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For one thing, the smartest people do not necessarily make the best political choices. William F. Buckley once famously declared that he would rather give control of our government to “the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.” Bruce Charlton, a professor of theoretical medicine at the University of Buckingham, recently coined the term “clever sillies” to describe people who hold wacky political views seemingly because of—rather than despite—their high intelligence. Conservative writer John Derbyshire has also observed that political naivety exists at both extremes of the IQ distribution, not just the lower one. The reason is that brilliant people can sometimes be so consumed by abstract philosophy that they forget common sense.

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Hahahaha.

It’s the “Bell Curve” argument all over again.

There’s no way to really answer this.  It’s clever writing and fun with stats, but it’s a bogus argument.  a) impossible to really categorize political beliefs in such binary way b) there are so many behavioral factors involved in your belief system that it’s hard to draw a cause strong enough to justify the distinctions here.

Fun read but fairly useless.

Unless it’s true.

I’ll leave the last words to the article author:

The bottom line is that a political debate will never be resolved by measuring the IQs of groups on each side of the issue. Even if certain positions tend to be held by less intelligent people, there will usually be plenty of sharp thinkers who take the same side. Rather than focus on the intellectual deficiencies, real or imagined, of certain politicians and their supporters, people should strive to find the best and brightest spokesmen for the opposing side.

There is a certain devilish fun to contemplating the intelligence of liberals and conservatives, but it should have no effect on how we think about issues. Political debates would be better without it.

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From: THE MINNESOTA INDEPENDENT

By Paul Demko 10/21/08 10:19 AM

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Rep. Michele Bachmann has long been viewed nationally as a solid favorite to retain her House seat in the Sixth Congressional District. But the controversy engulfing her campaign following Friday’s appearance on “Hardball” — during which she called for an investigation into whether her fellow legislators hold “anti-American” views — has altered perceptions of the race in the last 72 hours.

The Cook Political Report has changed its assessment of the contest from “lean Republican” to a toss up. CQ Politics has also shifted its ranking of the race, from “Republican favored” to the less rosy “leans Republican.”

“If Rep. Michele Bachmann limps to the finish line on Election Day — either ahead or behind — it is because she shot herself in the foot,” writes CQ’s Jonathan Allen.

Consider the following…

U.S. Constitution: Amendment I – Freedom of Religion
Because of conservative, your tax dollars are funding religious groups a clear no-no whether you agree with a religion or not. Preaching politics from the pulpit has recently been the subject of a Justice Department investigation of 21 pastors of differing faiths who were warned not to pontificate in churches and challenged the right as of free speech jeopardizing their tax free status. To add insult to injury, conservative appointed judges have ruled that you do not have a right to challenge some statues. Kind of like Mullahs in Saudi Arabia where church and state are inseparable.

Amendment IV – Search and seizure
Under the guise of court action against abortion, conservative had John Ashcroft subpoena all the medical records of 11,200 women. This invasion of privacy approach is so frequent it is hard to subpoena all the records from all the offices of Congressional members and committees of the suspected cases of invasion of our privacy. The federal government also has access to our Internet browsing, email content and phone records. Unfortunately we as citizens are behind the curve on understanding what changes technology has brought to them as well as us.

Amendment X – Powers of the States and People
Federal conservatives have consistently tried to overturn States law. They use our US tax dollars to challenge the law of the land in Oregon in the “Death with Dignity” law; they lost, but their “help” will come again. If your state votes for something conservatives – religious, social and intellectual versions, not fiscal conservatives – don’t agree with, they will use laws enacted by a once conservative Congress to challenge it – which is the proper use of the laws of the land but in this age of ‘imperial presidency’ those types of actions show marginal regard for states rights than may be appropriate no matter who is in the White House.

Amendment VIII – Cruel and Unusual punishment
Conservatives spokespeople in the federal government supported and sanctioned torture. Spreading that influence to the Judiciary is a threat which is another reason to be aware of any government that has contempt for its people. I’d like to think the founding fathers were focused on the right to bear arms for defense of our country rather than the attack of the sovereignty of another country to foster the spread of democracy. Of course that is most likely a veiled attempt to instead grab more oil. In the process our own ‘Federalis Cowboy” Commander-In-Chief captures and detains for year citizens of this and other democratically elected countries as non-military combatants and then uses illegal cruel and unusual punishment without success to coerce testimony. Caution these days about all government is a requirement of freedom.

Bachmann and desperate members of the GOP have adopted a rather presumptive neo-American tactics as they blame liberals, immigrants, blacks, Asians, or minorities for our economic crisis as Neo-Nazi’s blamed Jews, gypsies and immigrants from Slavic states.

The U.S. Constitution is what we have to hold on to. Protect it or risk your life of liberty; however that comes about in this republic.

1. There is no single cause for anything.

2. Repeat after me, “There is no single cause for anything!”

3. We all had a hand in the economic mess. Getting loans we couldn’t afford, looking the other way as we tried to get more without paying the price, consuming the earth’s resources without having to deal with the consequences directly.

At the same time, those Anti-American views, racial views and implicit discrimination never go away; not in the generational cycle that is digitally accessible. Easy answers are poison. This shit is hard to understand and correct and if you don’t like confrontation, it’s best you stay home after you vote.

Ya know… maybe it would help if we just stop calling people names like “Conservative” and “Liberal.”

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