Post by Oleg Smirnov Post by USA 45
Right-Wingers Are Less Intelligent Than Left Wingers, Says
Study Children with low intelligence grow up to be prejudiced
Right-wing views make the less intelligent feel 'safe'
Analysis of more than 15,000 people
Right-wingers tend to be less intelligent than left-wingers,
It's a long known thing.
Higher intelligence does not necessary mean higher sanity though.
That is one of the reasons why intellectuals are more appropriate
in universities and in special professional fields, whereas in
politics everything tends to happen in a more dialectical manner
(another known thing is that junior students can better learn the
subject from senior students rather than from professors).
The Crazy Lefts 4-Step Strategy To Ensure Trumps Re-Election In 2020
Embarrassed, angry, and confused, the Left is simply doubling down on
the behavior and the rhetoric that drove large numbers of Americans to
vote for Trump in the first place.
By Daniel Payne
January 20, 2017
The first Trump administration has not yet even begun, and already
people are planning to get him re-elected. I am not talking about
Republican political strategists dreaming of the campaign ads to run
starting in mid-2019. I am talking about seemingly the entire liberal
political establishment, which is devoting itself wholesale to
ensuring that the 2020 election is another victory for Donald Trump.
This is something of a surprise. After the humiliating defeat of
Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, you would imagine liberals would
learn to tell the difference between what works and what doesnt. The
paranoia, the sneering condescension, the celebrity-infused elitism,
the relentless othering of tens upon tens of millions of Americans:
this approach was a failure. Clinton lost the most winnable election
in several generations.
So you might think that, in the run-up to the 2018 midterms and
ultimately the 2020 presidential election, American progressives would
try something differentanything different!
You would be wrong. Embarrassed, angry, and confused, the Left is
simply doubling down on the behavior and the rhetoric that drove large
numbers of Americans to vote for Trump in the first place. If youre a
liberal and you want to greatly increase Trumps chances for
re-election in 2020, here are four easy steps you can take to make
that a reality.
1. Deny the Legitimacy of the Election Results
The election had barely been called when liberals began claiming it
had been a rigged affair. Ari Berman implied that the GOPs attack on
voting rights was a likely source of Trumps victory, as did Mark
Joseph Stern. Paul Krugman, who seemed to suffer a nervous breakdown
after the election, insisted repeatedly that the election was
hacked, chalking up Trumps win to subversion perpetrated by a
foreign power and a rogue domestic law enforcement agency.
Robert Reich declared that a dark cloud of illegitimacy hangs over
Trumps victory. Former Clinton campaign manager Brian Fallon said
that the behavior of Russia and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
call[s] into question the legitimacy of his win. Rep. John Lewis
came right out and said: I dont see [Trump] as a legitimate
More broadly, liberals took up the all-too-familiar not my president
rallying cry after Trump won. Celebrities, commentators, and liberal
activists echoed the sentiment, implying that Trump was an
illegitimate president and Clinton had actually won.
Here is a tip for all the aggrieved liberals out there who hope to
delegitimize the Trump administration: dont do it. It only weakens
your cause. If you say, We are not happy about the results of this
election, and were going to fight against Trump, but we accept that
hes our president, Trump voters might be more willing to listen to
you. If instead you spend four years screaming TRUMP IS A FAKE
PRESIDENT HE STOLE THE ELECTION!!! then you will only radically
alienate more and more conservative and independent Americans going
forward, setting the stage for another Trump victory.
2. Disparage and Demean Your Fellow Americans
Suffice it to say that many liberals were dismayed and upset by the
election results. Thats understandable, particularly given how highly
charged the election had been. Yet the liberal response to Trumps
victory went above and beyond simple disappointment: American
progressives turned on tens of millions of their fellow Americans and
accused them of rank bigotry and hatred.
To take but a small sampling: very early on November 9, before the ink
had even dried on Trumps victory (literally: the papers were still
probably rolling off the presses), Slates Jamelle Bouie published a
vicious indictment of Trumps voters, claiming that Trumps white
voting base cast their ballots for him as a white herrenvolk, an
explicit reference to the violent racial ideologies of Nazi Germany.
Bouie also drew a direct link between Trumps victory and the
sadistically brutal 1955 murder of black teenager Emmett Till. The
implication was clear: white Trump voters are either Nazis or
spiritual heirs to racist brutality.
Not to be outdone (maybe they were holding some kind of histrionics
contest over there), a few other Slate writers chimed in: L.V.
Anderson claimed that white women sold out the sisterhood and the
world by voting for Trump. As Anderson put it, the biggest
that white women voted for Trump was racism: white women, according
to Anderson, decided theyd rather have the respect of their angry
white fathers, brothers, and husbands than the respect of literally
everyone else in the world.
Michelle Goldberg, meanwhile, announced: Donald Trumps victory
proves that America hates women. Goldberg claims that, faced with the
prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency and changing gender norms, a
majority of men would rather burn this country to the ground than let
A few months after the election, this vicious denigration of Americans
still continues. Last week, in a widely-shared Twitter post, tech
executive Melinda Byerley accused middle America of being a
shithole with stupid people. She implored these stupid people to
elect a progressive city council and commit to not being bigots. She
also accused them of [not wanting] brown people to thrive.
This cannot be overstated: liberals, if you wish to persuade more
Americans to vote Democrat (or at the very least not vote for Trump),
then smearing them as Nazis, psychopaths, bigots, and misogynists
isnt going to help.
The vast majority of Americanseven the vast majority of Trump
voters!are not any of these things. They may be wrong about Trump,
what he stands for, and what hell do once hes in office. But
screaming at them, accusing them of terrible prejudice and hatred, and
calling their hometowns and states shitholes is just going to harden
Keep this up, and in 2020 theyll say, Golly, who should I vote for:
the guy who says he respects me, or the folks who dismiss me and my
family and friends as stupid people?
3. De-Normalize Trump Voters
Liberals, you dont have to agree with Trump voters, hang out with
them, or like them. But your efforts to bar your Trump-supporting
fellow Americans from polite society are only going to backfire on
Fresh off the high of accusing Trump-voting Americans of being
next-of-kin to lynch mobs, Bouie declared: Theres no such thing as a
good Trump voter. Many people took this maxim to heart. Dallas
resident Henry Rosen announced Trump voters are not welcome in [his]
house this holiday. Rather than continue a 20+ year tradition of an
after-the-holidays party at his house, Rosen cancelled the party so he
would not have to invite anyone who voted for Trump.
Meanwhile, in Honolulu, Hawaii, a café advertised: If you voted for
Trump you cannot eat here! No Nazis. (The owner backed down after the
story went public.) In Skowhegan, Maine, a propane dealer recorded
this little missal on his businesss answering machine: If you voted
for Donald Trump for president, I will no longer be delivering your
gas. Please find someone else.
Its not just unhinged op-ed writers and business owners that have
this problem: liberal family members are practically disowning their
conservative kin over the election results. One man cancelled
Christmas plans with his conservative relatives. Another lady moved
her wedding so her fiancés Trump-supporting grandmother and aunt
could not attend. Another woman told her own brother, a Trump voter,
to stop texting her; she also decided to spend Thanksgiving away from
her extended family rather than be around them.
This should be obvious, but apparently its not: this is a very bad
tactic for changing hearts and minds. If you want to get your family
members to come around to your point of view and maybe vote for a
Democrat in the next election, shunning them for four years is
absolutely not going to help.
More to the point, whether or not they voted for the same candidate as
you, theyre your family. If you turn your back on your family because
of politics, it is only going to further entrench the countrys deep
political and cultural divisions. Among other things, that drives up
the chances that Trump will secure another victory in 2020.
4. Pile on the Elite Liberal Sanctimony
Of all the ineffective ways to combat a Trump presidency and weaken
his chances for re-election, having elite liberal celebrities lecture
the country with a hearty dose of sanctimonious moralizing may rank at
You can find no better example of this flawed approach than Meryl
Streeps anti-Trump speech at this years Golden Globes. When
accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award, Streep decided to speak out
against Trump. In just a few minutes she managed to deliver a speech
dripping with self-congratulatory liberal condescension and
faux-victimhood, claiming that the trifecta of Golden Globe
demographicsHollywood, foreigners, and the pressare the most
vilified segments in American society right now.
Thats right: a nationally and globally revered multimillionaire was
explaining to a room full of other nationally and globally revered
multimillionairessome of them worth hundreds of millions of
dollarswhy they are vilified and consequently victims.
When I ask liberals to stop with their disastrous, self-defeating
Trump opposition, Im asking of them a personal favor.
Further highlighting this problem: last week on his late-night talk
show, Jimmy Kimmell did a comedy bit explaining how the truth works.
This skit was response to a tweet from Trump imploring people to make
up their minds about the truth. The bit was actually sort of funny,
and its central pointthat the truth is the truth, regardless of
whether you make up your mind about itwas 100 percent correct. Just
the same, it came off as absolutely smug and sneeringnot something
thats going to change many peoples minds.
A recent cartoon in The New Yorker drives the point home: on an
airplane, an angry, yelling man stands up and announces to the
passengers: These smug pilots have lost touch with regular passengers
like us. Who thinks I should fly the plane? Many hands are raised in
The cartoons punchline is an intellectual mess, but the underlying
point is still clear: stupid, angry Americans have stolen the yoke of
government from its rightful owners and handed it to an idiot with no
business sitting in the executive seat.
To be fair, I remain convinced that Trump is likely unfit for office.
I am hoping he proves me wrong, but it doesnt look like he will. Just
the same, if I wanted to make the case against Trump, I wouldnt do so
with a supercilious, stupid cartoon that doesnt even make a good
analogy about the presidential election. Cartoons like this simply
offend people and make them more resistant to hearing your point.
In addition to believing he is not fit for the office of the
presidency, I have another problem with Trump: he is not a
conservative, and thus his presidency will surely further the cause of
big government. In some ways, for my purposes, it would have been
better if Clinton won the presidency last year. She would have been
just as liberal as Trump, if not more, but we could have counted on
strong Republican opposition to counteract her liberal agenda. Under
Trump, the GOP will likely go along with his domestic policy,
whichalthough his cabinet may be able to prevent thiswill likely not
be very conservative at all.
I say all of this to offer liberals this assurance: barring a
conservative miracle from the Trump administration, I, too, will want
Trump out of office in 2020, either to another GOP challenger or to a
Democrat against which conservatives will more fully unite. When I ask
liberals to stop with their disastrous, self-defeating Trump
opposition, Im asking of them a personal favor. For goodnesss sake,
ignore your own awful political impulses and try something different
I will spend the next four years defending conservative values and
attempting to convince people to vote against Trump if he betrays
those values. One thing I will not do, however, is sneer at or
condescend to my fellow Americans who genuinely believe Trump is a
good president. I want to change their minds, and I wont be able to
do that if Im just making fun of them for four years. Neither will
you, liberals. But if what you desire is another Trump victory in
2020, by all means, keep doing what youre doing.
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