What’s left to say after this wipeout? – Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, says this: “Democrats lost because party leaders never truly fought for popular progressive reforms like the public option and breaking up the big banks, leaving voters uninspired to come to the polls and vote Democratic…. Progressives will be stepping up and insisting that the Democratic Party be bolder, not weaker. We will demand boldness, reward bold leaders, reject ‘leaders’ in name only, and hold Democratic politicians accountable when they don’t fight for popular, progressive change. In short, these next two years, progressives will push Democrats to fight strongly for popular progressive reforms — and save the Democratic Party from its own incredible weakness that savaged Democratic candidates in 2010.”
I've been reading this kind of argument for days now, and in all this time, because I'm a slow thinker who just doesn't get it fairly often, I assumed that the line comes from teenagers totally out of touch with reality, living in ideological cocoons, kids who play-act at life, regardless of the chronological age of such "kids." But, slow coach that I am, I have come to realise that these kids are serious. They really think they're onto the truth of the matter, that America rejected wishy-washy liberalism and demanded a real and deeply radical programme that would transform the nation into a pale imitation of a failed Euro-state. Yes, I can be dense. I thought this was a joke. I'm not nearly smart enough to be a Leftist.
A couple of quotations come to mind here, and I'll slip them in while no one is looking:
"Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain."
Friedrich von Schiller
Even better is this from Sorel, whom I might quote too often for my own good.
"The intellectuals are not, as is so often said, men who think: they are people who have adopted the profession of thinking, and who take an aristocratic salary on account of the nobility of this profession."*
Leftists are intellectuals, as they never tire of telling us, and they are very smart. Look at what they say:
Senator John Kerry, failed presidential candidate (2004) says of Americans who "refudiate" the elitist Left narrative:
"It's absurd. We've lost our minds," said a clearly exasperated Kerry. "We're in a period of know-nothingism in the country, where truth and science and facts don't weigh in. It's all short-order, lowest common denominator, cheap-seat politics."
Glen Johnson, "Kerry voices frustration with US political scene, " Boston Globe Online. October 28, 2010
Accessed 4 Nov 2010
Of the inimitable television newsreader, Katie Couric, shown pensively holding her chin between her thumb and index finger, wearing heavy framed 'intellectual' eye glasses "she has devised ways to slip out of her $15 million-a-year prison" by 'reporting from the field' rather than sitting in a studio. Escaping her prison and seeing in Americans in the field, We read:
"What she has learned on her latest excursions is that 'American voters are slightly schizophrenic—they want compromise, and yet some of them are ideologically so fixated to one point of view…' "
Howard Kurtz, "Katie Couric, On the Move" The Daily Beast. 25 Oct. 2010
Bill Maher, a television 'personality' of some sort, says this of American:
We have Democrats for one reason – to drag the ignorant hillbilly-half of this country into the next century, which in their case is the 19th.”
“I’ll tell you this about Americans – about the American electorate, the voter,” Maher said. “They love a winner. You know, as soon as he passed health care, [his approval rating] went up 15 points. They don’t understand the issues. They’re too stupid. They’re like a dog. They can understand inflection. They can understand fear. They can understand dominance. They don’t understand issues.
From California, that leftist paradise, we get this work of genius:
[P]rior to George W. Bush being elected president, Cher registered an opinion of the Republican candidate in the following way: "I don't like Bush. I don't trust him. I don't like his record. He's stupid. He's lazy."
Usually when one person calls another person "stupid," it's because the name-caller views himself or herself as more intelligent than the callee. Evidently, the way Cher throws around the word "stupid," the high school dropout clearly considers diva brainpower superior to a traditional Yale and Harvard education.
By Jeannie DeAngelis, 'A Dumb Woman Is a Dumb Woman," American Thinker. 6 Nov 2010
Andrew Clavan, "What Just happened?" City Journal. 3 Nov. 2010
President Obama’s observation, delivered last month at a Democratic fund-raiser: “Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared. And the country is scared.” Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, who also knows a thing or two about losing elections, had this to say to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce: “We’re in a period of know-nothingism in the country, where truth and science and facts don’t weigh in.” Kerry also told reporters: “We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on, so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening.” Then finally there was one of the great Democratic politicians of our time, Bill Clinton, who said of Harry Reid’s close race in Nevada: “The only reason this is a tough race is because it’s a tough time. People are having a tough time and they’re frightened and confused and they’re mad. It’s hard to think.”
There's a good chance I am never going to get it. I'm so stupid. I just wish I were as stupid as Sarah Palin or Allen West or Marco Rubio. As is, I'm not as smart as Cher. No tatoos.
*Georges Sorel, Reflections on Violence. (1908) Trans. T.E. Hulme. (Mineola, New York: Dover Publications; 2004.) P. 162, f.n. 19.