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Are Liberals Really Smarter than Conservatives?

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    Will Bensonposted 7 years ago

    Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics and Political Science published the results of a study which indicated that Liberals are smarter than Conservatives.

    Wadda ya think?

    http://www.time.com/time/health/article … 42,00.html

    1. BDazzler profile image81
      BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      In general, I find that intelligent people, like myself, come off as arrogant.

      And though I am conservative, I find that my highly intelligent peers are, in fact, generally liberal.  I've discovered that it's not that intelligent people are generally liberal, it's that arrogant people generally are.  They think that their superior intelligence, makes them more qualified to run the world, which is, their plan, after all. The "other people" (i.e. conservatives) are clearly too stupid to be allowed to run things. That is of course, arrogant.

      Of course they aren't quite as smart as me, or they'd be conservative. I hate that that sounds, arrogant, but it's true tongue....

      And my case: i.e. someone who is both intelligent and as arrogant, yet is conservative, is  simply the exception that proves the rule ... tongue

      Seriously, though, it's a stupid survey and a stupid article... People will use it to support their own view point, and it changes nothing. Conservatives will disagree.  Liberals will say "See TOLD YOU, I was smarter" ...

      1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
        Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        So your just dismissing the scientific evidence that lead to the article? Because it doesn't support your position?

        That is arrogant.

        1. BDazzler profile image81
          BDazzlerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Yeah, maybe I should be Liberal.

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      Brenda Durhamposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I don't think it proves anything either way!

      I simply want to know WHICH SIDE is responsible for all the words that are spelled wrong on the tv???

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      Poppa Bluesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You could have just asked Bill Maher, apparently he's a genius and so is everyone that agrees with him.

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      LegendaryHeroposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I think abortion might skew these results. Liberal women are much more likely to have abortions if the child has some kind of genetic defect because they view it as a choice. Conservative women are much less likely to have abortions, even if the child has some kind of defect, because they view it as murder. Do you think this might affect the studies at all?

    5. SparklingJewel profile image64
      SparklingJewelposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      the 21st century is all about the building of balance within oneself, hence without, in the world...with greater balance there will be a  more correct vision of what intelligence is...it is not just IQ, it is not just emotional intelligence, and it certainly is not just political intelligence
      (which I think is an oxymoron smile) there will never be peace in the world until unity of purpose is established, and we won't find it if we continue to have political sides...we've got to work together, period.

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      lorlie6posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      No question.

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        wordscribe41posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Lorlie... he he he.

        1. lorlie6 profile image87
          lorlie6posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Wordscribe-ha ha ha!!! lol

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      davidwpaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I think that the poll might not be correct if the kids that were polled were not told the true definitions of the labels.

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        Madame Xposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        smile

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    sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago

    Only if rolling a joint counts!big_smile

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      Will Bensonposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      So a Conservative weighs in first. Does that mean that the Liberals are still reading??

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        sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        They might be able to but first they have to stop giggling.big_smile

    2. Ron Montgomery profile image59
      Ron Montgomeryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You ever tried rolling one?  Not as easy as it looks.

      Hey....I just got an idea for a how-to hub!

      1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
        Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        LMAO

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    StormRyderposted 7 years ago

    I concur!
    This kept flashing through my head when I turned past the Republican Convention :: Or walked past a group of Young Republicans at college
    http://www.avatarsdb.com/avatars/i_see_dumb_people.jpg lol lol

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      sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Remember that special guy? You only thought he was liberal.big_smile

      1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
        Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        He was a liberal, and the conservatives of his age killed him fot it... and it took 300 years after his murder to get people to listen...

  4. mikelong profile image74
    mikelongposted 7 years ago

    Social conservative + Economic liberal = ?   

    Many 'Conservatives' are actually this....

    1. ledefensetech profile image69
      ledefensetechposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Not really.  Most times you'll find the opposite.  Only religious conservatives really care what you do in your personal life.  Me, I could care less.  Do what you want in the bedroom but get the government's hand out of my wallet.

      1. jobister profile image61
        jobisterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I read it again and I'm with ledefensetech

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      jobisterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I am with you on this.

  5. Flightkeeper profile image73
    Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago

    Yeah only a liberal would come up with a study that shows liberals are smarter. Goes to show they're hiding their inadequacies. lol

  6. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
    Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago

    I think I agree that intelligent people are more open to new ideas and things in general, which is kinda what being liberal is about.
    Conservative to me is more about old fashioned tried and true ideals, being non-receptive to new things and new ideals. Which makes me lean towards the idea that they are more closed minded and therefore think(imagine) less.

    1. Friendlyword profile image60
      Friendlywordposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You are right on Mikel. The tags explain the difference perfectly.

      1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
        Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        TYVM

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    sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago

    New ideas? How about stupid ideas?big_smile

    1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
      Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      some new ideas are stupid, some old ones are too though, or is the world still flat?

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        thisisoliposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Don't be stipid, every one knows it is a bowl, otherwise all the water would fall off :p

        1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
          Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          big_smile

  8. thisisoli profile image54
    thisisoliposted 7 years ago

    Meh, there are intelligent, and stupid, people in both groups.

    Unfortunately in England the politicians seem to be more devious than smart, and more concerned with, for example, using the taxpayer money to build a moat with a floating duck house, than deal with the economic problems our country is facing.

    1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
      Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I have to agree, as always, I believe that the 'middle ground' is usually the best.

      A combination of little bit liberal free-thinker and a little bit proven experience is the best course, the extremes of either side are usually going to be flawed...

      Look before you leap, but after you have looked...Leap!

      Change is sometimes scary, but it is also necessary, done correctly, it is a good thing.

  9. Flightkeeper profile image73
    Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago

    http://www.mcculloughsite.net/stingray/photos/liberal_idiot.jpg

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    StormRyderposted 7 years ago

    All you have to do is put a microphone in front of George W, Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh to see how intelligent consevatives are. lol

    Okay...thats not fair...they are three of the biggest morons this country has ever produced.

    1. Flightkeeper profile image73
      Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      But they don't equal to Chris Matthews! lol

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        StormRyderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Yes...he is also right up there! lol

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      sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Foul! It clearly states you can't play the "W" card, cheater!big_smile

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      A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      And you base that on your feeling towards them not any logical thought. "I feel, therefore I think" I feel hatred towards Hillary Clinton but I know she is very intelligent, I hate President Zero but I know he ain't dumb.

      Why do I hate them? I hate people who want to "fundamentally" change a great Country into a Nation of sheep, just don't like it!

    4. Arthur Fontes profile image86
      Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Rush a moron?  25 years on the air and he works 3 hours a day 5 days a week and earns upwards of 35 million a year.

      I wish I was that kind of moron.

      1. Friendlyword profile image60
        Friendlywordposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        You saying TRASH WITH CASH is your measure of a man. Do Drug Lords and Rich Dictators that murder half their population have your admiration too?

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          Madame Xposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Why would you make that assumption? It's quite a leap.

        2. Arthur Fontes profile image86
          Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Trash With Cash?  Have you noticed some of the deviants that actually hold office in this country?  Have you seen the scandals over the past few years.  Not right or left but across the board.  Have you?

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            TamCorposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            "Have you noticed some of the deviants that actually hold office in this country?  Have you seen the scandals over the past few years.  Not right or left but across the board."


            You said it all right there, Arthur--I am sooo tired of hearing how one party is better than another, or how Liberals are better than Conservatives, or vice versa.  It's divisive, and totally destructive, in my opinion. Come on--how has it worked SO FAR?

            I wish we could just toss out ALL the stereotypical titles, along with all of the current politicians, and start over...with people who really want what's best for this country, not what's best for THEM, or their individual supporters...

            But I realize that that is wishful thinking on my part--too many egos out there to ever get it done.

            Tammy

            1. manlypoetryman profile image67
              manlypoetrymanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Here, Here! You said it Tammy..."How has it worked thus far?"

              Wasn't it Einstein who said (rough approximation): "It is insane too keep trying the same thing over and over...and expect different results"

              Point being...Something smells rotten on both sides of the fence!

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                Madame Xposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                There is no fence - that's what we have to get through our heads smile

      2. PrettyPanther profile image83
        PrettyPantherposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Arthur, I actually agree with you that Rush is not a moron.  He is much worse than that.  He is a man who knows exactly what he is doing.  He makes money off of the dumbing down of conservatism and appealing to the lowest common denominator.  He caters to anger rather than thought and assumes his listeners are dumb enough to buy into it, which, unfortunately, they are.  Worthwhile conservative ideas have been drowned out by people like Limbaugh and those he spawned (Hannity, Beck) who sling slogans and soundbites instead of rational debate.

        Limbaugh may be rich, and maybe he soothes his conscience by calling himself an "entertainer," but I don't know how he can sleep at night.

        Not all rich people deserve our admiration.  Most of them don't.

        1. Arthur Fontes profile image86
          Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I admire Rush I guess I am one of the lowest common denominators. 

          Listening to the Rush Limbaugh show 20 years ago changed my life.  He inspired me to be self responsible.  He showed me how it was my decisions that changed my life.  He taught me that I was not a victim and should not succumb to victim syndrome.

          I still think to this day that these things were some of the most important lessons I have learned. 

          I already asked this but no one responded.

          Rush gives speeches, Rush takes calls live on the air.  He does not use teleprompters.

          If Rush is dumb what do you call a guy who cannot hold a coherent conversation without three teleprompters?

          That is right I am saying if Rush is dumb Obama is Stupid!!!!

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            PrettyPantherposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            See, this is what I'm talking about.  I don't believe that you actually think that Obama is stupid.  And, I'm pretty sure you know that he can hold a coherent conversation without a teleprompter, since he has done it many times in interviews and other settings, including two televised discussions on health care.  However, even though you, a smart guy, know this, you are using a silly argument that can be easily disproven to claim that Obama is stupid.  You're smarter than that, Arthur.

            To me, this is an example of what I"m trying to say, about the dumbing down of discourse.

            Plus, did you even notice that I said that Rush isn't dumb?  smile

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            PrettyPantherposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I would like to rephrase something.  It was wrong for me to say that his listeners are "dumb enough to buy into it."  That really isn't accurate.  I think it's more that they are being lazy.  It's a lot easier and less intellectually taxing to listen to Rush's black and white view of the world than to take the time to understand the nuances of policy choices across a broad spectrum of ideologies.

            1. Arthur Fontes profile image86
              Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              What talk show host or correspondent would you recommend to get a nonpartisan view of events?

              1. PrettyPanther profile image83
                PrettyPantherposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                Personally, I would recommend not listening to any political commentator who calls themselves an entertainer. 

                Beyond that, I really don't know since I don't listen to talk shows.

                1. Arthur Fontes profile image86
                  Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  I listen at work and I will tell you the reason I started listening.  I wanted to improve my vocabulary and public speaking skills.  I work in sales and I regularly hone my craft.  I also am interested in vocal tone.  Out of all the hosts I have heard Rush is my favorite and I have learned an enormous amount from him not just political but professional.

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      earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Ramen to that! smile

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      Quiller Beposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Wait just a second there, StormRyder --- you left out Bill O'Reilly.

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    StormRyderposted 7 years ago

    They say Hitler was a conservative...http://www.avatarsdb.com/avatars/burning_music.gif

    But damn that man could play a mean banjo!! lol

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    Will Bensonposted 7 years ago

    I find it interesting that this study didn't mention the largest group - moderates. It's important to know where one stands on the dumbness scale.

  13. Flightkeeper profile image73
    Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago

    Liberals call Hitler a conservative. They like to deny their own.  Who else but a liberal would come up with National Socialism.?

    http://samuelatgilgal.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/liberal-fascism-58142327.jpg

    And who else but liberals would disown one of their own?

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      StormRyderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Consevative,liberal..He still played a mean banjo!!! http://www.avatarsdb.com/avatars/burning_music.gif

      I don't consider myself either of these groups and tend not to be swayed by popular opinion or let he said she said arguments change my mind...both sides only pander to the groups and people that will bring them money and power....and that is all politics is really about..."power and money"...not doing the right thing or helping this country...so the finger pointing and name calling will never end until we, the american people put aside all the petty crap quit choosing sides and maybe even do away with the party system...When ever labels are put on anything it will usually turn to shit eventually. I saw an interview during the last election of people on the street...they were asked who they would vote for and quite a few said McCain..when asked why far to many had only this to say " My daddy was republican and his daddy was a republican so it's good enough for me"...Great basis to cast a vote.
      The ones who said they would vote for Obama said becuase they hoped for some kind of change in the system...not my daddy this his daddy that. I don't care for a lot of whats going on right now but by bickering back and forth nothing will ever being to get better.

      1. Flightkeeper profile image73
        Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        What's happening is far more than bickering.  What Obama is heading for pretty much looks like your banjo-playing best man up there.  Obama is heading our nation to liberal fascism and the reason he's there is because the majority of democrats voted for him and the majority of independents also voted form him.  Liberal are responsible for the trillions of dollars of debt that have to be paid back. Liberals are responsible for the constriction of opportunity in the future.

  14. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
    Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago

    <----- moderate, with liberal-conservative tendencies...


    lol

  15. skyfire profile image74
    skyfireposted 7 years ago

    Centrist is always a better position.

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    Will Bensonposted 7 years ago

    BDazzler wrote: Seriously, though, it's a stupid survey and a stupid article... People will use it to support their own view point, and it changes nothing. Conservatives will disagree.  Liberals will say "See TOLD YOU, I was smarter" ...

    Will wrote:  I agree that the article isn't going to convince anyone of anything. The writer did take a tongue-in-cheek attitude and, in the end, poked fun at the whole concept. Didn't you find the last few paragraphs funny?

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    Will Bensonposted 7 years ago

    Brenda Durham wrote: I don't think it proves anything either way!

    I simply want to know WHICH SIDE is responsible for all the words that are spelled wrong on the tv???

    Will wrote:  Obviously, the less intelligent side.

  18. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
    Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago

    Will wrote:  Obviously, the less intelligent side.


    LMAO!

  19. manlypoetryman profile image67
    manlypoetrymanposted 7 years ago

    Maybe...we ought to just flip all this intelligent talk right back around...for both sides...because obviously if any party was smart and/or smarter than the other...we wouldn't be in the mess we're in!

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    Brenda Durhamposted 7 years ago

    LOL!
    Love this thread!

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    Will Bensonposted 7 years ago

    I hate to start a thread and then bail but the warden says I have to run some errands for her.

    I'll be back...stronger, better and maybe smarter.

    Play nice.

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    Brenda Durhamposted 7 years ago

    Must we? (play nice, I mean)?

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      Will Bensonposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      There could be a first time.

      Bye.

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    sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago

    Does goofy mean smart? They are deffinately more goofey!big_smile

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      Brenda Durhamposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Who's "they"?

      'splain yerself there so's I kin understand you Sneako..  wink

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        sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I was trying to decide what scale they we're using to base their arguement on. The only thing I could come up with for measuring libearls intelligence with was with a Ronco, as seen on TV, Goofey meter and they do peg it!big_smile

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          (Q)posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Are you saying that's supposed to be the intelligence level of conservatives? TV and Ronco products?  big_smile

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            sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Look I was giving you the benefit of the doubt. I couldn't find a scale that a liberal even qualified for, sorry!big_smile

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    Brenda Durhamposted 7 years ago

    haha
    love it, Sneako!

  25. Arthur Fontes profile image86
    Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago

    Conservatives buy more books just look at last years book sales.

    Conservatives watch more cable news.  Look at Fox's ratings.

    Conservatives listen to more talk radio.  I cannot even name one political liberal talk show host.

    Obviously liberals do not need any of this media as they already know everything.

    1. Flightkeeper profile image73
      Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Oh come on, you must have heard of Chris Matthews, the one who gets a weird sensation in his leg every time he sees President Zero? lol I couldn't believe he confessed something like that! lol

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        Brenda Durhamposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        haha yeah
        that line of his was a total hoot!  big_smile

      2. Arthur Fontes profile image86
        Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I heard the quote from Matthews but like the rest of America I heard it on conservative radio.  No One actually watches his show.

        1. Flightkeeper profile image73
          Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Liberals watch the show, and he's on lamestream media so there are other people who watch the show. But I get get what you mean, conservatives don't watch his show, but you have to admit it makes for great laughs.

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            Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Fox gets higher ratings at 3 am then Matthews does on his best night.

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            sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            If I'm watching True TV and theres a commercial its one click over. He yells over top of all his guests, it's weird.big_smile

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          A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I think he has a -25 on the latest TV ratings, hell, he's moving up.

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    LegendaryHeroposted 7 years ago

    "But self-identification is often misleading; do kids really know what it means to be liberal? The GSS data are instructive here: Kanazawa found that more-intelligent GSS respondents (as measured by a quick but highly reliable synonym test) were less likely to agree that the government has a responsibility to reduce income and wealth differences. In other words, intelligent people might like to portray themselves as liberal."

    There's something wrong with this study, obviously they should not be using the terms liberal and conservatives with these children, they should be asking questions that deal with their positions on government instead. Like "What are your views on the military? Taxes? Gay marriage?"

  27. CodyPhrenism profile image67
    CodyPhrenismposted 7 years ago

    If the ongoing stereotype is that liberals are, as a whole, more intelligent; many who are on the fence will decide that liberal views are the more intelligent choice. Just like everything else, political parties can be quite a bandwagon movement.

    In a completely sterile environment without any social quotas to conform to the results would be more balanced. I believe there are highly intelligent people on both sides of the spectrum.

    Ideally, based on my morals, I am a libertarian socialist but the effectiveness of that sort of government is radical without a complete uprooting of everything, so I guess I'm a libertarian.

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      LegendaryHeroposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      How does libertarian socialism work? That form of government seems like it would be incompatible with itself.

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        CodyPhrenismposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Haha, I'll post some wikipedia text on it since it's a lot to regurgitate tongue
        Libertarian socialism is a philosophy with diverse interpretations, though some general commonalities can be found in its many incarnations. Its proponents generally advocate a worker-oriented system of distribution that radically departs from conventional capitalist economics (socialism).[15]  They propose that this economic system be executed in a manner that attempts to maximize the liberty of individuals  and minimize concentration of power or authority (libertarianism). Libertarian socialists are strongly critical of coercive institutions, which often leads them to reject the legitimacy of the state in favor of anarchism.[16]  Adherents propose achieving this through decentralization of political and economic power, usually involving the socialization of most large-scale property and enterprise. Libertarian socialism tends to deny the legitimacy of most forms of economically significant private property, viewing capitalist property relations as forms of domination that are antagonistic to individual freedom.[17]

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          LegendaryHeroposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Interesting. Thanks!

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    Will Bensonposted 7 years ago

    CodyPhrenism wrote:

    Ideally, based on my morals, I am a libertarian socialist but the effectiveness of that sort of government is radical without a complete uprooting of everything, so I guess I'm a libertarian.

    Will wrote:

    I don't know what group I belong to. I try to read a lot about current events and vote independently of the TV sound bites, but I don't think that any group or party has shown themselves able to lead the country in an "intelligent" way.

    I think I may join those voting AGAINST every incumbent. Maybe if we took their cushy jobs away, we'd get some leaders worthy of, say, sending our youngsters into harm's way. As the bumper stickers say "TTBO."

    My thoughts.

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    A Texanposted 7 years ago

    Vince Flynn's Idea on Term Limits suits me.

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      Will Bensonposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      That would be a great thing, esp. for the Federal Govt.

  30. mikelong profile image74
    mikelongposted 7 years ago

    Arthur...sometimes stupidity pays....

    In terms of Rush....that is him entirely...

    1. Arthur Fontes profile image86
      Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I can understand that you might not agree with Rush But to call the man stupid?


      I dunno?

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    Madame Xposted 7 years ago

    Let me guess, Kanazawa is a liberal . . .

  32. mikelong profile image74
    mikelongposted 7 years ago

    Yeah...stupid...I started watching Rush on t.v. when I was in high school....days that I can barely remember sometimes...

    I used to support him them....

    I listen to him now, and I wonder how it is that people take him seriously....

    1. Arthur Fontes profile image86
      Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You know what is funny is that the left leaning media always quotes the so called "stupid man".  They use Rush quotes to say on air the things they do not have the intestinal fortitude to say for themselves.

      I also experienced Rush in high school in the same capacity as you.

      You do not have to take Rush seriously he is an entertainer.  Considering that he does not need a teleprompter to handle any speaking situation.  What do you consider a man who is incapable of forming a coherent conversation without three teleprompters?  (Just in case one falls over.)  LOL

    2. EFPotter profile image61
      EFPotterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      He's pretty much a shock-jock doing what he does for ratings. I don't support that kind of person no matter where they are on the political spectrum. If I disagree with someone but they present themselves reasonably, I'll at least give them respect. Rush is...one of the most annoying media figures I've ever been exposed to. But he's just that, in my opinion: A media figure.

    3. Sab Oh profile image57
      Sab Ohposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      "Yeah...stupid...I started watching Rush on t.v. when I was in high school....days that I can barely remember sometimes...

      I used to support him them....

      I listen to him now, and I wonder how it is that people take him seriously...."


      And ten years from now you will look back at what you support now and wonder the same thing...

    4. Ron Montgomery profile image59
      Ron Montgomeryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Just think, 10 years from now you'll be lamenting the fact that you wasted so much of your life arguing with TK in the forums. smile

  33. EFPotter profile image61
    EFPotterposted 7 years ago

    Two of the smartest people I know--one young, one old--are conservatives. Most of the conservative people I know are dumb, but that may come from living in a rural area where people care more about ridin' 'round in pickups and binge drinking than schooling (the conservatives in school do, I've observed, do a LOT more binge drinking). It skews. I don't think either being smarter can be shown.

    The valedictorian at my school is a liberal. The salutatorian is a conservative. I have top scores on tests, and I'm liberal. Can I judge just by the small sample size I associate with? No.

    There's something called a confirmation bias--we look for evidence to support our own view. Would I like to think liberals are smarter? Yes. But if I had to stand beside my school's physics/engineering/maths teacher, I would be but a fly compared. If I had to stand next to my same-age-group friend, I'd look like a stuttering, bumbling idiot.

    To definitively say one political persuasion or another is smarter to lean so far as to almost fall over.

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    Will Bensonposted 7 years ago

    EFPotter wrote:
    To definitively say one political persuasion or another is smarter to lean so far as to almost fall over.

    Will wrote:
    This is my favorite comment.

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    Kenrick Chatmanposted 7 years ago

    Of course. George W and Sarah Palin are the epitome of conservatives.

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    lorlie6posted 7 years ago

    By the way, Mr. Montgomery-your avatar has vastly improved. lol lol
    (Don't know if you recall that I'm a Raiders fan...sad )

    1. Ron Montgomery profile image59
      Ron Montgomeryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I take my helmet off during the off season.

      1. PrettyPanther profile image83
        PrettyPantherposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        You were much sexier as a football helmet.

        Now, you just remind me of my ex.  wink

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    PrettyPantherposted 7 years ago

    You obviously admire him.

    Interesting that you would choose listening to Rush to hone your skills in sales.

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      Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Rush is the best salesman I ever heard. No argument there .

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    Don Simkovichposted 7 years ago

    Liberals and atheists must be smarter than conservatives and Christians . . . after all, it took me nearly two years to make my first sale with my Amazon affiliation! Bada-bing!

  39. Colebabie profile image59
    Colebabieposted 7 years ago

    As general groups, I really don't know. And as far as the definition of "smart" I really don't know either. hmm Most of my friends I guess are "liberals". And most of my friends are getting their masters or Ph.D in some sort of field of science or medicine. I would say they are very very smart.

 
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