One of the most common and successful strategies from the Republican playbook is accusing educated, urbane liberals of elitism. The funny thing is, they’re absolutely right; we do think we’re better than they, and with good reason. Just look at any recent electoral map: the states where all the smart people live are blue, and the states where all the stupid people live are red. I’m not just talking shit; there have been many studies indicating that red states tend to have lower levels of education and IQ and higher levels of social ills such as teen pregnancy, alcoholism, illiteracy, etc. This trend is self-perpetuating, as smart people from these backwaters often get the fuck out of Dodge as soon as possible.
Perversely, Republicans have profited from this fact. Election analysts may as well say, “in order to succeed this year, the Republicans really need to mobilize the retard vote.” They’ve done this exceedingly well recently, convincing poor white chucklefucks to vote against their own interests in droves. The twisted union that Republicans have forged between the top 1% of the economic pyramid and the bottom 25% boggles the mind.
When and how did the Republican party become the party of idiots? Conservatism is a perfectly coherent political philosophy with many practical successes under its belt. True conservatism, however, is no longer what the Republican party preaches. Rather, the party has recently made its living by cultivating a particularly virulent strain of anti-intellectualism. The “Party of Lincoln” has become the party of bigots, ignorami, Christian fundamentalists, chicken hawks, fear mongerers, and fascists. Of course, not all Republicans fall into these categories; there are plenty of intelligent and educated ones. They should be ashamed, and now regretful, that they allowed their party to be hijacked by the basest subset of its constituency.