Saturday, November 13, 2004


Liberals are sooo much better than the rest of us.

I'm off to Chicago soon for a real paying gig, so I will link to this post at Leftist as Elistist without much comment. The despicable cartoonist, Ted Rall (Taranto has a now outdated list of Rall more offensive pieces here), pens a piece explaining once again how superior Kerry voters are to Bush voters.

Why is it that when liberals point to the consistent Democratic majority in urban areas they say it's due to the cultural and educational superiority of city denizens. What happened to the inner-city folks; the welfare moms and unemployed who rely on the democrat's welfare state? Why are these people not mentioned? Is it because in this situation it doesn't serve their narrow argument? Isn't the inner-city important to the Dem's anymore? Why couldn't any of these liberals pen a coherent argument explaining how proud they are of retaining the inner-city vote? I'm guessing they don't feel proud of that support. Why is it less noteworthy when a welfare mom votes for your party than when an overeducated, effete snob supports your party?

John O adds this quote from George Will's most recent column:
It is passing strange. As the American public has become more educated, American intellectuals have become more disparaging of the public's intellectual incapacities and moral shortcomings. In 1940, more than half of the U.S. population had only an eighth-grade education, or less. Now that 85 percent are high-school graduates, 53 percent have some college education and 27 percent are college graduates, it is an article of faith among the progressive intelligentsia that the public is becoming increasingly obtuse, bigoted and superstitious.

There was a time—say, from the early 1930s to the mid-1960s, the period of the Democratic Party's ascendancy—when progressives thought their job was to increase the material well-being of ordinary Americans. It is not mere coincidence that the Democratic Party's strength has waned as its intellectuals' disapproval of ordinary Americans has waxed.


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