Friday, October 23, 2009

...So Goes the Nation (2006) (Discounting Bush's Intelligence)

Another interesting aspect of this film was the discussion of the fact that many Democrats disrespected George W. Bush because they considered him to be dumb. Former Clinton administration advisor, Paul Begala, explained that many Democrats discounted George W. Bush’s intellect even though he actually had tremendous campaign insight. Begala noted Bush’s great talent was that he could “connect with people.” By contrast, Begala said that the Democrats tend to take a “more intellectual” approach to campaigns.

The film showed footage of Kerry supporters holding campaign signs with caricatures of Bush and the label “idiot.” A Goth young woman snickered that Bush’s SAT scores were lower than hers. She complained it was ridiculous that she felt she was smarter than the president of the United States. And a scruffy looking young man screamed at the camera, “Two [types of] people vote for Bush, rich people and *&%^$#@ idiots.”

Affable Kerry supporter, Evan Hutchinson, pointed out that this type of campaign message was incredibly “insulting” and “patronizing” to a lot of Americans. He noted that Bush came across as a normal guy, so picking on his foibles conveyed an elitist tone. Hutchinson said it was equivalent to picking on many of our fellow Americans who also liked trucks and guns.

Similarly, Begala expressed exasperation with pro-Kerry supporters who whined about Bush’s lack of smarts. He noted that we don’t cast our votes based on intelligence.

Leviticus 26:19

I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze.

Proverbs 11:2

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Proverbs 16:18

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

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