Are Republicans Stupid?
Are All Republicans Really Stupid?
Just for the record, I don't believe that all Republicans are stupid. There are many smart folks on the Right. Many of them are smarter than me. I have friends who would define themselves as Republicans. Generally, I don't call those friends stupid. I know for a fact not all of those on the Right are dumb.
However, in general, Republicans with a capital "R", are stupid. This is because the party believes in two things that define stupidity. Rather, I should say that they don't believe in two things that define stupidity. First, they don't believe in evolution. Second, they don't believe that climate change is real. Both are real things, based in scientific fact. There's good evidence for both.
Yes, Science Matters
Real science and data prove climate change and evolution. They aren't hoaxes. Not understanding science is one thing. Education can solve that problem. However, refusing to acknowledge the legitimacy of science is quite another. People who do that are stupid. They're also dangerous. It's dangerous to flout ignorance as fact. Ignorance is bad public policy.
Certainly, there are valid arguments against the liberal solution to climate change. It's quite another argument to say you think climate change is some kind of hoax. And evolution and a belief in God can easily co-exist. But to say that the theory of evolution isn't a fact, is absurd. It's just a theory, right? Sure, but a theory full of facts. It's one thing to remove human beings from the evolutionary equation. Go ahead, argue about the missing link between apes and man. However, it's quite another to throw out the entire theory because you don't understand it. Evolution is much more than a question of how human beings came to be on this earth.
Republicans like to argue that evolution and climate change aren't scientific facts. If so, they might as well argue that the sun revolves around the earth. Actually, some of them make that argument. The arguments are basically the same. Thus, any Republican who doesn't understand evolution or climate change, is likely an idiot. Those people deserves no intellectual respect whatsoever. One cannot be argue with them in any rational manner. One cannot argue with a person who doesn't understand science or data. And a person who doesn't understand science and data cannot form a rational argument. That person is, by definition, irrational.
Hey, The 2nd Amendment is a Fact Too!
It's one thing to be stupid and it's another to be dangerous. It's generally a given that stupid people are dangerous. Thus, Republicans are dangerous. Let's take the gun control debate as an example. You cannot argue rationally with a Republican who believes there should be no gun control at all. I've provided a link to a scientific study below. The study uses data to show that in states with limited gun control, gun violence is more prevalent. The conclusion is that gun control has the effect of lowering gun violence.
Now, I accept the gun advocate's argument that a law-abiding person should have a right to protect herself. Heck, I can even agree with it. I have no problem with that. The problem with the gun control debate is that Republicans who ignore scientific facts are the same ones who argue against gun control. A person who values science and data cannot have a productive discussion with somebody who doesn't. All the data in the world doesn't matter to a person who doesn't know how to interpret data. All the science in the world doesn't matter to a person who doesn't respect and understand science.
Voting Against Your Self-Interest is Definitely Stupid
Another thing that makes Republicans stupid is that they vote against their self-interest. They vote to harm themselves. Take consumer protection as an example. Most people who vote Republican benefit from increased consumer protection. Unfortunately, Republicans are always fighting against it. So, Republicans are against common sense consumer protections. They prefer to protect businesses.
It's quite common for Republican senior citizens to rail against socialism. However, they then complain when the government cuts Medicare and Medicaid. They are examples of Socialism. Often, these people will vote for Republicans based on their talking points on the evils of socialism. Now, I don't support Socialism. I wouldn't argue in support of it. I'm talking about a person who actively votes to get something they want taken away. And they don't realize it. Usually, we vote for the candidates who want the same things that we want. Sadly, when we don't understand that what we want is in opposition to what we say, that's kind of stupid.
That's where the argument about consumer protection comes in. Republicans are usually "pro-Business", whatever that means. Usually, that means voting for legislation that favors businesses over consumers. Of course, this means voting for less regulation. Otherwise, we limit business growth and our economy won't grow. Buyer beware, you know? Pollution would be a perfect example. What if a business poisons your drinking water and you get cancer? Shouldn't you sue? Get compensation? Shouldn't the business by fined or shut down? Voting for the rights of corporations over the rights of individuals doesn't make sense.
So What is Stupidity?
How do you define stupidity? I have to believe that a good definition of stupidity is "willfull ignorance of data". Also "continued ignorance in the face of data" is good. Perhaps an even better definition is "maintaining ignorance in the face of overwhelming evidence and the insistence of righteousness due to the inability to comprehend complex data."
In other words, it's one thing to insist that the sun revolves around the earth. However, it's quite another to insist the sun revolves around the earth after somebody shows you a clip from a satellite showing the opposite. Further, you then claim that the clip is an elaborate hoax and that the person who showed it to you is going to hell.
Does Religion Make People Stupid?
I'm going to step in it now by discussing religion. A smart person can use religion in a way that is beneficial. Unfortunately, religion makes stupid people even stupider. That's because it provides them comfort to believe that unseen things have more credence than things they can see.
It's one thing to have faith in a higher power. It's quite another, to use ignorance as a stick. Because you don't understand something, it must be wrong. In most rational circles, that is stupidity. It is this belief system that is eroding the very definition of intelligence. As a result, many people believe science is a joke. By its very nature, faith is about believing in something without evidence. Believers don't question the Bible. They rarely talk about the many things in it nobody believes anymore. Science is about asking a question and then testing that question with the use of data. A scientist sees a question, then tries to arrive at an answer by generating data.
This does not mean that faithful people are stupid and scientific people are smart. However, to deny scientific accuracy based on what you don't know is the opposite of intelligence. There are many religious people who understand science who are not stupid.
The Republican Party encourages stupidity. It undermines basic learning. Science is a building block of learning. If you refute science, you can't learn. Science and the practice of science is the basis for how we know most things. To reject science and the means by which scientific theories and facts are determined, is stupid. The Republican Party does this with most things, particularly with their views on climate change and evolution. To do so, without opposing, testable evidence, is stupidity. To use false evidence is stupidity.
Let's take the Obama birth certificate scandal as one of many examples.
- Somebody says Obama was born outside of the United States
- Republicans believe it and start repeating it
- Irrefutable evidence is produced showing he was born in the U.S.
- Republicans claim irrefutable evidence is fake
What answer best defines a stupid person?
Good Evidence-Based Links That Contain Facts
- Chasing Ice | The Award-Winning Documentary on Climate Change
- Yet Another Study Shows Low IQ And Right-Wing Ideology Go Hand-In-Hand | Addicting Info
- Why Americans Are So Ignorant -- It's Not Only Fox News, There Are Some Understandable Reasons for i
Sure propaganda, government secrecy and Fox News have a lot to do with it. But there are broader societal pressures as well
- Climate Change: Evidence
- American Progress Report on Gun Violence
This report links an increase in gun violence with weaker gun laws.
- Global Warming and Climate Change skepticism examined
Examines the science and arguments of global warming skepticism. Common objections like 'global warming is caused by the sun', 'temperature has changed naturally in the past' or 'other planets are warming too' are examined to see what the science rea
- Really Stupid Republican Quotes
Republican and conservative stupidity is often so shocking it's hard to believe. However, read enough of these quotes and the shock goes away and gets replaced with simple, utter contempt.
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