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  • American Voters Are Not Stupid

    If you only listened to President Obama and the left-wing echo chamber this week, you would think American voters are pretty dumb. It’s actually been the primary message of the White House for months. It is exemplified by the president blaming his low approval ratings on bad communications or messaging, rather than bad policies.

    But Obama really drove it home this month when he told supporters at fundraisers: “Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared. And the country’s scared.”

    See, you would understand facts and science if you just weren’t so scared! Or as the German playwright Bertolt Brecht said: “Would it not be easier in that case for the government to dissolve the people and elect another?”

    This is at least an improvement from when President Obama as a candidate accused voters of naively “clinging to guns or religion.” According to Obama; Tea Partiers – conservative and independent — just don’t understand why deficit tax-and-spend policies are so great, and why Washington knows better.

    This liberal meme of stupid voters is nothing new, except for the fact that the sitting president is unbelievably leading the charge. Liberals have been self-glorifying their intellectual superiority over middle and southern America for decades. The separation between Cambridge and Wasilla is more than geographic distance. Apparently, ivy-league water simply improves your ability to “think clearly.”

    But it isn’t always that easy. President George W. Bush graduated from Yale and Harvard Business School, so his detractors had to point to his Texas roots and privileged upbringing as reasons why that intellectual heft wasn’t really earned. President Bush would often mangle a word or two when speaking without a teleprompter, and give the left the ammunition they needed for immediate dismissal. Yet, the reliance on a teleprompter makes Obama a gifted orator, of course.

    This week leftist Salon writer Andrew Leonard at least dropped the subtlety. His article headlined: “The unbearable stupidity of American voters” made the case that taxes under President Obama have been lowered, and the economy has improved and therefore voters who believe the opposite is true are “the headwinds of ignorance.”

    Leonard fails to point out that President Obama does not intend to cut taxes or even keep rates constant, despite modest temporary and limited breaks forced into the failed stimulus by Republicans, but that he has proposed over $3 trillion in new taxes over the next decade. Voters know that Obamacare contained a slew of new taxes on all Americans, the individual mandate not withstanding. Voters know that President Obama has no intention of keeping the Death Tax at zero percent as it stands now.

    Voters know Obama would let all of the Bush tax cuts expire if he had his druthers, but he will instead fight to just raise income taxes on employers and people making over $200,000 a year. Voters know that Obama supports America’s high corporate tax rates, the second highest in the industrialized world, which puts our nation at huge competitive disadvantage globally.

    Voters are also smart enough to see that unemployment averaging ten percent does not signal economic recovery, even if the recession has technically ended. Voters understand that increased debt, deficits and spending will only cause the economy to endlessly suffer.

    The racist meme folds nicely into the stupid theme. Voters are stupid and racist. Just ask liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson who today once again tried to blame this year’s backlash against Washington on racism, arguing that it isn’t merely “coincidence” that voters strongly expressed disapproval for liberal policies at the same time a black president was in office. Robinson argues that America was just fine with a terrible federal government until a black president was elected, which would be a neat narrative, if not so absolutely void of “facts or science”.

    President Obama and leftists such as Robinson and Leonard can confidently blame communications for their problems because the White House communications operation is indeed inept. Even with the departure of former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, they are still left with an amateur cast of characters. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs can barely let a day go by without looking down his nose at the American people and smugly declaring their ignorance. Even last week, State Department spokesperson P.J. Crowley was sardonically tweeting Iran President Ahmadinejad in an incompetent attempt at diplomacy, trivializing the real and grave issues between our two nations.

    American voters are scared for all the right reasons this year. They fear an out of control government working outside its constitutional limits to impose drastic mandates, worsen the economy and weaken American strength, defense and competitiveness. The simple message of cutting and freezing spending, stopping tax hikes, protecting America, repealing Obamacare and getting control of an out-of-control government defines their mandate this year. President Obama should not be so quick to dismiss these ideas, or those who support them, as stupid. The American people deserve more than insults and elitism from their president.

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    10 Responses to American Voters Are Not Stupid

    1. MJF, CT says:

      The Left in their "daddy" role really do believe that we (The People) cannot think or fend for ourselves. The Left believes that without their "guidance", The People will fall into the dark abyss. Well, today may be the day that the Left gets a rude awakening!

      • bf connelly says:

        When Bush left office we had the biggest debt ever! When Clinton left office we were in the black.

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    3. Dennis, MA says:

      As a very wise man once said, (and I paraphrase), "Don't be stupid; Be a smarty; Come and join; The socialist party."

      As I say, "I'm stupid, scared, and bitter … and I vote."

    4. Abe says:

      Obama is an Israeli puppet and he has succeeded in delivering to Congress new faces for the Cause of Israel and fascism. Look at the ethnic make-up of Congress and tell me if you don't know who the Master is!

    5. CRC, AL says:

      "The American people deserve more than insults and elitism from their president."

      Indeed! I observed the responses of many liberal-leaning folks immediately following the 2008 and 2010 elections, both times matching this ugly attitude. Glad to see a return to a balance of power.

    6. J Roberts, Californi says:

      The people deserve a president who believes in the American Dream, not that of an absent socialist father.

    7. Dr dbiggs,CA says:

      Pres OBOZO: "Tea Bagger-in-Chief"

      You Can LIE but can you READ?

      Invasion by illegal ie "Criminal Aliens"

      Obviously you have never read the United States Constitution or

      else feel that in your ivory tower and wealth that it does not apply to you!!

      I feel you need to read the following and act according to the peoples wish

      not your wishes or special interests wish list!

      There are three references to the words "invasions," "invaded," and

      "invasion" in our U.S. Constitution:

      Article I, Section 8: "The Congress shall have Power To Provide for calling

      forth the Militia to execute Laws of the Union, suppress

      insurrections and repel Invasions."

      Article I, Section 10:"No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any

      Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time

      of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with

      another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War,

      unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as

      will not admit of delay."

      Article IV, Section 4:"The United States shall guarantee to every State in the

      Union as Republican Form of Government, and shall

      protect each of them against invasion, and on

      Application of the Legislature, of of the Executive (when

      the Legislative cannot be convened) against domestic


      Your Oath of Office and sworn duties as referenced mean you must Act and

      put a Stop to the Invasion of all the Illegal immigrants we are experiencing.

      Our U.S. Constitution mandates that invasions shall be repelled by Congress.

      and that means the persons in the House of Representatives and the U.S.

      Senate. Our nation's sovereignty must be protected.

      How can you even stand in front of a mirror and even look yourself in the eyes

      knowing you are a "Bought & Paid Hoe" for special interests and the

      Democratic Party Hacks? Tell me I am wrong, please because I fear for the

      future of our country as you certainly don't care about the people or our


      You go to the SAME PLACE for LYING as you do for STEALING!!

    8. alex , nyc says:

      A five-year, $14 million study of U.S. adult literacy , the most comprehensive study of literacy ever commissioned by the U.S. government,[2] was released in September 1993. This government study showed that 21% to 23% of adult Americans were not "able to locate information in text", could not "make low-level inferences using printed materials", and were unable to "integrate easily identifiable pieces of information.

      Voters are not stupid, but americans are, compared to other western nations, extremly uneducated.

      I am a permanent resident and quite often bewildered about the lack of historical and political knowledge of american citizens.

      I do think that as long as the level of education will stay as low as it is, Amerika will not be able to overcome its problems, no matter if the president is white, black , democract, republican, or martian.

    9. alex , nyc says:

      While a majority of United States citizens approve of teaching evolution[citation needed], many also support teaching intelligent design and/or creationism in public schools. (cited from wikipedia)

      Again, as a non-american permanent resident, I am just bewildered…..

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