As the Left licked its wounds following the 2004 elections, a chart circulated around the Internet suggesting Kerry voters were significantly more intelligent than Bush voters. Only 2 of the 19 “blue states” that voted for Kerry had an average IQ under 100. By contrast, of the 31 “red states” only 1 of them had an IQ of over 100. The so-called “smartest” Bush state, Virginia, had an average IQ of exactly 100–just a single point higher than the two “dumbest” Kerry states, Michigan and Oregon, which each came in at 99.
This was a fun little victory for the “blue states,” enabling them to go down swinging, still throwing jabs at their opponents even after Kerry’s concession speech. T-shirts and posters were made by blue-staters declaring unity with their Canadian neighbors to the north and proclaiming all red states “Jesusland.” These liberal antics reminded me why I usually shun official party affiliations. I was disappointed in the Left for celebrating these divisions. How could self-purported liberals overlook the hypocrisy and counterproductivity in emphasizing differences between “red states” and the “blue states”?
Throughout the 2004 campaign, Democrats had harshly condemned the arrogance the Bush administration, which had swaggered us into Iraq under the dangerous pretenses that America’s way of life is inherently superior to our adversaries’ in the Middle East. Yet here they were launching a slew of “sour grapes” cyber attacks against the working class folks with whom they’d failed to connect. Emasculating Southerners and Midwesterners for their intellectual shortcomings epitomizes American cockiness and elitism. First of all, the IQ test is bogus and intelligence is a relative concept. But let us suppose for a moment that all Kerry voters were geniuses and all Bush voters imbeciles–what does that say about America? What does it say about our smart people that we lack the aptitude to educate our dumb people?
Maybe Democrats and Republicans can take the moral high ground in 2008. We are one nation–not two. Just as we cannot expect Muslims to embrace an America that thinks all of them are terrorists, liberals should realize stereotyping all Republicans as illiterate farmers who marry their cousins is not the way to heal as a nation. Stop preaching tolerance abroad if you can’t learn to practice it at home!