Saturday, September 15, 2012

Only the dumb people are on their side

Well, Rick Santorum finally said something I can agree with, that they'll never have the smart people on their side.

He's speaking here at the "Values Voter Summit" (as if the rest of us didn't have "values"), and he's right. They've only got the ignorant, the gullible, the dumb on their side. But he doesn't go far enough. He doesn't wonder why that is.

Of course, the Rick Santorums of this world will never consider the possibility that they could be wrong. Only smart people do that. The ignorant, the gullible, the dumb just follow along like sheep, convinced that their own beliefs must be correct.

I do object to his claiming "the family" for himself. But as he uses it, that's just code for superstition and bigotry, anyway. He's welcome to "the church" (but ask them which church and see the fighting begin.) And when he claims they'll never have the media on their side, he's just lying. One look at Fox 'News' will tell you that.

But he's right about the smart people. The smart people, the knowledgeable people, the rational people will never be on his side. That's because he's wrong.

You know, when you admit that you've only got dumb people on your side, you've got to be really dumb not to see a problem with that!


Jeff said...

“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

― George Carlin

Jim Harris said...

Rick has another problem. He assumes the church and family are the same for all people in all places. There are liberal families and even liberal churches.

What he's really saying is families like his and churches like his, should have the right to speak for all people and congregations.

It's really hard to speak for America because we really are quite diverse. Beyond anything any single person or group can imagine.

WCG said...

You're right, Jim. But for Rick Santorum and his supporters, theirs is the only real religion, the only real family, the only real America.

Right-wingers seem to lack empathy, almost completely. It's not a lack of compassion - at least, not exactly. They're just unable to put themselves in someone else's shoes.

They think that everyone else is a moocher, but they demand unemployment insurance when they lose their job. Hey, they've got a family to support! Well, so does everyone else.

And they're rightly upset when they get cancer and their health insurance company dumps them,... but everyone else just hates corporations.

They're angry when Christians face discrimination elsewhere in the world, but there's nothing wrong with discriminating against non-Christians here, because... well, Christianity is obviously the only right religion.

They end up being complete hypocrites, as well as astonishingly clueless about other people. I really can't understand it, myself.