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August 15, 2010

It Begins: GOP Candidates Want To Know If Their Opponents Stand With Obama On Ground Zero Victory Mosque

Candidate John Gomez wants to know if his opponent, Steve Israel, continues his lockstep support of Obama.

Dan Riehl writes:

He thinks he is setting an example, providing us a teachable moment, while at the same time, doing everything he can to convey to Muslims that he is tolerant of them. I agree with Melissa Clouthier and also agree with Sissy Willis, America is mostly tolerant of Muslims and Islam, but what they want, is some tolerance and respect in return. [Hit link for those good pieces.]

Obama and the Democrats don't see it that way. Their world view dictates that Muslims must be seen as an aggrieved party by the West and need to be accommodated whenever possible to improve any relationship. Their disconnect with the American people and victim mentality here is a disaster coming at the end of non-recovery summer as it has.

I was having a debate with steve_in_hb yesterday. Steve proffered his boring, conventional, dumb opinion that the supposed elites are drawn to this position because they are compelled to take a position that finds America to be the Great Satan at every turn.

I agreed with Steve's stupid civilian poorly-thought-out opinion, but opined that I thought it wasn't as simple as his low-functioning unenlightened moron-brain conceived it; my belief is that these people take a psychological comfort, a psychological delight, in taking positions that the majority of their fellow countrymen find repugnant, because this affords them what they really want: A method of differentiating themselves from the common and thereby elevating themselves to ranks of elite.

And note this is quite necessary: The "elite" are not made up of the rich. Sure, there are many rich in the elite, but that's not what makes them elite. There are many poor "elite" who claim to be elite not due to their salary or position but due to thinking what the other elites think only.

Similarly with education -- yes, the elite contains many educated people (many overeducated people, who proclaim things so stupid only an intellectual could believe them) but, again, this "elite" is not just comprised of those who hold post-graduate degrees. Or college degrees. Or high school degrees. Or even GEDs, for that matter. No, once again, "elitehood" is conferred not by any extrinsic indicator like level of education but by proud proclamation of agreement with others presumed to be in the "elite" class.

It is based on this phenomenon, of course, that trolls who clearly do not have a high school education to their credit come on to this blog and tell us how dumb we are.

So my brilliant observation, as opposed to Steve's pedestrian, sloven-brained one, is that these positions largely proceed not by mere happenstance to dispute the commoners' opinions, but indeed wind up in that conflict by design.

They must take a position opposite the common people, otherwise, how could they be elite? One cannot be elite if one holds common positions, can one?

No, I think there is something more to this, a subterranean need to differentiate themselves from the common, and signal themselves to other supposed elites, to define their tribe not by what it is, as a primary matter, but by what it is not, and what it is not, and can never lapse into being, is so regrettably, unfortunately common.

And this allows them to put themselves, of course, where they always seek to be: In a position where they can preen and posture and deign to lecture their fellow Americans about how unenlightened us lot are.

Now that I have exposed Steve for the blundering imbecile he is, I'm feelin' pretty good about myself.

Try it -- isn't Steve an idiot? Don't you agree with intelligent, insightful me over common, knot-witted Steve? Wouldn't you like to be on the elite team on this one?

Now let's make fun of him behind his back. No, even better: Let's condescend to him right into his drooling prole-face.


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