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Like many intellectually-inclined individuals born in the Midwest, I chose to attend college in New England and settle in cities outside my native region, first living in the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area and now in Los Angeles. And while many of my peers who made similar journeys share my politics, most do not. It seems that when they pull up stakes, they lose all allegiance to their place of birth–and the people who live there.
They behave as if because they’re so much smarter than the folks they left behind, they know better how to run their lives than they do. They heap scorn on those who don’t know the difference between Hegel and Heidegger and can’t name a single German film director from the 1920s or a French one from the 1960s. In fact, most of the folk left behind probably couldn’t name more than one or two American directors for the 200os.
We conservatives, most of us at least, are a tad more humble. While we appreciate the company of those with whom we can share our intellectual/cultural pursuits, we recognize that our supposed smarts don’t give us the qualifications to run the lives of our youthful companions or to question their world view. Sometimes, we’re even aware that these folks have more practical intelligence than we do; we even turn to them for advice on matters of running our households and managing our money.
Yet, many of our left-wing counterparts just can’t accept that those in the hinterlands just don’t trust the judgments of their betters. How, they exclaim, could anyone find the Blind Side entertaining or, in generations past, couldn’t get enough of John Wayne movies? Just take a gander at Jacob Weisberg’s latest lament: “what may be the biggest culprit in our current predicament: the childishness, ignorance, and growing incoherence of the public at large.”
He then goes on to tell us just what it is that makes the American people so ignorant and incoherent: “We want Washington and the states to fix all of our problems now. At the same time, we want government to shrink, spend less, and reduce our taxes.” Guess he missed the latest Gallup poll. The American people don’t want the the government to solve our problems, well, most of us don’t and I would dare say the better part of the 38 percent who do lives in regions near Mr. Weisberg and, well, myself.
But, I guess he just can’t let go of his prejudices.
In the past few days, I have read two columns taking on people like Mr. Weisberg. [Read more…]