Because You’re Not Smart

Over the last four years, the Democratic Majority in the House took courageous action on behalf of America’s middle class to create jobs and save the country from the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression.

Our Members and candidates ran remarkable campaigns led by the superb leadership of DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen.

The outcome of the election does not diminish the work we have done for the American people. We must all strive to find common ground to support the middle class, create jobs, reduce the deficit and move our nation forward.

— Speaker Pelosi1, after majority of election returns in, November 2, 2010, showing net gains in the historic, 60+ seat range for the GOP2.

This woman just doesn’t get it. Or, she thinks you don’t get it. Because you’re not smart. And, because you’re not smart, she expects to do business as usual moving forward. She’s touting a record of accomplishments “for” (I think she meant “to”) the American middle class that the Democrats have done in four years. She actually mentions creating jobs as if that is a fait accompli — something already accomplished — and because you’re not smart, she doesn’t expect you to know that the Federal Government’s own numbers for several months put unemployment at just slightly under 10%. Some job creation!

“… support the middle class … reduce the deficit …” Excuse me? Speaker Pelosi, because I’m not smart, I’m confused. I’m not at all sure how an $800+ BILLION DOLLAR stimulus spending bill, plus other bail outs/buy outs, plus extending unemployment benefits to 99 weeks, plus a $1 TRILLION health care bill combine to reduce the deficit.

But, because she said it is so, and because we, the American people, are not smart, we are expected to wallow in this horse manure and to believe her words as truth when she tells us it smells like roses and tastes like strawberry shortcake.

Karl Rove and other long time, long-term established members of the GOP have decided that you are not smart also. Especially those of you that live in Delaware and Nevada. “If only you had been smart enough to pick more electable candidates, we could have captured the Senate too” is what he and they are saying.

They expected that, because you’re not smart, you would only remember the phrase “government of the people” from your history lessons and forget that the phrase “by the people and for the people” is in the same speech3. Because you are not smart, they never expected you to know that the Bill of Rights insists on “consent of the governed” as a condition for valid government. Because you are not smart, your choices for your representatives were not their choices, and so he and they spent months reminding you and the rest of the voters in the country that you were not smart.

Because you are not smart, the pundits on all the major news outlets and the political contributors in the major newspapers had to attempt to explain to you what you were seeing and hearing. And when the upstart, grassroots, non-established, common people didn’t win a race they had hoped to, those pundits used phrases such as “big loss for the Tea Party”.

When those same unwashed masses did win, some of the pundits opined that: Anger comes to Washington. They sat around all night with their experts and their penchant to be the comptrollers of information and opinions and asked “what do you think this means?”

This question of course, was not directed at you, because you are not smart enough, nor articulate enough, nor forward thinking enough to answer it. So, it was directed at a chief correspondent, or similar expert to clarify for you, because you’re simply not smart enough to know what your vote and those of your neighbors meant.

President Obama also believes you are not smart. After almost two years of pushing an agenda largely contrary to the wishes of the American people, and after an historic midterm election that indicates severe displeasure with his methods and his policies, he still intends to continue.

“I think the American people want us to push a little harder to get this car back on the road and heading in the right direction.”4

(No, Mr. President, we want you to stop pushing, driving, and damaging our vehicle.)

But, because you, the American public are not smart enough to recognize brilliance, because you are incapable of comprehending the “greater good” that he is trying to bestow, because you simply cannot fathom the depth of his wisdom (ask the pundits form earlier), your collective, shouted STOP! on the 2nd of November, 2010, does not really mean stop. It actually means that he has to do a better job of explaining what he’s trying to do. Ask him; he’ll confirm that.

Because you’re not smart, you’re fearful. And because you’re fearful, you’re even more confused than normal.

Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument do not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared.

— President Obama, campaign fund raiser, October 20105

Because you’re not smart and cannot stay focused on more than your fear and your superstitions, the political elite and the media elite all expect this latest wave of American voices to begin to falter and to eventually fade into the dark shadows as a bad memory so that they can get on about the business of governing. Because you’re not smart, they know better than you do about what’s best for you and this country. Ask ’em. They’ll tell you. Heck, you don’t even have to ask most of the time.

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1Pelosi speech, post midterm election. … read more …
2No party has gained more than 55 seats since 1932 … read more …
3Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address … read more …
4President Obama’s press conference, November 3rd, 2010 … Partial transcript …
5President Obama, fund raiser speech … read more …

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