A.J. DiCintio
The election and liberal intellectuality
By A.J. DiCintio
November 6, 2010

It may seem foolishly repetitive to point out that in reacting to Tuesday's election, liberals once again put the lie to their self-professed intellectuality.

However, given that they hold positions of power in our culture enormously in excess of their numbers, the truth about a herd of arrogant Yahoos whom Jonathan Swift would have satirized mercilessly must be told even if the last cow has come home.

Now, with the admission that what follows doesn't represent the whole of the perverse liberal performance — for that would take volumes — here are a few examples of the brilliance exhibited by giants who claim their ability to reason rises a million miles over the heads of the Lilliputians who disagree with their ideology.

For an overarching example of the deep thought with which liberals analyzed the behavior of Americans who painted the nation red this November, we can turn to the angrily superficial Bob Cesca (Huffington Post), who perversely imitated Porky Pig's Th-th-th-that's all folks! when he depicted the anti-Obama majority as a "'roid raging mob" motivated by "ignorance" that leads only to "chanting shallow platitudes and bumper sticker zingers."

Next, we may examine the superior rationality of Maureen Dowd, the columnist the NYT represents as a witty, incisive, sophisticated Lady Goliath but who is in reality an annoying, pretentious, petty little thing that sends the nation gaga only to the extent she drives it crazy with intellectually vacuous, dogmatically obedient, cutesy-phrased prose that ought to be accompanied by illustrated warnings ten thousand times more frightful than the ones posted on European cigarette packages.

How did Ms. Dowd analyze an election that after only two years shockingly slammed the brakes on change Obama style, an election whose motivating force Yahoo Italia correctly imagined as "a river full of American discontent"?

Well, first she lamented the fall of Barack Obama, "a brilliant and spellbinding young president" whose exquisitely reasonable vision for change just wasn't understood by the ignorant, religion and gun clinging, racist American majority.

Then, she characterized the president's victorious opponents as "nuts" who represent a "new crop of anarchic conservatives" whose goal is simply "to restore America to old-fashioned values" that never existed.

Of that malodorous sludge of superficiality and name calling, a particularly sarcastic Jonathan Swift might have written, "And that liberals call reason and sophistication."

But what can we expect from a glitzy true-believer who would gush over madman Mao with this:

He isn't perfect, true. But is there any person in the Milky Way who doesn't adore the intellectual genius and swoon over the Weltanschauung of straight-laced, sober-faced, Little Red Book toting Monday Morning Mao, the most brilliant mind ever to serve as Chairman?

Well, enough about the NYT's most notorious voice of reason.

Let's now turn to the monstrously huge intellects at MSNBC, beginning with Chris Matthews, who, on election night, responded to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann by asking her "Are you hypnotized?" and then "Did someone put you under a trance?"

Putting aside whether Matthew's language is crudely insulting for a commentator speaking to a guest he has invited to appear on his show, let's simply ask whether Honest Chris the Brave has ever employed the same language to slime a big shot Democrat who, he believed, wasn't providing specific answers to his questions: for example, regarding exactly how much Obamacare will cost over the next two decades or precisely what the administration's projection for the national debt by 2020 will mean for America as we know it.

But a true-believing liberal ideologue betray the Revolution? There will sooner be a snow sculpture competition held by Dante's damned.

Matthews also figured in another election night instance of liberal genius when he complained to PA Governor Ed Rendell that America "doesn't build anything anymore," stupidly going on (among the same background tittering that mocked Bachmann) to depict NJ Governor Chris Christie as a troglodyte dolt for halting NJ's participation in a new tunnel project.

Rendell replied by saying he thinks the project needs to go forward. However, he also pointed out Christie is correct to fight against all wasteful government policies, including environmental studies that delay projects so long they result in massive cost overruns thoroughly incompatible with the limited public funds available.

To that profoundly rational notion there was not a word of response, neither from Matthews nor the giggling adolescent baboons who sat by him surely thinking, "That silly monkey Rendell could learn a thing or two from Tip O'Neill's perfectly dug Big Dig!"

That last example of so-called liberal intellectuality, which, by the way, grievously insults the intelligence of real monkeys and baboons, has likely caused readers to come dangerously close to their vomitive tipping point.

Thus, this piece will end, directing the strong of stomach to websites such as the one hosted by the Media Research Center, mrc.org.

© A.J. DiCintio


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A.J. DiCintio

A.J. DiCintio posts regularly at RenewAmerica and YourNews.com. He first exercised his polemical skills arguing with friends on the street corners of the working class neighborhood where he grew up. Retired from teaching, he now applies those skills, somewhat honed and polished by experience, to social/political affairs.


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