Skip to comments.On the Left, Itís Fake Sophisticates, Real Snobs
Posted on 02/01/2011 8:50:35 AM PST by Kaslin
Who will come to liberals' emotional rescue?
Conservatives regularly observing members of the political left will sometimes feel like zoologists. Our opponents are a craven and animated lot. All their antics, bizarre posturing, moronic moralizing, rage, and mindless dedication to avoiding rational argument call to mind the behaviors of a baboon troop in a Guinea forest.
Conversely, leftists pay no heed to conservatives. This is true both for our beliefs and the words we actually say. They prefer to deal with bogey men of their own construction.
Straw men are easier to set on fire than reality-based propositions. Our foes mischaracterize, accusing us of being mean, greedy, or slave to whatever -ism pops into their head on a Sunday morning. Logical fallacies are their preferred response and they continuously project their deficiencies upon us. Red herrings, straw men, and appeals to conformity abound. A variation of the latter — the everybody knows gambit — was recently analyzed here by Herbert London. Another sacred line of anti-reasoning is the appeal to sophistication.
The Democratic Partys faux aura of refinement is an integral tool behind their attempts at indoctrination. This was evident with Sarah Palin, who quickly became their bête noire.
Palins positive traits — kindness, happiness, beauty, domestic tranquility, and gratefulness to God — infuriated them with the way she made their own emotionally chaotic, depressed, statist feminists rank in comparison. They depicted her as ignorant, uneducated, a hick, and a fool. Standard! The same slanders are applied to Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck on a daily basis.
These tactics may or may not work with adults old enough to know better, but polling data suggests that they have succeeded wonderfully with the young (college students in particular).
Allen Ginsbergs prediction — Well get you through your children! — was highly prescient. Your average sophomore and freshman at a university know very little about history, current events, political science, human nature, and economics — perfect clay for the Democratic Party to mold into drones.
Statist professors present the ignorati with Manichean interpretations of complex issues. They begin by denying that a political spectrum exists. Were they to do otherwise then conservatives rejecting a neo-socialist like Barack Obama would be non-remarkable. Yet as opposed to nuance (purportedly their thing), the kids only hear it is people like us who are enlightened and who care while those on the other side do not.
Democrats make politics easy for neophytes. This is ideal for both parties. Quick and obvious solutions appeal to young adults who do have not the life experiences to fathom the billions of things they do not know.
Moronic slogans remove argumentative ground altogether. Members of the political left are described as the embodiment of Platos Guardians. Democrats are our societys intelligent and thoughtful elite.
Their good is contrasted with the rights evil. We are nothing but a ramshackle horde of obese tea baggers, haters, racists, and Neanderthals. A kid soon internalizes that only rubes listen to Republicans. After all, no conservative could pass a polygraph test if he maintained that youthful cadres are the ones weve been waiting for! No thanks.
Educated folks do not vote Republican, and it will surprise no one that your run-of-the-mill ethnic studies major regards himself as a very educated person indeed. Besides, nearly all of the fashionable people tilt left.
In just a couple of semesters, college students get equipped with all the knowledge they need to psychoanalyze the political right. Even less time is needed to glean that those who oppose the gay lobby are stricken with homophobia.
Conservative objections to the demands of gay activists are illogical and a product of finding them icky. Sadly, our criticism of policy changes amounts to anti-gay hysteria. Linguistic terms also predetermine later affiliation. Leftists are progressive which means that those who oppose them must hate progress.
Republicans are more likely to believe in God so leftist atheists are brights by default. Global warming? Two words: its science. Those of us who question it are stupid flat-earthers.
For yokels alarmed by the heavy-handed and spasmodic growth of the federocracy there is another term: tenthers. Think the Constitution is the highest law of the land? You are a sick individual displaying a pathological fetish.
Everyone with an ounce of schooling intuits that the Constitution is a living, breathing document, and a deeply flawed one at that. Any over-promoted community organizer could tell you that it addresses only negative liberties and is confusing to boot. Whats worse, it was written more than a hundred years ago.
Eighteen-year-olds can easily meld their minds to this kind of malarkey and not much else. The genius is in its snark and simplicity. Should a students parents be Republican then the myth of sophistication becomes hypnotic. A childs superiority over his mom and dad matches his earliest assumptions.
Al Gore confirmed this to a group of youths when he proclaimed that there are some things about our world that you know that older people don’t know. What high school lad after observing his fathers taste in ties would disagree?
Young people gravitate to the left and transfer their ignorance to election tallies. As the leftist ages he continues to chase the wayward dragon that was his early delusions of eminence. He continues to regard the right as a tribe of primitives who dwell, both literally and figuratively, in Jesusland.
The haughty reaction of leftists to conservative ideas is something we all endure at one time or another. Its no easy task to re-program a true believer, especially one with the countenance of a college sophomore.
Everythings only too clear to him as it always is when you know practically nothing. Conservative exchanges with the opposition are scripted and remedial. For example, the most common enemy posting on my YouTube channel is redneck.
Explaining to those critics that I reside in Chicago — a locale that brims with shady characters but few rednecks — fails to persuade. The lefts answer to every problem is more government, so they are astounded as to why we just dont get it. Clearly, no one who isnt a 6th grade dropout would articulate what we do here at Pajamas Media.
In his superb 2008 book, The Tyranny of Liberalism, James Kalb stated that the nature of advanced liberalism can be inferred from those who support it. Throughout the West the most well-placed and respectable men and institutions are regularly liberal, while those who reject liberalism are tagged as ignorant, provincial, and lower-class. [p. 90]
When we point out that government is inefficient, irresponsible, corrupt, and that its debts are breaking the American taxpayer, they blame George W. Bush. After that, they blame him some more. That Bushs deficits paled in comparison to Obamas treasury busting spending spree is not something they deign to acknowledge.
Great intellectuals are unconcerned by debt, the unemployment rate and inflation. Only commoners worry about that stuff. Its 2009 Beaujolais in comparison to the audacity of fundamentally transforming the United States of America.
The universality of the sophistication non-sequitur astounds. Time magazine employed it last spring after discerning that golds over-performance functioned as a critique of a hyper-Leviathan their pages helped to construct.
In the name of proving accurate the phrase state-run media, Time diminished the noble metals value via urbane critique. They conceded that the element had done well but rationalized that it is not nearly as powerful an economic tool as the more abstract forms of money that have taken its place.
Ah, so golds not worthy due to its lack of abstraction? Tell that to the world during a global currency war amid the dollars race to the bottom. Only a broke journalist and/or leftist termite would be dim enough to buy the notion that being more abstract makes for a better investment vehicle.
Democratic Party panjandrums are as bored as Time by the federocracys impact. They prefer to use their self-touted brains as a mechanism for fabricating links between Sarah Palin and a schizophrenic madman. Even more fulfilling is when they express sanctimonious rage over Dont Ask, Dont Tell.
Why bother stressing over Obama-ville? Washington, D.C., can simply print money and bankroll everything — which is precisely what they are doing. Admittedly, to deny reality in the manner of a Democrat is no small imaginative feat.
Like a preschooler, the leftist is addicted to emotion. He cannot live without feeding his fragile ego with prefab claims of ascendance. Democrats will never abandon the trope that there is something learned and sublime about their auto-statism. To do so would make the vin ordinaire that is their thoughtworld sound like the cheap table wine it actually is.
Another fallacy for the use of the ignorant or the inexperienced or the lazy who are unable to mount actual valid arguments.
(you lefties may want to to “put some ice on it”...)
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