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Who Do They Think They’re Fooling?

“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.”

-Voltaire

“Fools are more to be feared than the wicked” 

-Queen Christina

 

I’m a lot of things; opinionated, assertive, sometimes thoughtful – sometimes not so much and a bunch of other stuff I’m not going to bother getting into although I admit not all of it is pretty. If you want the full list, contact my baby sister who can happily provide it in triplicate and has been able to since she was five.

But whatever else I may be – I’m not stupid and I get tired of being treated like I am, particularly by people who actually are a sandwich or two short of a full picnic,  including some activists,  politicians and media journalists.

This week, the New Democratic Party (NDP) introduced legislation to eliminate the Clarity Act. For those of you just tuning in, the Clarity Act is a piece of legislation that basically lays down the ground rules for a referendum on Quebec sovereignty. It was designed to protect citizens of the province from being railroaded by a fuzzy confusing question that might tilt the referendum in favour of nationalists by default rather than on the merit of their argument.

The NDP now propose to gut the bill and not out of any sense of loyalty to the principles of democracy. They have introduced their bill in an attempt to maintain the electoral breakthrough they made in the last election. They have, in other words, tossed Canadian unity under the bus, to protect seats in Quebec.

They call this the Unity Act because they think we’re too stupid to see it for what it is. Only a political party could believe that calling s threat to national unity, The Unity Act, would fool everyone.

But then, that’s how it goes with some politicians isn’t it?

How many times have you heard a political leader say, “People want us to make Parliament work. They don’t want an election.”

That’s the nonsense being touted by Provincial NDP Leader Andrea Horvath and newly elected Premier Kathleen Wynn. The people of Ontario don’t want an election. Oh yes they do, ladies and sooner rather than later.

You may think we’re stupid but we’re not. The idea that the people don’t want an election isn’t based on anything other than the fact that the two parties don’t want an election. The Premier doesn’t want one because she knows her minority government will get a serious ass-whupping and Ms Horvath doesn’t want one because her party can’t afford an election campaign right now and she’s uncertain as to just how well they might do in the election.

We’re not stupid. Quit treating us like we are.

Quite frankly, I’m tired of silly people saying stupid things in the mistaken belief that most of us are as stupid as they are.

NDP MP Charlie Angus has his shorts bunched up around his throat over the cost incurred by the RCMP when they transported the Prime Minister’s armoured limousine with him on a recent trip to India and other Asian countries. He is apoplectic at the unnecessary expense, especially because the Indian government offered one of their limos. Of course, this would be the same India where two of its own prime ministers have been assassinated and which has seen an fairly significant amount of turmoil which the government has been unable to address effectively.

Nonetheless, Charlie Angus is undeterred by things like facts or common sense. He stands on guard for the taxpayer dollars, unless of course, those dollars are being misspent and unaccounted for in the millions by his pal Theresa Spence.

It was the same Charlie Angus who less than a month ago dismissed the findings of an audit that showed more than 80% of all taxpayer funding to Chief Spence’s reserve being unaccounted for. Apparently in Charlie’s mind, all taxpayer dollars are equal but some are more equal than others.

Too many, like Charlie Angus, Bob Rae, Justin Trudeau and the always sanctimonious Carolyn Bennett tried to portray Theresa Spence’s charade into something everyone knew it wasn’t. We’re not so stupid that we don’t have at least a modicum of an idea of the ravages to a person’s body when they are truly on a hunger strike. Despite the fact that it was nothing but a fraud, Carolyn Bennett went so far as to call it an act of desperation.

The only act of desperation, Carolyn is your belief that the rest of us are so stupid, it somehow legitimizes your self-serving hypocrisy.

I’m also tired of too many in the media talking down to us like we’ve all got the IQ of monkeys. Someone needs to remind them of two simple facts. The first is that we’re not all as stupid as they think we are and the second is that the news isn’t there for their personal self-aggrandizment.

Whether it’s The National’s Peter Mansbridge looking sincerely into the camera to tell us that elections are “all about us” or that he and his colleagues are going to explain to us what the newsmaker just said or Evan Solomon with his high school looks and his Wikipedia understanding of the facts, it’s all simply condescending.

I find the arrogance unbelievable, especially coming from those who work for news media that are losing audience thanks to the best efforts of some journalists who are too stupid to realize that treating people like they’re stupid only results in them voting with their wallets.

I’m tired of Elizabeth May telling us that 60% of Canadians didn’t vote for the Conservative Government as if that has some sort of meaning. We know that Liz, we can do the math and the math tells us that 98% of Canadians didn’t vote for you or your party. So what does that tell you?

For that matter, what does the fact that 35% of Canadians didn’t vote at all tell you?

I’m tired of politicians and the media trying to sell the idea that Canadians were cautious and decided to elect a minority government as if we all got together one Saturday night with pizza and beer to discuss it before we voted. Almost everybody votes in order to see their candidate win. Even so called strategic voters are hoping their candidates get elected. There’s no unified voter strategy. Quit treating us like we’re so stupid we’ll buy that nonsense and find something more intelligent to talk about.

I’m also tired of being lectured by activists on issues  most of them don’t understand and have never bothered to research beyond a few tweets on Twitter or the equally misinformed nonsense of their colleagues standing next to them chanting, “we shall overcome”. Freedom of speech is an incredibly valuable right. It’s beyond stupid to watch it being wasted by people who haven’t got a clue.

I’m fed up with people too stupid to understand that being gay isn’t a lifestyle choice; it’s how a person is wired genetically and I’m deeply offended by the intolerance that flows from that stupidity.

I find it particularly offensive to be called a racist by people too stupid to realize that criticizing the policies of someone who happens to be of a different race is not racist but refusing to criticize those policies because of his or her race is racist. I am tired of university students who stupidly think that the post-secondary institutions that taxpayers built and fund belong to them and that they have the right to trample the democratic rights of those with whom they disagree. If you’re too stupid to grow up and get some values, pack your bags and buy a ticket to Iran or North Korea. You’ll feel right at home there as long as you aren’t on the receiving end of the kind of intolerant stupidity you impose on others here.

I’m tired of the terminally foolish who confuse political correctness with values  trying to impose their stupidity on others.

One that really gets to me is the constant whining about more women in politics as if somehow the fact that there isn’t more women running for office is the current government’s fault. Give it a rest. There will be more women in government when more women decide to run for government. It’s that simple and all the whining and pointless angst in the world isn’t going to change that.

I’m tired of simplistic solutions being trotted out for complex issues.

The United States is going through a tough, violent period right now. Random acts of violence are occurring almost daily. Innocent people, including children are being targeted and killed but what is the government talking about? Gun control!

The problem is violence. The problem is mental illness and the problem is crime. Controlling the legally owned guns of citizens who obey the law does nothing to address any of the real issues. If gun control worked, Washington DC and Chicago, which have the toughest gun control laws in the United States would be its safest cities. They aren’t! They have the highest crime and murder rates and just yesterday, a fifteen year old girl who sang at President Obama’s inaugural was murdered.

I’m not a gun advocate nor do I own guns but I resent watching politicians and others advocating the illusion of a solution for a problem because they haven’t got a clue how to address the real problem. Imposing more regulation on responsible citizens who legally own their firearms does nothing to deter criminals or reduce crime and it certainly doesn’t even begin to deal with the issue of psychopaths going on a rampage.

Sometimes I almost begin to believe that they don’t actually think we’re stupid, it’s that they’re too stupid to realize just how stupid they are.

I don’t know who’s kidding who anymore but I know one thing for certain. Most of us aren’t stupid and most of us resent being treated like we are. God knows there is more than enough stupidity in the world without having to wade through the stupidity of stupid people treating the rest of us like we’re as stupid as they are.

Judging from the growing anger with the media, clueless activism and politicians, I think we’re rapidly reaching a point where people aren’t prepared to be fooled again and I would suggest that only very stupid people would ignore that at their peril.

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  • gerry

    Is IQ wired genetically? Or do you accept some genetic/environment interaction in how that eventually gets expressed? It seems a bit rich to rant about stupid people who may be genetically predisposed to being stupid and then seem to want to say it is all choice ergo legitimizing the rant. If they can’t help it what’s the basis for criticism? You are right in that simple positions taken with regard to complex issues is simplistic much like ascribing everything to genetic wiring.

  • dmorris

    We great unwashed are held in contempt by the allegedly intellectual elites of three political Parties in Canada, NDP,Liberal, and Green. Two close relatives were big shots in the federal Liberal Party for decades,big enough to greet and break bread with the Liberal PM when he visited their Province. Their contempt for the average voter was very real.

    I’ve known NDP politicians on a personal basis with the same attitude, we’re too stupid to make any decisions and have to be led around by the nose.

    It’s ironic that most of the highly educated elites of those Parties almost always turn to government for their careers.

    They seem to have a propensity to take the safe and easy way out in choosing a career. Their arrogance is breathtaking,so many times I’ve heard their vague answers to problems,almost like they think in platitudes.

    Crime? “Attack the root cause,poverty”.

    Violence” “Gun control”.

    Indian poverty? Give the Chiefs more money and change the name of the people to sound more important,”First Nation”.

    Bullying in schools? Make more rules no one will enforce,then when a kid is killed, place flowers and teddy bears on a makeshift memorial.

    In the liberal mindset,everything can be solved with words,but when real action on the ground is needed,these types seem to disappear.

    I haven’t found that attitude in the Conservative Party,and have come to the conclusion that it is the real Party of the little guy, the ordinary Canadian.

    I have met and conversed with my CPC MP many times,and have met other Reform and CPC MP’s, all spoke as an equal, no condescension, as the farmer’s say,”straight talk”.

    There are far too many theorists in positions of power. While we do need philosophers, we also need practical people with real world experience to keep their flights of fancy reined in.

    Perhaps many of the liberal types consider us “stupid” ,though, because we haven’t risen up and lynched the lot of them. ;-)

  • Dean

    Bravo! You nailed it. This reminds of me a novel by Terry Goodkind ‘Wizards First Rule’. Here’s an edited exerpt.

    “Wizard’s First Rule: people are stupid.” Richard and Kahlan frowned even more. “People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it’s true, or because they are afraid it might be true. People’s heads are full of knowledge, facts, and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so are all the easier to fool.
    “People need an enemy to feel a sense of purpose. It’s easy to lead people when they have a sense of purpose. Sense of purpose is more important by far than the truth. In fact, truth has no bearing in this. People are stupid; they want to believe, so they do.”

    Whether you like fantasy novels or not, I thought this caption perfectly described our current state in society, especially, and coincidentally, in the Obama era.

  • old white guy

    good rant. i am of the opinion that the terminally stupid have taken over and are bringing the rest of us down with them.

    • http://abearsrant.com thebear

      Only if we allow them to.