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They Had a Dream Rule by experts comes a cropper
The Weekly Standard ^ | June 02, 2014 | NOEMIE EMERY

Posted on 05/24/2014 10:44:07 AM PDT by Hojczyk

They had a dream. For almost a hundred years now, the famed academic-artistic-and-punditry industrial complex has dreamed of a government run by their kind of people (i.e., nature’s noblemen), whose intelligence, wit, and refined sensibilities would bring us a heaven on earth. Their keen intellects would cut through the clutter as mere mortals’ couldn’t. They would lift up the wretched, oppressed by cruel forces. Above all, they would counter the greed of the merchants, the limited views of the business community, and the ignorance of the conformist and dim middle class.

But in the event they were undone by the three things Siegel had pegged as their signature weaknesses: They had too much belief in the brilliance of experts, they were completely dismissive of public opinion, and they had a contempt for the great middle class.

The stimulus, costing more than a trillion dollars, came and went leaving nothing behind it, unlike the spending of FDR’s era, which at least for a while gave jobs to real people, and left behind things like bridges and dams and parks. “Climate change” had become an obsession, symbolized by the refusal to act on the Keystone pipeline proposal, which would have created jobs in Middle America, but which Obama’s Hollywood backers denounced as unclean.

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1 posted on 05/24/2014 10:44:07 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk
Dream Rule by experts comes a CRAPPER </sarcasm
2 posted on 05/24/2014 10:49:07 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Hojczyk

This is a must read. Wow, she really takes progressives apart.


3 posted on 05/24/2014 11:07:17 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: Hojczyk

High intelligence, in and of itself, is no predictor of successfully influencing the vast army of the “unwashed”.

Call it what you will, most people are suspicious of those in the very percentile numbers in the IQ brackets. Mostly it comes down to either they cannot stand “Mr. Know-it-all”, or that this really smart “city slicker” will somehow swindle them out of their few accumulated worldly goods, and walk away laughing.

High intelligence is a GIFT, not an automatic ticket to privilege and automatic adulation by the masses. People of high intelligence do not think better than others, they only make connections faster, and follow more threads of logic and/or reason (logic and reason are not necessarily the same things).

Being able to pursue these chains of logic, does not always mean they will arrive at real-world solutions. They can build some quite lovely ivory towers, just that those edifices are totally uninhabitable.


4 posted on 05/24/2014 11:17:22 AM PDT by alloysteel (Selective and willful ignorance spells doom, to both victim and perpetrator - mostly the perp.)
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To: Hojczyk

What a read. Thanks!

Should be printed off, framed and hung in every faculty lounge, employee break room and hospital waiting room in the nation.


5 posted on 05/24/2014 11:17:50 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Excellence

srbfl


6 posted on 05/24/2014 11:19:24 AM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: alloysteel

High intellect with no common sense is a recipe for disaster. That disaster goes by the name of Obamacare


7 posted on 05/24/2014 11:19:28 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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[British idiom: comes a cropper = fails badly]

Noemie Emery - Weekly Standard of June 2, 2014

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/they-had-dream_793497.html


8 posted on 05/24/2014 11:37:55 AM PDT by deks (Sent from my BlackBerry Q10)
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To: Hojczyk

They’re Utopian Terrorists.


9 posted on 05/24/2014 12:41:48 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party)
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To: deks

In riding parlance, to `come a cropper’ means to take a header & fall forward from one’s mount, usually because the horse refused a fence or hedge, and with one’s riding crop still in hand. It involves going @ss over teakettle toward the ground with absolutely no dignity remaining.

The expression is normally applied to the conspicuous failure of an individual, since a fall from a horse is a highly individual experience.


10 posted on 05/24/2014 12:46:39 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: alloysteel

People confuse intelligence with wisdom.

Often they are exclusive.


11 posted on 05/24/2014 1:26:26 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator.)
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To: Hojczyk

As a smart guy on CNBC once said:

China has central planning by mathematicians, scientists, and engineers.

And the US has central planning by attorneys.

Neither one is good, but by definition we lose.


12 posted on 05/24/2014 1:32:52 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: buffaloguy

>> This is a must read. <<

Oh, c’mon. You know full well that most of us only read the headlines!


13 posted on 05/24/2014 2:55:32 PM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: elcid1970

Thanks for the reply!


14 posted on 05/24/2014 6:27:53 PM PDT by deks (Sent from my BlackBerry Q10)
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The stimulus, costing more than a trillion dollars, came and went leaving nothing behind it

How can anyone say this? The stimulus funneled those TAX DOLLARS to Obama's supporters and his puppetmasters, to the unions, and to just about anyone who contributed to the voter fraud that put him in office.

Mark

15 posted on 05/24/2014 7:11:29 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Hojczyk

Deliciously scathing.


16 posted on 05/24/2014 9:17:46 PM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: deks; Hojczyk
Knowledge without wisdom is double folly.

• --Baltasar Gracian

Ninety percent of all human wisdom is the ability to mind your own business.

--Robert A. Heinlein

It is the folly of the world, constantly, which confounds its wisdom.

• --Oliver Wendell Holmes

17 posted on 05/25/2014 2:03:20 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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