As ever, Balladeer’s Blog would be just fine if both the Democrat and Republican political parties – or the “Royal Houses” as I call them – splintered into multiple smaller parties. Yet, overseas – and for some smug people right here in the U.S. – a certain prejudice is still prevalent. That prejudice is the false notion that Republican voters are “stupid” and Democrat voters are “intelligent.” That notion is absurd even as sweeping generalizations go.
Here is a real-life incident that shows the template for every deceptive depiction of one political party as stupid and the other one intelligent. This same pattern has been repeated over and over and shows why this stubborn prejudice is not valid no matter how widely-held it may be.
In 2015 one of America’s female Republicans (which one is not important to this example, but no, it was NOT Sarah Palin) was speaking at a Tea Party event and closed by exhorting her audience to “Party like it’s 1773.”
Democrats all across the media and the internet had a field day ridiculing the woman for saying that. In their usual prickish, pompous manner American Democrats assumed the woman had meant to say 1776, which was the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. Democrat asses repeated their snobbish “Republicans are stupid” meme over and over again because of this incident.
Actually, since the Boston Tea Party, the event the Tea Party takes its name from, happened in 1773 – NOT 1776 – the Republican woman had the right year. That simple fact was lost and/or ignored in the slew of jokes about how “historically illiterate” Republicans supposedly were for defending the woman.
Talk shows, news shows, internet humor outlets all ran with the usual “Republicans are morons” sentiment for several days, claiming that this woman “didn’t even know that the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.” You see how the reference she made was completely lost on her supposed “intellectual superiors?”
Let me emphasize this for overseas readers: the people who had the historical reference RIGHT became national laughingstocks and were being ridiculed as “stupid” by the people who were WRONG about the historical reference. Corrections were never run or aired by any of the offending outlets. The historical fact was lost in the rush to ridicule and all the general public remembered was that, supposedly, once again Republicans had revealed how “stupid” they are.
I even see this general attitude being lazily repeated in overseas media outlets. This is how we arrived at the current situation in which Democrats are pretentious asses who are nowhere near as “intellectual” as they think they are but feel that they are automatically intellectual simply by virtue of calling themselves Democrats. Actually BEING intelligent is irrelevant in their approach.
After all, as the above anecdote demonstrated “everybody knows Republicans are stupid and Democrats are smart.” Most of the anecdotes that have fed into this general assumption are as off-base as the one recounted above. Other such assumptions fall into the same category.
So maybe people should take all this into consideration before joining the smirking jackasses called Democrats in their mockery of other people’s supposed intelligence level.
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