:16 PM   #78 
  - Depends which version of fascism  Prophet 451   Jul-27-08 05:02 PM   #86 
  - My wife is a mensa member  michreject   Jul-27-08 03:33 PM   #79 
  - "Progressives" aren't any more supportive of intellect - it's an *American* thing.  BlooInBloo   Jul-27-08 03:56 PM   #82 
  - Anybody have similar memories to this?  treestar   Jul-27-08 04:24 PM   #84 
  - Smart is as smart does?  SimpleTrend   Jul-27-08 04:37 PM   #85 
  - some "smart" people ARE elitists  Scout   Jul-27-08 08:10 PM   #87 
  - Because republican = Dumb  The Gunslinger   Jul-27-08 08:36 PM   #89 
  - I think this thread is stumbling over the issue of CLASS...  Romulox   Jul-27-08 08:43 PM   #90 
  - Damn, never thought of that  MicaelS   Jul-28-08 07:26 AM   #93 
     - LOL. Now mentioning class is "right", huh?  Romulox   Jul-28-08 07:35 AM   #94 
        - No, no, no,  MicaelS   Jul-28-08 08:42 AM   #95 
           - Sorry for jumping the gun. The "I've got mine; screw you" brigade is in full force on DU today  Romulox   Jul-28-08 09:40 AM   #96 
              - No problem  MicaelS   Jul-28-08 09:57 AM   #97 
  - Because stupid people do not understand the big words we use.  bamacrat   Jul-28-08 10:00 AM   #98 
 

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