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Vic Biorseth, Tuesday, September 18, 2012
I was listening to Rush as I drove my daily route yesterday, as usual, and he said something that hit me like a ton of bricks. For years, I have seen and wondered about one particular dichotomy more than any other: how it could be that bright, intelligent people could hold fast to truly stupid arguments or positions on various subjects. Is it possible for someone to be both intelligent and stupid at the same time? This question began nagging me many years ago, when I began trying to research into the "why" behind all the lies and falsehoods clearly existing and thriving out in the open, as knowns, or as axioms; obvious falsehoods almost universally held to be well known truths throughout all of society. Why?
Rush travels in the rarified atmosphere of the biggest of the big-shots in business, politics and whatever field you can mention. He golfs and hobnobs with the upper crust. Yesterday he spoke of an enlighteneing conversation with a clearly intelligent CEO of a major company, without mentioning any names, in which this very bright entrepreneur challenged Rush to "do something about" all these upstart Social Issue zealots in the Republican Party.
Now, this CEO was a Democrat, and an Obama supporter. That's quite a dichotomy. A businessman politically supporting an enemy of business. That just doesn't make sense. But, it came out in the conversation that this CEO couldn't support or be associated with the Republicans, because the Republican positions involved Religion, and being associated with religion would be grossly embarrasing.
Potential loss of business was less important than avoiding social embarrassment.
That word - embarrassment - stayed on Rush's mind for awhile, demanding more attention. And he finally hit on something big; at least it is very big to me. It's all about popularity. Popularity trumps politics. This big-shot, and lots of big-shots, and lots of all sorts of people, have a need to be popular, and to be considered popular by the people who are largely recognized as the ones who determine who and or what is popular, and who and or what is unpopular.
If you ever wondered how such big, successful entrepreneurs and CEOs as typified by Bill Gates could possibly be Democrats and support the likes of Comrade Obama, peace be upon him, this is it. They don't want to be embarrassed; they want to be popular. Marxist inspired governmental, educational and social Secularism has done it's nasty work of demonizing religion in the American psyche. Religion has officially been made unpopular with the cognizanti.
There are other causes, as pointed out by Rush. There are the Warren Buffet types, who hope to deflect attention from themselves when the mobs with pitchforks and torches come to strip the wealthy of their wealth by loudly agreeing, supporting and even issuing Marxist calls for higher taxes on the rich, thereby making themselves good guys in the eyes of the lowly hoi poloi. And, there are those, like the upper management of GM, who will throw their stockholders to the wolves to get in bed with a Fuhrer like Comrade Obama, as Krupp did with Adolph Hitler.
But the biggest answer to the question of how someone could be brilliant and stupid at the same time is all wrapped up in the politics of popularity. It answers all sorts of questions that have bugged me for years.
Do you remember when novels, short-stories, poems, movies, sit-coms, comedy, songs, entertainment of all sorts, once upon a time, predominantly had a moral? All of that is gone now. Art and entertainment leads the way.
A recently re-run episode of Everybody Loves Raymond illustrates the point. The theme of the episode involved how to raise the children to be moral upstanding citizens, and there were multiple comic references to blatantly immoral indiscretions of the parents during their college years. But, of course, they would raise their children to know better than to do those things; then came the realization that that is probably what their own parents tried to do. Long, thoughtful pause. And the answer was? Just love them, and hope for the best. See?
Not one mention of religion. Nothing at all about sin, redemption, virtue versus vice, etc. Not one single word about God.
Perhaps it would be embarrassing.
So the message is, if you want to raise children to be virtuous adults, whatever else you do, Do Not introduce them to any form of Judeo-Christian religion. Perhaps they may not grow up to be paragons of virtue, but at least they will avoid a lot of embarrassment. More importantly, they will be less likely to ever be any kind of religious embarrassment to their parents.
Entertainment has gone godless, and entertainment leads the way. Religion, particularly Christianity, is only treated with scorn, ridicule and mockery in entertainment today. That's what's popular.
Just about everything on this site involves arguments or positions that support truth in the face of generally accepted falsehood that is easily proven false. Page after page; topic after topic. It always comes down to the same thing:
God is at the center of all truth, and is, indeed, Truth.
And that is now an embarrassment to the intelligentsia.
Rush really hit on it.
Why do big corporate CEOs support the Democrat Party? Because of the politics of popularity.
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