The Illusion in Attacks, Part 1

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One of the most irritating and irrational acts of many on the Left is their constant accusations that those on the Right are stupid and against science. On the other hand, when the Right disagrees with the Left they will generally avoid such name calling and merely identify the two sides of the argument and explain why theirs is the most logical. Sometimes the comparison of the two sides makes one of them look stupid but those with a little class do not say it.

The guy leading the charge with the stupid card is Bill Maher. Every week he calls some conservative stupid, often without giving any reasoning behind his accusations.  In his mind people are stupid just because he says so.

When Bush was president hardly a week went by that he didn’t make fun of the President being stupid because he doesn’t read newspapers. He constantly portrayed him as an ignoramus who didn’t read, was unaware of what was going on and just plain dumb.

As it turns out Maher was either ignorant himself or just plain mean spirited because Bush did read newspapers.  In 2003 he said he didn’t read a lot of the articles but mostly the headlines and then got greater detail from his staff who were well read.  Later in 2006 he said: “every morning I look at the newspaper. I’m not — I can’t say I’ve read every single article in the newspaper, but I definitely know what’s in the news.” His wife witnessed to this on Jay Leno as well as an interview with People magazine where she said: that she and her husband had read the morning papers for years. “We’ve done the same thing since we first got married,” she told People magazine. “We wake up in the morning and drink coffee and read the newspapers.”

Bush says he doesn’t thoroughly read the newspapers because of the bias but overall, he was one of the best read presidents. He and Cheney maintained a book reading contest when he was president and he read from 51-95 books a year, many of them pretty substantial.  Here was some of his reading in 2006:

Biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Carnegie, Mark Twain, Babe Ruth, King Leopold, William Jennings Bryan, Huey Long, LBJ and Genghis Khan to Andrew Roberts’s “A History of the English Speaking Peoples Since 1900,” James L. Swanson’s “Manhunt,” and Nathaniel Philbrick’s “Mayflower.” Besides eight Travis McGee novels by John D. MacDonald, Mr. Bush tackled Michael Crichton’s “Next,” Vince Flynn’s “Executive Power,” Stephen Hunter’s “Point of Impact,” and Albert Camus’s “The Stranger,” among others.

You would never dream that Bush was so well read when you listen to Maher and others accuse him of being stupid and ignorant.

After Bush faded into the sunset Maher and others switched to Palin as the high point of their attention. Again, she was attacked for not reading newspaper even though she has always maintained she has. She says she didn’t name specific ones for Katie Couric because she felt like the question insinuated she was an ignorant hick. Later on she told a more friendly face, Hannity, “I read Newsmax and the Frontiersman and Wall Street Journal and everything online. I absorb the news via many, many sources.”

Many on the Left still make fun of Sarah saying, “I can see Russia from my house,” as an example of her stupidity.  The only problem is that she never said this.  It was Tina Fey imitating her who said it. A Zogby poll showed that 86.9% of Obama voters believe this was said by Palin even though it originated with Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live.

Later Palin made the statement that Paul Revere warned the British about the rebels. Maher and  media universally jumped all over her calling her stupid.  But again they are the dumb ones for Palin was correct. When Revere was captured by the British he did warn them.  He told them of the army’s movement from Boston, and that British army troops would be in danger if they approached Lexington, because of hostile militia gathered there. He was attempting to misdirect them but he did warn them just as Palin said.

The media has had their favorite conservatives targets over the years who they love to portray as hicks or Neanderthals but recently they have grown more bold and are now attempting to portray all the Right as people too dumb to know which way is up, especially the religious ones.

This is kind of funny when you think of it. The Left loves to brag about how much smarter they are than the rest of us until dumbness serves their own ends.  For instance, they are against the Voter I.D. laws because many of their own are too dumb to get their own I.D. which is available to all.

During the 2000 election in Florida the Left insisted their people were so dumb that they didn’t know the difference between Al Gore and Pat Buchannan when punching the ballot. They also insisted that many of their own didn’t have the smarts to punch a hole in the Al Gore column on the ballots that didn’t have a hole punched for the President. Then they fight for voting rights for felons, apparently thinking that most people dumb enough to commit a crime and get caught are one of them.

We also have fun watching Jay Leno quiz dumb college kids in liberal schools who cannot name the vice president or who fought in World War II.

Their own admission of having dumb true believers within their midst doesn’t stop them from accusing all who disagree with them as being stupid. This stance has really been amplified since the global warning argument surfaced. Many on the Left, who know nothing about the subject, accuse anyone who is skeptical about the wisdom of spending trillions to stop it as being anti science and just plain stupid. Most on the Left will give no good reason why the skeptics are stupid but just pronounce it so as if they represent the voice of God on the matter.

It is interesting that the main spokesman for the Let’s-Spend-Trillions-to-Stop-Global-Warming crowd is Al Gore; and is this man a scientist of any hue?

No, no.  He’s a million miles away from being a scientist.  He’s a politician, which is as far away from science as you can get.

Copyright 2012 by J J Dewey

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  1. Hahaahha. I’m not too bright today. Great post!

  2. I think using the word “dumb” so often on this page will upset a lot of people. In fact “dumb” means “lacking the power of speech”. I would use that phrase, rather than Dumb…because the dumb word has a dull and lower vibration which is offensive to so many people, and you should probably avoid inflaming more people here.

    Usually I say “lower in consciousness” which I feel is less inflammatory.

    Many people on the Left are “lacking the power of speech” because they attack via their emotions, whereas the Right use more power of speech because they use more logic or mind.

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