Are Democrats Smarter Than Republicans?

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I have asked myself this question many times.  Have recent events changed my mind?

 

The headline blares, “Nunes steps aside from Russia probe.”  Why?  As Nunes puts it, "Several leftwing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics.  The charges are entirely false and politically motivated, and are being leveled just as the American people are beginning to learn the truth about the improper unmasking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power."

 

Do you think if this was House Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Democrat Adam Schiff serving as the head of the committee he would step aside?  No way.  If this was going on against a Democrat the entire Progressive establishment would be attacking the Ethics Committee for even accepting such accusations. 

 

In a second example let’s look at the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.  He recuses himself from the Russian witch hunt over non-issues.  Does anyone remember that Obama’s last AG Loretta Lynch meeting with Ex-President Clinton on an airport in Arizona while her department was conducting a criminal investigation of his wife?   Did she recuse herself?  Of course not only Republicans are held to those standards.

 

Or look at the fake news tsunami about Russian meddling in our recent election.  After all this inquiry there is no evidence to support it.  WIKI Leaks has provided documents that show our own intelligence organizations routinely hack computers and make it look like the Russians did it.  And besides as I have been pointing out all along if the Russians did hack the election and Hillary won the popular vote who was the recipient of any Russian help?  Now it comes out that President Obama’s political hatchet woman Susan Rice was the one unmasking people from the Trump campaign and transition team in broad sweep intel gatherings.  So it looks like if any government was trying to interfere in a fair election it was ours.

 

And yet the media drum beat and the hearings, investigations, and charges continue.  If this was happening to a Democrat, say to President Obama what would we hear?   The media megaphone would be blaring day and night that it was a racially motivated witch hunt.  And unlike the Republicans who have some of the leaders of their party in and out of government and those in the media joining in the attacks in a similar situation the Democrats would circle the wagons and defend the attacked 24/7.

 

Like Charley Brown trying to kick the football over and over again only to have Lucy pull it away; each time the Democrats keep running the same play and the Republicans keep falling for it.  This brings us to the question of the day, “Are Democrats smarter than Republicans?”

 

I was a fourth generation Republican who cut my teeth in Nixon’s first presidential campaign back in 1960 and then in Barry Goldwater’s failed Presidential bid.  I worked for Goldwater, Reagan, and all the following Republican flag wavers who tried to rally the country to a return to limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom.  That is I did until Trent Lott’s Republican Senate Majority gave us the impeachment debacle and the explosion of government growth and spending under Hastert, Lott, and Bush.  When the Republican Senate refused to impeach President Clinton for crimes he later admitted and when they and their House brethren became Democrat Lite as the party of power, I mailed my membership card to the party that was no longer the Grand Old Party of my great grandfather and became an Independent.

 

For most of my life I was a party man: accepting some things I didn’t agree with for the greater good of electing a party with a platform I could agree with.  However, once it became apparent that as far as the budget went we had elected the foxes to watch the hen house, that the conservative social agenda received a tip-of-the-hat during elections followed by no action, and that the only victims of the impeachment were those brave enough to bring the charges the scales fell from my eyes.  Once I saw that the Republicans had lost their moorings and were swilling at the public trough, I realized the platform we conservatives battle so hard for and hold so dear is merely a mirage held in front of social and fiscal conservatives to keep them loyal to a Party captured by the Progressives.

 

Back in the Dream Time, when my mind was still locked in the glow of Ronald Reagan and all his example and message meant to America, even then I wondered, “What’s wrong with these leaders of ours?  Why do the Democrats always seem to outsmart them at every turn?”

 

Even Reagan, the best of the best, was hoodwinked by Tip O’Neal in the amnesty bargain: we would grant amnesty and then seal the border.  The problem is the illegal immigrants got the amnesty; however, America’s border was never sealed.  He also signed several tax deals with the Democratic majority.  We the People lost many deductions in exchange for lower rates.  The deductions never came back even though the rates started rising again as soon as the Gipper said good night and George the First forgot to read his own lips.

 

George Bush the Elder was out maneuvered by the Progressives so many times that 20% of his base ran to Perot opening the door for Clinton and the first attempt to ram national health care down America’s throat.  That time they overplayed their hand and the last great strategist among the Republicans, Newt Gingrich, was able to sell a Contract with America and bring the first Republican majority in Congress in 40 years

 

Newt kept the promises and brought some fiscal sanity back to Washington.  Within a few short years the Republican led Congress ended welfare as we had known it for generations and balanced the budget.  Unfortunately the Party of Lincoln then nominated someone who campaigned as if he had voted for Lincoln.  The 1996 Republican campaign would have had to improve several thousand percent to make it to dull.  Suddenly, with an assist from the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media it was Clinton, who had been dragged kicking and screaming to the benefit and spending cutting table, who was the author of everything positive Congress had accomplished.  The Republicans had been outmaneuvered and outsmarted again.

 

According to every one of the serial re-counts Bush the younger won Florida and legitimately the presidential race of 2000.  Yet, to this day people talk of him being selected not elected.  After the dastardly deeds of 9-11 the rhetorically-challenged George captured the hearts of America and the admiration of the Western world by taking a bullhorn and talking to a crowd at ground zero.  Yet by fighting and winning America’s first preemptive war and then losing the peace through the lack of planning he soon lost the PR campaign which led to the Pelosi-Reid Congress in 2006 and eventually to the absolute triumph of Progressivism in 2008.

 

Once their secular messiah was enthroned at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue the Progressives with their filibuster proof majority took the reins of single-party rule and imposed their radical agenda to transform America into a Nanny-state based upon the re-distribution of wealth.  This wanton destruction of the traditional American society based on limited government and free enterprise sparked a vast rebellion of the silent majority resulting in the teanami of 2010 which brought a Republican majority back to the People’s House and an expanded minority to the Senate.

 

And what is the first thing these political savants do?  They reaffirm the same tired leadership and strike a deal that anyone who was paying attention could see was tailor made to save the discredited Obama presidency and set the stage for him to follow in Mr. Clinton’s footsteps taking credit for anything good the historic election might have made possible.  What were these so-called leaders thinking?  They turned the victory of the grassroots into a capitulation to the elites.  Not only did they sign a deal that extended uncertainty and raised estate taxes, they gave the Administration cover for a stealth stimulus filled with porkulous pay-offs designed to help re-elect the President. 

 

Along comes 2012 and the Republican establishment and their friends in the Progressive Media engineer the nomination of the one man who couldn’t beat the worst president in American History with the worst economy since 1932.  They surrender the issue of a massively unpopular Obamacare by nominating the author of its prototype.  Mr. Romney spends the last debate agreeing with the President’s handling of foreign policy and ignoring the raging controversy over the debacle in Benghazi.  If he didn’t throw the election he tossed it away.

 

Then came Trump, he wins fair and square yet he is illegitimate.  There is no evidence of any collusion with the Russians but the seriousness of the charges demand an investigation as is the Democrat standard operating procedure.  All of this smoke and mirrors might easily be a cover so that no one gets to investigate the real scandal, that the Obama administration spied on and distributed the findings in an attempt to sabotage the incoming Trump.  And the Republicans are either right in there working with the Democrats, they recuse themselves, or they’re merely ineffective in dispersing the smoke and revealing the truth.

 

So, “Are Democrats smarter than Republicans?”  The answer is they aren’t.  It isn’t a matter of intelligence it’s a matter of people with dedication to something larger than themselves, as opposed to people with dedication to seeing themselves as something larger than they are. 

 

The leadership of the Democrat Party is composed of committed radical Progressives.  They have a long term agenda to transform America into a socialist welfare state with an unlimited government, and they never lose sight of that goal.  They’re willing to commit political suicide, or more accurately they’re willing to encourage their follow travelers who do not occupy safe seats to commit political suicide usually with pay off jobs in government agencies.  They never take their eyes off the ball.  They’re constantly pushing to move closer to the goal line even if it’s one inch at a time.  And after the debacle that was Hillary they are warming to the idea of allowing an outright Socialist to become the leader and agenda driver of their Party. 

 

They say a leopard can’t change his spots but at least the sheep’s clothing is falling off the Faux Socialists who call themselves Democrats.  It is interesting to remember that the Communist Party USA went all in for Obama and Clinton.  Why run your own candidate when one of the major parties is doing it for you.  These are some dedicated community organizers who aim at nothing less than fundamentally transforming America.

 

By comparison, the leadership of the Republicans is composed of professional politicians. They’re pragmatists who do whatever they have to do and say whatever they have to say to retain their seats, their power, and their perks.  They believe the inside the beltway press who tell them how visionary they are to compromise, losing sight of those back home in fly-over country who instead believed the campaign promises and expect their representatives to stand up for principles.

 

The Party of Lincoln over-and-over chooses to be on the receiving end of Pickett’s Charge instead of behind the spit-rail fence firing point blank as their enemy wastes itself in a senseless assault against an immovable barrier.  The Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the Presidency.  They could be that immovable barrier holding back the advancing forces of bankruptcy and collapse.  Instead the Progressives of the right are once again embracing the frivolous and spurious attacks of the Left against anyone who is really trying to lead away from the super state.   Soon they will join the Progressives of left in a bi-partisan campaign to continue the spending, increase the debt, and fool the public.

 

Paraphrasing the first Republican President, Historian Will Durant once wisely observed, “It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.”

 

Looking at the question which is the title of this essay, “Are Democrats smarter than Republicans” over many years of pondering this question, I haven’t changed my mind.  Singleness of purpose and focusing on a goal will make one appear smarter than someone who is merely in it for what they can get.  In other words, people who are dedicated to achieving long-term goals who have the ability to delay gratification will always trump self-serving pragmatists who can see no further than the feathers in their own nest.

 

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2017 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

Comments

Thomas Sutrina Added Apr 20, 2017 - 12:01pm
The problem with Republican leadership is that they are just as progressive as the Democrats.  And they know the majority of Republican Voters are more Conservative.  So they let the Democrats initiate policies.  They tweak policies.  
 
Your looking at the wrong actions.  Look at the Rino Republican attack on Conservative Republicans.  They are as ruthless as the Democrats.
Robert Owens Added Apr 20, 2017 - 1:40pm
Two heads of the same bird of prey.
 
Opes Added Apr 20, 2017 - 5:29pm
Maybe the control by one party or the other is not so much measured as smarter.   There are loads of deals behind the scenes that have helped the Democrats to succeed in controlling cultural changes and creating political correctness. There is a climate of less patriotism among the PC crowd that somehow has caused too many to ignore what is best for the nation. The Trump victory is a wild-card reset or reverse of the pendulum.
 
Yes many in both political parties seem to intentionally exalt themselves with elitism to a point of not having to be bothered with the needs or concerns of the middle class, working class, or any group below their idea of brilliance who don't follow them like robots.
 
If the majority of people want the best and brightest for POTUS, then it is unlikely that person is an average citizen.  Besides, the average Joe/Jane running for POTUS would likely have too many skeletons in their past to withstand public scrutiny.
 
However, there seems to be a need and interest now for a plain-spoken leader that can beat back the highbrow elitist crowd that ooz the know-it-all, know-what's-best-for-all moniker.
 
Biased news leads to half truths and partial facts.  With information overload the flood of data does seem to obscure or overwhelm, but the really bad actors are misleading by omission of detailed and important factors within current affairs.
 
I stopped watching establishment media for about 3 months, but just this week have resumed looking at it in small doses.
Robert Owens Added Apr 21, 2017 - 7:53am
Poison in small doses can help with immunization.
Autumn Cote Added Apr 21, 2017 - 8:24am
Please note, the best way to draw more attention to your work is to comment on the work of others.  I know this to be true because of you do I'll do everything in my power to draw more attention to your work. 
 
PS - There is a lot I can do and would like to do.  
Dino Manalis Added Apr 21, 2017 - 8:54am
Probably not, Democrats have become desperate divisive sour grapes!  I'm a registered Democrat, but I disagree with them much of the time, they're too liberal for me.  I prefer pragmatic centrists, like JFK and Bill Clinton who turned the Democratic Party into a leadership party.
Billy Roper Added Apr 21, 2017 - 10:47am
They are both flip sides of the same Jewish controlled establishment. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, there's no difference except in the label on your poison.
George N Romey Added Apr 21, 2017 - 1:58pm
There are no two sides.  There is just one side with each playing the part designated to them by the corporate, financial, military and health care elites.  We the people are the pawns being played.
Bill H. Added Apr 21, 2017 - 10:36pm
 
George, you are correct again!
Those who question and those who simply conform.
Either think, or let someone else do your thinking for you.
This is the true dividing line.
Sadly, we need to put labels on both.
Robert Owens Added Apr 21, 2017 - 10:58pm
The country party and the government party.
Bill H. Added Apr 22, 2017 - 12:46am
 
And we certainly need a new party that will actually work for the people and not the lobbyists and corporations.
John G Added Apr 22, 2017 - 2:07am
In my view, as the Dems have moved to the right, they've become dumber.
HRC supporters behaved like Republicans and the current Dems in power are mirror images of the McCarthy era Republicans.
Bill Clinton was a conservative with an agenda that mirrored R economics.
HRC was a proud Goldwater girl.
The Democratic Party has always been dominated by corporate interests but they were challenged by the forces of the left. These days there are no forces of the left because the Democratic Party has co-opted, corrupted and neutered them.
FDR had a strong socialist and communist union movement to consider. 50 years of union busting and anti-labour legislation has killed all that off.
Opes Added Apr 22, 2017 - 9:05am
Change is a constant some say, but human nature and the human condition has not yet been conquered by politics or governments.
 
The history of the U.S. political systems have seen major changes that included a civil war and several upheavals of rage on the streets.
 
It is curious to note how fashionable and unfashionable over time the personal peccadilloes of presidential candidates have been.  Were the smoke filled rooms behind the scenes a better system of politics and governance?  What you don't know can't hurt you (sausage-making) are the people who don't want to see the hard truths.  The nation has become too sensitive to so many things that really aren't important.
 
People say they want a 3rd party to knockout and revamp our systems.  Ross Perot tried, Bernie Sanders tried to take over the Dems, Trump did take over the GOP.
Robert Owens Added Apr 22, 2017 - 9:14am
Another cycle and either Bernie or one of his surrogates will get the nomination unless by then they are too conservative for the democrat Party of the 21st century
Bill H. Added Apr 22, 2017 - 10:41am
I agree. Ironically, Trump may be just the catalyst to get people involved and thinking again.
Hopefully after this disaster, it will take take much more than rhetoric and pie in the sky promises to become president.
Opes Added Apr 22, 2017 - 11:06am
We've had Reagonomics.
Then Read-My-Lips Bush.
Followed by NAFTA Clintonites the young and flashy.
And then shoot-from-the-hip Bush2.0
The Hope-And-Change Globalism Obama.
And now we have Trumpism, America is a business, so let's get to work?
George N Romey Added Apr 22, 2017 - 11:10am
Opes all of which have failed miserably.  We need a total reset because the current type of capitalism is cannibalistic in nature.
Opes Added Apr 22, 2017 - 11:46am
George, You subjectively are basically saying that you have not bought or sold a house for yourself during any of these periods of time. And your career was never positive during any of these President administrations?
Bill H. Added Apr 22, 2017 - 11:48am
"Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."
Abraham Lincoln
Not Government of the Corporations, by the Corporations, for the Corporations, as we have now.
Do we simply just keep electing Corporate puppets that tell us that they know what is best for us, and we just keeping believing every word of it?
They know exactly what is best for them.
C'mon, people!
George N Romey Added Apr 22, 2017 - 12:29pm
Yes I did very well indeed at one time.  However, things have materially changed.  Capitalism has become so fixated on short term profits as demanded by the financialization of our economy its causing current and future damage.  The natural tendency is for wealth to concentrate into fewer and fewer hands while the masses become impoverished. To maintain a strong and widespread middle requires both public and private commitment.
Robert Owens Added Apr 22, 2017 - 7:53pm
An interesting book relating to this discussion:


Three New Deals: Reflections on Roosevelt's America, Mussolini's Italy, and Hitler's Germany, 1933-1939
Nov 27, 2007
by Wolfgang Schivelbusch
 
Mike Haluska Added Apr 27, 2017 - 2:36pm
People confuse academic credentials with successful intelligence - they're NOT related.  Forrest Gump was wise and 100% correct when he proclaimed:
 
                           "STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES"
Mike Haluska Added Apr 27, 2017 - 2:39pm
Democrats (by and large) get degrees in liberal arts, law, teaching.
Republicans (by and large) get degrees in STEM, business and medical sciences.
 
This explains a lot about their basic differences in beliefs in Personal Responsibility and Individual Freedom.
Thomas Sutrina Added Apr 27, 2017 - 3:34pm
Robert O., the only difference I see between the three men is time, "Three New Deals: Reflections on Roosevelt's America, Mussolini's Italy, and Hitler's Germany, 1933-1939"  So I will properly define Roosevelt.  The other two are well known.  I will use those that know tell you. 
 
"Whittaker Chambers had a secret. He had worked in the American Communist underground for most of the 1930s. ... In 1939, with the outbreak of WWII, Chambers decided he needed to inform the FDR administration of what he knew about those currently working in the underground. Through an intermediary, he obtained an interview with Adolf Berle, the Assistant Secretary of State in charge of security.   ...  And with astonishment I took my first hard look at the New Deal. . . . All the New Dealers I had known were Communists or near-Communists. None of them took the New Deal seriously as an end in itself. They regarded it as an instrument for gaining their own revolutionary ends."  http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2010/05/22/whittaker-chambers-the-new-deal-as-revolution/
 
 
The 1943 State of the Union contained the Second Bill of Rights.  However; it was not to be incorporated by Amendments.  Obama is completing some of the last of FDR's Rights, ACA and Dodd Frank.  
 
"Saul Alinsky’s book. “Rules For Radicals,” was first named “Rules For Revolution,” and has caused untold controversy since Alinsky published the book in 1971. ... Alinsky’s tactics were based not on Stalin’s revolutionary violence, but instead on the neo-Marxist
strategies of Antonio Gramsci, an Italian communist.  Relying on gradualism, infiltration and the, “dialectic process” rather than bloody revolution.  ...  A letter from Saul Alinsky’s son David States: “Obama learned his lesson well. I am proud to see that my father’s model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we his approach 100th
birthday.” "  http://www.redstate.com/diary/delawarewindjammer/2012/01/13/obama-hillary-clinton-saul-alinsky-and-rules-for-radicals/
The Irish formed Fabian Socialism what uses the same tactic.   
 
 
 
Opes Added Apr 27, 2017 - 4:39pm
Is it being the smartest to be able to pull off the best flimflam scheme?  The Dems seem to know best at developing a cult following using fake rage and Hollywood dazzle.  Dems can herd together a wide mixture of people on the edges.  The GOP also has shifting currents of groups that can at times be controlled by dollar-power and might, but which caused a large RINO class of GOPers
Mike Haluska Added Apr 27, 2017 - 4:55pm
The Democrats message is based on a simple saying:
 
"You can't cheat an honest man"
 
By appealing to the poorly educated in economics, business and ethics (the majority now due to our crappy Public Schools), the Democrats eliminate "honest men" and deal with corrupted people with expectations of "something for nothing".  Corrupt people need a corrupt system to flourish - not an honest system.
Opes Added May 9, 2017 - 11:12am
It is too easy to persuade people in so many various ways and methods.  That is life.  The Millennial generation is the newly exploited crop where their childhood has been extended to the extremes in the U.S. due to having to rely on a variety of non-self-reliant ideas for existence.
 
Our politics have reached a new structure within the 2 party system it seems.  HRC is or will be forming a new PAC (political Action Committee) to attract $$$$ towards attempting to stay in a power position in the Dem party, but that is a competing effort against the former POTUS Obama who will or is developing his own space to continue to lead the Dem party.  There seems very limited space for new people with new thinking there.  But the rallies will continue to up the rage and chaos.  Meanwhile the GOP are still trying to figure our what happened too.
Thomas Sutrina Added May 9, 2017 - 12:44pm
HRC can start any PAC she wants but Bill and Hillary's foundation closed because people stopped giving money.  Do you really thing those people will be fooled by changing the name?  
Opes Added May 10, 2017 - 10:07am
Thomas,
It looks like there is more to the PAC idea than seen on the surface, but yes people are gullible.  The old guard of the 2 party system are struggling to manage the chaos they intensionally continue to create.