Saturday, August 02, 2008

Stupid Conservatives?

Per much mediaspeak, the following individuals were or are stupid: Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush.

Per the same mediaspeak, the following individuals were or are brilliant: Al Gore, John Kerry.

For a delicious refutation of the same, see the excerpt from Peter Schweizer's new book, Makers and Takers at National Post.* Schweizer tidily points out that political conservatives aren't stupider than political liberals by any objective measure except the assumption that they must be, which of course is not an objective measure.

We delight in this piece for two reasons.

First, because we are tired of reminding people that Nobel laureate Al Gore flunked out of Vanderbilt Divinity School, something that we barely imagined possible for any person who inhabits planet earth and can pay tuition.

Second, because the same applies to theology, where it is commonly assumed that the orthodox are stupid (meaning ignorant, fearful, and secretly evil) and the revisionists intelligent (meaning insightful, honest and brave).

So, the left is truly stuck on stupid.
* Who would expect such from a Canadian publication?

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