Clearing the Fog
in the
War of Words


  logomachy--1. A dispute about words. 2. A dispute carried on in words only; a battle of words.
logomachon--1. One who argues about words. 2. A word warrior.



Democrats think we’re stupid

The other day a friend told me of a bumper sticker he had seen:

If You Can Read This, You’re Not My President.

Kinda clever, but it doesn’t tell us much about George Bush. The Democrats say that about nearly all Republicans. And they believe it. Really. No matter what else they believe. No matter what else they say.

Just about every Republican presidential candidate that I can remember—that’s back to Eisenhower—has been tagged as stupid by the Democrats. You could extend the list through Wilkie, Coolidge, and Harding. Nixon and Hoover are exceptions. They were evil.

For the Democrats’ mouthpieces in the press, that was the pre-shaped storyline. Conversely, the Democrats think it a self-evident recommendation, which they point out ceaselessly, that their guy is well-educated, brilliant, so erudite, cultured—writes books and speaks French: Stevenson, Kennedy, Carter, Dukakis, Clinton, Gore, Kerry.

Are there Republicans on the hirsute back-slope of the bell curve, who circled the wagons and are still waiting for the Indians, who are two sparks short of a campfire?

Sure. But all Republicans, especially presidential candidates? As the deconstructionists put it, the idea is over determined. There is too much evidence, and it all boils down to the fact of being a Republican.

The standard story probably tells us more about Democrats’ psychology than Republicans’ IQs. Democrats need to believe that they are the smart ones.

So it is fun to watch what they do when they have to come out of the ivory-covered towers of their minds and deal with the real world. They do things like suing to overturn laws that require voters to vote in their neighborhood polling places. (The Florida Supreme Court (aka “SCoFla”) and a district judge in Colorado have rejected the Democrats complaints. See the Washington Times.)

And why did the elite Democratic voters need to be allowed to sow their wild votes with such multilateral randomness or whimsicality? In the Florida case, “labor unions argued [that the law] unconstitutionally deprived residents of the right to vote if they did not know their polling place”.

Think about that for a moment. My first question is, why bother? It sound like they’re just a bunch of dumb Republicans.


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