If you’re gonna read one thing about this election then read this dude’s (ManWithNoStomach) comment cause that shit is 10x more coherent and true then anything you may or may not watch on whatever bullshit “NEWS” outlet that is your preference.
I’m going to agree with your exact statement but also ad an addendum. The sides are not equivalent. There are some dumb liberals. Lots of them. Enthusiastic college kids who took a few humanities courses and smoked some pot while listening to bob marley who think they have it all figured out, holistic/homeopathic crowds, uneducated (largely as a result of class and broken families) african americans who vote Obama because he’s black and no other reason, and as much as I have respect for the work they do – a great chunk of the blue collar working class (union guys) who work hard ass factory jobs and vote the party line regardless.I’m sure there’s some other groups i’ve missed and beyond that – there’s individuals that defy group identification.
That all being said, from personal experience and from everything I’ve read regarding how informed Fox News viewers are, or the average high school drop out rates among Red states and so forth – it is consistently obvious that the right in this nation is way fucking dumber, less informed, and poorly educated than the left and the middle. Their ability to pick fact from fiction, to have any kind of skeptical mind, to understand when they’re being fend junk science or revisionist history, the fact they so easily give into racism or crank economic theories, or act like the sky is falling because of age-old social fears, the frequency of religious zealotry, and so forth are great examples of this. Frank Thomas’ “What’s The Matter with Kansas?” and Bagaent’s Deer Hunting With Jesus are two great books that also high light a fact that the right wing of the nation (the populace that is) has a problem with.
Go to the welfare line down town. Go on, go. Find yourself a token black man who doesn’t speak proper English who is dressed like he belongs at a hip hop show – possibly even a grill up in his mouth and ask him who he’s voting for. And he’s going to tell you Obama.
Now go ask a toothless hillbilly who lives in a town where the schools don’t have funding, where labor unions have been broken up and wages have been driven down, where small businesses have closed up in competition to big box stores, where the number one employer is the fucking military, where crime in high, health insurance is desperately needed, the elderly don’t have the care they need – and ask old hillbilly who he’s voting for.
This is where the dumb, uneducated black guy grabbing a welfare check is actually smarter than the dumb old hillbilly. The black guy understands there’s a party at least claiming to benefit him. There’s a party out there that’s going to do something for him.
That hillbilly quotes bullshit about self-sufficiency, the American dream, the American way, rabid individualism and he votes for the guy who’s going to strip his town of even more resources. This hypothetical hillbilly could be on food stamps or medicaid himself – but it’s still very likely he’s voting Romney.
The right in this nation believe a lie – in fact, they believe a lot of lies. They’ve also been convinced largely by politicians preying on religious faith and culture fears regarding race and xenophobia that their culture, their well being is under attack by this evil other. And in trade they give up all hope of their communities ever being improved. They do it for god, or out of racism, or some bullshit about Keynesian capitalism being rebranded as “communism”. Toss in the senility of the baby boomers and you got yourself a mess of people. You got a 20 some odd percent of Republicans who could watch Bush Jr eat a live baby on television and still think he’s a pretty good guy, doing good things.
Look at Romney – what self respecting conservative would vote for this guy? He is a liar. Even if Kerry was a “flip flopper” – this guy is that times a 1000. No politician has ever been so shameless, will say anything, change his position on anything – multiple times within a fucking day! – just to get in office. He’ll promise anything, repeat known lies, it doesn’t matter. Because he knows he has the “anyone but the nigger” vote, he knows he has corporate backing bigger than his opponent, he knows cheating voter laws are in his favor.
To republicans – we got a Muslim, Kenyan nigger up in the White House and he’s got to go before he started re-education camps, gives control of the US to the Muslim Brotherhood and their evil socialist agenda!
From global warming as a hoax to destroying the curriculum in our science classrooms …one half of this equation is almost unequivocally dumb as fuck. They’re electing people who are obvious frauds and cheats, they don’t even believe in paying for what they spend anymore. It used to be that Republicans cut spending and taxes, then Democrats would increase both. now the democrats seem to take a balanced approach and Republicans spend spend spend while cutting taxes. It’s insane.
There are smart conservatives. And libertarians. There are. Gary Johnson to David Frum – plenty of smart guys and gals. Lots of them. But if you wanted me to pick which side of the spectrum had more morons? It’s the right wing. I feel sorry actually for the intellectual conservatives out there. They have to live with birthers, and bigots, and conspiracy nuts representing them on tv, on the radio, on the internet, at protests, as politicians. how anyone identifies with the republican party as it stands right now — baffles me. I hate to regurgitate something from Mahr – but a nice comment was made on last week’s show. the Democrats right now are the conservatives, the moderates and the liberals. They have to be everything – because the state of the GOP and it’s base right now is to act completely fucking batshit insane.
Only one party right now is talking about attacks on birth control. That right there says it all.
Is Obama the man who we thought he was? Dunno. But he’s 10 million better then Romney.