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Posted Tuesday, January 5, 2010, at 1:24 AM

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I have often bemoaned that our government and universities have been run over with intellectual inbreds. In talking with the eggheads I have met, or know, what I find often is simply a machine, able to regurgitate the words written by others. Folks taught to repeat the great notions that others have had.

What you find lacking in many intellectuals, is the common sense to put any real ideas to work.

Dr. Thomas Sowell has just recently published a book called "Intellectuals and Society", as well as a short article under the same title:

www.realclearpolitics/articles/2010/01/0...

"Those whose careers are built on the creation and dissemination of ideas--the intellectuals--have played a role in many societies out of all proportion to their numbers. Whether that role has, on net balance, made those around them better off or worse off is one of the key questions of our times."

I would argue that intellectuals produce nothing, so they must be supported. The greater the intellectual, the more that smarty pants needs to be supported by working folks.

More from Dr. Sowell, "The quick answer is that intellectuals have done both. But certainly, for the 20th century, it is hard to escape the conclusion that intellectuals have on net balance made the world a worse and more dangerous place."

"Scarcely a mass-murdering dictator of the 20th century was without his supporters, admirers or apologists among the leading intellectuals--not only within his own country, but in foreign democracies, where intellectuals were free to say whatever they wanted to."

Right on the beam there Dr. Sowell. Examine how our country, and the Democrat Party, have been hijacked by intellectuals, who sit on a perch and want to dictate to us how to live our lives, because they have read more books than we have.

Smarty pants!

They glorify each other, and praise each other, then call that self praise and self glory....accomplishments. One academic writes a book, and seven other academics give rave reviews. They do so expecting that their time will come when rave reviews of their own intellectualism will be in order. It's inbred. It's costly, and often times, it leads to destruction.

Dr. Sowell continues..."most of those who promoted the scientific, economic and social advances of the 20th century weren't really intellectuals in the sense in which that term is most often used."

"The Wright brothers, who fulfilled the centuries-old dream of human beings flying, were by no means intellectuals. Nor were those who conquered the scourge of polio and other diseases, or created the electronic marvels that we now take for granted."

That is an excellent point that cannot be over looked. Intellectuals certainly could point out the need for flight. A smarty pants could point out the wonders of fight, even the possibility of flight, but it took brothers, of no real intellectual prowess. Rather they had common sense, and it was common sense that got mankind into the air.

More from Dr. Sowell, "The ideas that Karl Marx created in the 19th century dominated the course of events over wide portions of the world in the 20th century. Whole generations suffered, and millions were killed, as a result of those ideas. This was not Marx's intention, not the intentions of many supporters of Marxian ideas in countries around the world. But it is what happened."

"Some of the most distinguished intellectuals in the Western world in the 1930's gave ringing praise to the Soviet Union, while millions of people there were literally starved to death and vast numbers were being shipped of to slave labor camps."

It may be wise in the days ahead, as the intellectuals hand down their decrees, and demand obedience, to remember that they need us a lot more than we need them.

Truly, if our Congress had more blue collar members, you'd find that they'd be able to actually solve some difficult problems, instead of creating more difficulties.

All these smarty pants intellectuals can do right now, is waste your money, lie to you, and pat each other on the back.

You, Mr and Mrs Blue Collar, you have the solutions to our future, not the egg heads. It takes more than fancy words to do great things.

Think about what I have said here the next time you hear Senator Ben Nelson talk about his deplorable actions in supporting the Health Care Destruction Act. Listen to him speak, and you'll begin to understand that Sen. Nelson thinks you voters are about as smart as a bag of hammers.

Smarty pants!


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Wow, I have never read such an idiotic blog in my life. Seriously, every piece of trash that you have put out until now pales in comparison to the absolute ignorance in this blog. You never cease to amaze Sam. Never mind the Manhattan Project, civilian nuclear power, the X-Planes, Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, enormous advances in solid state electronics, the Shuttle, smart bombs, stealth aircraft, GPS, the internet. All publicly funded and giving back to us tenfold for our investment. But then again, why would you care? None of it has to do with abortion...

-- Posted by jeffhager on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 12:55 PM

OK, Joe. When I read your response I panicked for one second, thinking that you just might be right! So I scrolled up and read my very short response to Sam's blog, and realized that I did contribute, although not much, I contributed by leaps and bounds compared to your silly little displays of Eric Cartman-esque idiocy. So, thanks I guess, for making me double-check. I hope you can eventually think of some kind of thought. I look forward to reading one!

-- Posted by Jaded American on Sat, Jan 9, 2010, at 2:18 PM

Hank,

I only use the information that is given. Next question, why a Volvo semi-tractor?

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sat, Jan 9, 2010, at 1:14 PM

Guillermo - I find it telling that you do not know Dr. Thomas Sowell.

It seems odd to me that you seem to know about every philosopher since the flood that disagrees with God. You brag about your education and intellegence, and yet you claim not to know about one of America's most talented black authors, and professors.

Dr. Sowell, a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford? A Harvard man, Dr. Sowell, who has also taught at UCLA and Cornell. He is the author of dozens of books Guillermo, and yet you don't know him.

You received an indoctrination instead of an education, didn't you. Typical.

You got your "A" grades for agreeing with your Marxists professors, and you think you have been educated. It is funny to watch. The more you talk Guillermo, the more you prove my points. The more you talk, the more the failure of our education system comes though.

So please, keep commenting. Show off that education.

-- Posted by sameldridge on Sat, Jan 9, 2010, at 12:04 PM

Chunky,

You do have a way of pole vaulting to conclusions.

My father was a teetotaler to the point of making a vice of his virtues.

As with most humans, he was a combination of greatness and weakness.

A great uncle, who had been reading and studying non-stop since the 1880s, was known for the "wedding whiskey" he produced.

Four grain, triple distilled, with every run filtered through an eight foot charcoal column.

When a child was born, Uncle Mike finished the process and filled a 40-gallon charcoaled oak keg with that child's wedding whiskey.

About a half gallon was all that was served at the wedding -- with the keg topped off from a reserve 10-gallon keg of the same run -- and sent home with the newlyweds for their house whiskey.

No one "got drunk" around Uncle Mike. Period.

"Decent folks control their liquor. They never let the alcohol control them."

The one keg of wedding whiskey I tested was 65 years old, served at a community reunion in the Ouchita's in 1947. My cousin was a confirmed bachelor and his wedding whiskey was doled out for the reunion. After three days, more than half remained. No one "got drunk" around Uncle Mike.

A mountain man he was. Incredibly literate, reflective and self-educated without doubt.

In some unimportant areas -- possessed of the glorious lack of sophistication, which Jeff Foxworthy considers the essence of being a redneck.

We are all REDNECKS in one area or another.

I've shared private label Anejo Tequilla with Sonoran ranchers, two-varietal Cabernet from a private selection with California vinters, Hudson Bay O.P. Rum with Artic Circle seismologists and various spirits across the continent.

Despite my father's fear of alcohol, good sippin' whiskey, fine wine and liquers add to the human experience for those who understand the use and control.

Having helped haul more common drunks to jail than I like to remember, I am well aware alcohol abuse can be devastating to those who cannot manage their lives.

Chunky, your talent seems to be the ability to read what you want to into anything.

You read something from those where you disagree, and apply every possible vice, sin and criminal conduct to them.

Virtually every person here on The Gearjammer's blob is a law-abiding citizen. Probably 99% are hard-working, sober, at least moderately spiritual human beings.

Clearly, they care sincerely about their country and this world.

Too many decide what those they oppose are doing that is contrary to them and facts no longer have any impact.

Liberals nationally are pillorying Obama for failing to push the LIBERAL agenda.

Conservatives are screaming Obama is bankrupting the nation with his wild LIBERAL spending.

Reality, he has not been able to move on any LIBERAL agenda, because he has been too busy fighting fires of the greatest political magnitude, skinning economic alligators and redirecting wars which should have been cleaned up four and five years ago.

But the knee jerk Liberals who are criticizing him and the higher knee jerk conservatives who are certain he has already destroyed the country -- all refuse to consider facts.

Most have no idea of how this country's government operates -- what the SOP is and what our constitution requires.

Unfortunately, 75-90% of those on this blog fall in that category.

They fall in that category of needing to avoid expressing themselves until learning all the facts, or be certain of revealing their own ignorance of facts.

And yes, Will Rogers said it very well, back about 1925 --

WE'RE ALL IGNORANT, ONLY ABOUT DIFFERENT THINGS.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Fri, Jan 8, 2010, at 6:41 PM

I've been reading this column for a while and I've never seen anyone hijack and subsequently kill a good discussion by totally boring everyone like you do, Joe. It's obvious that they are trying to bounce with you but they just fell asleep. I think you even lost GI, who's tenacity is probably supreme on here. You are the biggest online DUD I have ever seen. If your online personality were rendered into cartoon form, you would be Cartman from South Park. By the way, watch your language.

-- Posted by Jaded American on Fri, Jan 8, 2010, at 2:14 PM

Hijacked.

-- Posted by Jaded American on Thu, Jan 7, 2010, at 1:58 PM

Sam,

The gang that is in charge of our government are not really intellectuals, they are ideologues. Intellectual thought was abandoned along time ago when they decided to follow Saul Alinsky.

Your reference to Ben Nelson is appropriate. Now, every voter in Nebraska knows that Ben Nelson's word means nothing.

-- Posted by Leo.Pold on Thu, Jan 7, 2010, at 11:39 AM

"JA - I think you make some goods points. The actions of Democrat leaders is most likely criminal. They are buying votes, trampling the Constitution, breaking their oath to defend the Constitution. The whole Social Security mess is a Ponzi Scheme, and yet we are told we are the dummies."

Thanks, but obviously they weren't good enough to garner much more than your mockery. :/

My point was that the DemocratIC leaders are just as bad as the Republican leaders when it comes to the shocking lack of ethics in their positions. As a jaded American I have never felt represented by these greedy clowns.

"I would have more sense than to make promises I can't keep. Sure, I've done it, but I don't make a habit of it. The Democrat leadership is embarking to give us an orgy of promises our grandkids will have to keep."

Like unnecessary warfare? Like overt and massive overspending on unethical corporate contractors to represent America to the world with bullets? Like Iraq? I mean, those weren't intellectuals making THOSE decisions, were they?

"That doesn't seem too smart to me."

I'm not shocked by this.

We live with our grandfathers' wars, and the consequences of them are here to stay. The only difference arguably is that the war we've been raging is unethically based and only serving to bolster an enemy WITHOUT A COUNTRY/WITH ANY COUNTRY that will happily fight us for many generations, aye, even our grandchildrens'.

-- Posted by Jaded American on Thu, Jan 7, 2010, at 7:47 AM

Joe - I liked your avatar. I decided to use one as well.

-- Posted by sameldridge on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 5:11 PM

Actually Igg, I gave up on the mini-skirt, too revealing (don't let this be the focus of your day), I now prefer the one-piece leotard (stop it!). I also no longer use the pom-poms, the spirit fingers are great and the jazz hands aren't too bad either. But you should see me in my dance ensemble.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 1:46 PM

Sam,

I had the opportunity Dr. Sowell while in college, and even more seriously out of college. At first I disagreed with many of his theories on economics, until I got into the real world. They were no longer mere theories, but fact. Dr. Walter Williams is another one who I had hard time understanding, but with a lifetime of experience, they make perfect sense.

Keep it up!

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 12:49 PM

NebraskaMark,

A most excellent summary of all of Sam's blogs. The left will try to clobber you into submission, to force a retraction, do what is best, ignore them.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 12:43 PM

Joe Buck,

Even if the dog analogy was a joke, it is still spot on. You can tell by how quickly the venom hits from the left that you hit an exposed nerve. The "turd" illustration, followed by Guillermo's weak comic attempt, is actually a accurate description of PC.

Keep it up.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 12:40 PM

To herndonhank,

I was merely using your own statements concerning your own consumption of alcohol. In the past, you have bragged about sipping moonshine with the local rednecks. Assuming this was true, and assuming moonshine is still 180-190 proof, a lot of neurological damage can occur very quickly. If spread over a number of years, pretty self-explanatory.

If your lifetime of sobriety is true, you have my most deepest and sincere apologies. If however, you have lied, then everything else you have ever posted on these blogs should be questioned. Your conscience alone will dictate.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 12:36 PM

It seems many of the elitists in this thread recognize all forms of hypocrisy except their own...how typical. To top it off, they still refuse to differentiate between intellect married with common sense, or wisdom, as contrasted with their humanistic intellectualism. It is blatantly obvious that humanism is a religion unto itself in that the humanist essentially worships himself and his intellect. Doubtless, the atheist will deny this, and the agnostic or "religious" humanist thinks religion is secondary to his ego.

In either case, the resulting hubris leads them both to believe that they are superior to all others who do not happen to meet their criteria of education, ideology, or whatever. Therefore, the ignorant "masses" must be told what to think and what to do because they do not really know what is best for themselves. It thus follows in the mind of the self-described, tolerant, intelligentsia, that only their religion of self deification is to be tolerated and can be forced upon others, e.g. in our schools, in public, etc. The real argument of separation of church and state is not so much about Christians wanting to establish a theocracy, but instead about the progressives wanting to keep any form of Christianity out so that only their cloaked religion of humanism is the de facto theocracy. That is why the theory of atheistic Darwinism is taught as "fact" in our public schools, but any mention of Creationism or Intelligent Design is unconstitutional.

On the progressive side, there seems to be two main camps of influence; one of the pseudo-religionists who believe in some form of social gospel, but not the Gospel of the Bible, and the other as atheistic, pseudo-intellectual elitists who attempt power grabs under the guise of social justice. The former tend to be naive and fall under the category "the road to hell is paved with good intentions". The latter tend to be those who are the self-proclaimed, compassionate, intellectual progressives who say they only want what is best for the masses, but in reality only really want to increase their power through the enslavement of entitlements. The masses are told that they are victims, of whatever the current hot-button issue is, and that this or that entitlement is needed to help them.

Currently, this is being played out in D.C., where the majority in power, including Ben Nelson, is ignoring, yes, willfully and arrogantly disregarding the manifest will of the people. I will draw fire for this, and so be it, but as history shows us this type of arrogant disregard of the people and law is how Fascism and other forms of Statism gain ascendency, lead to war, and destroy nations. Our Constitution has been under attack for some time, and by both parties, but in the past year, under Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and their followers all the stops are being pulled out. For those who deny history, what is presently going on in Venezuela is a prime example of where we are headed.

With the precedents that have been set in the past year of ramming through one-party legislation by any sleazy means possible, I now fear that only direct Divine intervention can save our Republic, as we have known it for over 200 years, from self destructing. With more and more people becoming disenfranchised with their government, in the near future all it will take is one catastrophic event to set the cascade of dominoes in motion. I pray that "common sense" will prevail in the next elections so that the self-destructive course the Progressives have put us on may be checked before it is too late.

Oh, joy of joys, I just read where New Yorker magazine declared Obama a "certified intellectual"! He truly is the promised One - NOT!

-- Posted by NebraskaMark on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 12:12 PM

Joe Buck - Welcome. Considering the state of the Democrat Party today, I'm am not so sure your dogs would like being called Democrats.

Thanks for taking time to join up and comment.

NebraskaMark - I am glad you saw the example that Christ very clearly laid out for us.

You know, I am not a religous guy at all, don't like churches much, and there are only an handful of preachers I even trust. We don't all have to have the same religion, I don't care about that.

However, this country, this United States, was founded by Christian men, who prayed to the God of the Bible before they did anything to build the Constitution, or this nation.

The diluted Guillermo's of the world will quickly jump on the mistakes of humans, Christian humans, as though they were the mistakes of God. This country paid in blood the cost of going along with slavery, and eventually, that mistake caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of men, who never owned a slave.

The Jewish intellectuals in Christs' day were perfectly willing to sell the souls of their own people into slavery, as long as they could hold their intellectual positions.

It was the intellectuals that demanded the murder of Christ.

Do we not see some of that going on today? Are not the intellectuals of today willing to do whatever to you and I, and our kids, just as long as they can have their cushy jobs, their Gulf Streams, their vacations at Martha's Vineyard?

-- Posted by sameldridge on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 11:24 AM

JA - I think you make some goods points. The actions of Democrat leaders is most likely criminal. They are buying votes, trampling the Constitution, breaking their oath to defend the Constitution. The whole Social Security mess is a Ponzi Scheme, and yet we are told we are the dummies.

I would have more sense than to make promises I can't keep. Sure, I've done it, but I don't make a habit of it. The Democrat leadership is embarking to give us an orgy of promises our grandkids will have to keep.

That doesn't seem too smart to me.

Look, we have clear evidence of what these Ivy League educated gifts to mankind have done already. They have wasted trillions of dollars. Untold amounts of money squandered, and that money didn't belong to them. Government by intellectuals has increased to gigantic proportions, and they are out of control. Government by intellectuals costs the lives of three thousand babies every day. Government by intellectuals is expensive.

The owner of the downtown hardware store, if he/she is in business today, has clearly demonstrated, that he/she has grasped simple business and yes, social concepts, that allow him/her to be successful, and PROVIDE A SERVICE.

Now follow along with me a minute. Has President Obama and the pile of intellectuals that are currently feasting on the wealth of our grandchildren shown the ability to do what the store owner does every day?

Why should I have any confidence in anything these people do or say?

Now, as they shove health care down our throats, they once again rely on their superior knowledge (in their minds) as justification for their betrayal of the people they are suppose to serve.

Thanks for your time and comments.

-- Posted by sameldridge on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 10:55 AM

"Truly, if our Congress had more blue collar members, you'd find that they'd be able to actually solve some difficult problems, instead of creating more difficulties. "

If I'm not mistaken then you are implying that Congress is full of intellectuals, and that there is no intellectual presence in the blue collar portion of our society.

Congress is full of sellouts, just politicians who want to KEEP THEIR JOBS. It takes a certain breed to be a politician, you have to be able to bear your face to every single camera and hold your hand out to every single donor. You have to be able to make contradictory business relationships to KEEP YOUR JOB. You have to be acutely aware of what your constituents expect from you so that you can explain away why you worked only for the interests of your sources of money and backroom buddies in Washington instead. In my opinion, Congress is full of the worst kind of human beings, not intellectuals. I don't think Congress has been full of intellectuals since the days of its infancy. And that goes for both sides of the aisle, both sides of ANY debate, IMHO.

The claim that the Democratic party (Democratic party, not "Democrat party", Rush) has been "hijacked by intellectuals" is laughable. Is the idea of healthcare reform an intellectual idea? Whether you agree with it or not? What about the exploration of different perspectives regarding warfare versus an enemy that is global, without borders, that is only more deeply inspired and grown in ranks by our actions overseas? These are the only things I can see that have changes much lately and it still doesn't change my argument that Congress is more comparable to the trading floors in the New York Stock Exchange than the book-filled rooms full of intellectuals "dictating to us how to live our lives, because they have read more books than we have."

-- Posted by Jaded American on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 9:22 AM

For the record Joe...I liked your joke. I knew it was a joke the moment I began reading it, and I saw the humor. Some can't see the joke because they are the joke. I thought it was funny.

I especially enjoy the subsequent postings of those you apparently offended. They continue to add to the joke.

Thoroughly entertaining. Looking forward to the next one.

-- Posted by Husker23 on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 8:58 AM

Peanut Butter Brains,

Only a totally ignorant Certifiable Rectal Orifice would come out with a slur of "alcohol rotted brain" without any knowledge of fact.

From 13-22, working rodeos every summer, I learned one thing from the derelicts who had been champions in the 1920s and 30s.

Recreational sex can leave any person infected and disabled by "social diseases."

Alcohol addiction, known then as being a falling down drunk, will destroy anyone.

Now, supreme egoist Chunky, explain to the Gazette world how fact-based expression is coming from an alcohol rotted brain -- within a man who has never been "drunk," UNDER THE INFLUENCE or even remotely close in eight decades of living.

Even in Utah for two years, as the only "Gentile" within the business district, I was also the designated driver for the JayCee bus at statewide parties -- because I was always the one sober person.

CPB, showing his usual affection for hyperbole, vitriol and male bovine excrement casually tosses around insults.

If Sam seriously intends to enforce Gazette standards, I can think of no better starting point than excommunicating the brown stuff someone likes to throw against the wall to see what sticks.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 3:00 AM

Joe -- well, now we're getting a more humane picture of your dogs. It really was unfair to use your dog in a less than truthful way to belittle those who might call themselves dems/progressives/leftists and who might have awesome dogs to boot. A good intellectual is someone who understands, and there's very little understanding in that dog post you put up. It was definitely a flat joke, as Carl pointed out. Res Just

-- Posted by Resilient Justice on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 10:27 PM

Hey, Joe Buck, dude -- I was just commenting on your post which strongly implies that your dog leads a sedentary and unproductive life for which no self-respecting progressive person would advocate (read Dewey). I meant no insult. You've probably heard the adage that dogs look (and act) a lot like their owners, and in my experience, that's generally true, and I was extrapolating that from your commentary. If your dog is another version of you, then it's both funny and sad. You're right: I am serious about what my dog does,and in case you missed it, my post is a realistic critical analogy that calls into question your analogy of who dems/progressives/leftists might be. I don't think they're representative of your dog, dog. Res Just.

-- Posted by Resilient Justice on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 10:22 PM

Yes Iggy, as is also your intellect, completely irrelevant and meaningless.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 9:47 PM

Joe Buck,

With all due respect, the habits of your dog say more about you than about your dog. I taught my dog to ring a bell when she wants to go out. She's learned to self-monitor her food and only eats when she's hungry. She barks to let me know where she left her latest fecal dropping, so I know where to find it in the yard. She is a good guard dog and makes my home feel safe. She also surfs the counters for food she's not supposed to have, and she is very playful because she wants to be chased, so she'll take something I really like such as a book or my favorite sock and will run with it, expecting me to catch her. She's my favorite companion on my runs because she's learned to pace me and is up for any challenge. She's caught squirrels and birds and has given them to me as gifts. She's so smart that she listens only when she thinks I'm saying something worthwhile. I've got to respect that. I attended progressive dog training classes with her when she was a puppy, and these lessons "trained" me as much as they did her. My dog has learned to take care of herself with my help and we cohabit in mischievous harmony fostered by ideas borne out of progressive ideals that include both self-actualization and sound citizenship in the home and outside. She's active all the time, and when I get home from work, I rarely find her sleeping. She sleeps about 8 hours a night and will snooze after an 8-mile run. I'm sorry to hear that your dog might just be reflecting your own sense of what it means to live life fully and productively. There's very little that's progressive or interesting in that. Your use of those labels at the end of the post is a convenient albeit disheartening way to blame the dog for the possible short-comings of its owner.

-- Posted by Resilient Justice on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 9:40 PM

Sam -- great piece of work! Further proof of that is that I see that you also got some of the elitist statists stirred up!

From my perspective you boiled down much of what is wrong in our nation and world to -- learned people devoid of any common sense and moral compass. While we could all quote "learned" people to supposedly "prove" our viewpoint, you are right, sometimes it is just best to let common sense filter through all the intellectual noise (a.k.a. cr@pola) out there. It is obvious to me that your point was not to condemn all "higher" learning, but instead show what it becomes as an end in itself.

The leftist majority in academia suffers from the hubris that atheistic humanism produces and thus the only thing they really have to live for is themselves, "learning" for the sake of learning, and in hearing themselves speak. Brings to mind when the Apostle Paul visited Athens and found all those "learned" men sitting around arguing about anything and nothing, just for the sake of doing so. They were so intelligent that they even erected an idol to the "unknown god"! Things haven't changed much....

Your example of Jesus Christ was spot on, to which you will notice the elitists did not reply yet. However, as seen by the venom and vitriol that that name (of all names) brings out in the self-described intellectual elitists, it will come though. Christ is the antithesis of worldly wisdom.

Do I close with a quote from the Bible or one of the Founders --- how about both?

"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions that are not based on morality and true religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." John Adams

"For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools...And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper". God's Word - Romans 1

-- Posted by NebraskaMark on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 7:33 PM

Guillermo,

I'm not sure where you got the "laissez-faire" economist from, it's not in your link. The link does say he is a respected top economist.

I can see where your staunch defense of intellectualism comes from. Having spent nearly 3 week reading your philosophy in gnosticism, which I cannot say that you have any knowledge of other than it's existence. It's simplist meaning is salvation through knowledge. It is a self-absorbed exercise in, well intellectualism, merely studying the works of other people.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 6:54 PM

Res Just - My friend, thank you for your comments, most interesting.

I have come up with ideas, simple ideas, I believe that would work.

I have called for: reduction in government spending, reduction in taxes, across the board, cut backs in government bureaucracies, energy expansion, drill for oil, stop abortions, respect for life, less government intrusion, and on and on.

Also, I have stated that health care reform can occur quite cheaply and effectively if your are simply willing to reign in the trial lawyers. Then, you could set up a tax credit, or incentives to help the uninsured get insured.

There are simple and smart solutions to problems. The main problem today is the Democrat Party, (the new Democrat Party, hijacked by liberals and progressives) who care more for installing power, and punishing America for their notion of sins.

I have nothing against intellectual thought. What I resent is this idea that we "common" folks are to damn stupid to make our own decisions. That is the view of the Democrat leaders in our country today. They have read more books, so they know better.

Hogwash. A guy running a gas station knows better how to solve problems because he freaking does it every day!

What does the intellectual do? He blames you, and me.

Thanks for your time and comments.

-- Posted by sameldridge on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 5:49 PM

SWNebr Transplant - My reactionary dreams?

I will try and explain my friend. We can agree to disagree. I am going to point to Jesus. Bare with me a minute.

Christ did not rise from the ranks of the intellectual, yet his SIMPLE wisdom confounded the intellectuals of the day. Remember when the Intellectuals sent the lawyer, Tertulis, to interrogate Christ, and to get him to make a mistake. The lawyer tried to ask him a trick question about the legality of paying taxes to Rome. Christ simply replied, "render unto Caesar what is Caesars'. The intellectuals were stunned.

Christ spoke in parables that a child could understand, but men of letters could not understand, "...a sower soweth the Word..."

Today, when less than 35% of "We the People" wanted the Democrat's plans for health care, the powerful intellectuals in the Senate, turned their backs on "We the People". Why? They did it out of intellectual arrogance. They did it because they think they know better than "We the People."

The founders trusted "We the People", that is why they put us in charge, not the intellectuals.

What is going on in government today has nothing to do with "We the people".

Christ was stunning because he had logic, not of men, but of the Creator. That logic, that instinct, as Backgammon called it, it the treasure of knowledge.

Christ was a simple carpenter.

Today, I think an average carpenter could rule better than all these lawyers and intellectual academics.

A simple carpenter will know to live within his means. He knows that you cannot produce income unless someone is working. he knows not to borrow money to foolishly give it away. These simple concepts seem to be far above the intellectual capability of today's government rulers, Democrat or Republican.

Thanks for your comments, and for nailing Guillermo on his verbal gymnastics.

-- Posted by sameldridge on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 5:36 PM

Guillermo - I pointed to Dr. Thomas Sowell, a learned man even by your standards. Are you smarter than Dr. Sowell Guillermo?

Do you feel a need to prove your intellectual manliness?

What does the intellectual produce Guillermo? Ideas, thoughts, imaginations? Are they not the same things a man of limited means can experience?

I could argue that a man who has had limited bombardment of others' thoughts, is in a better position to have true creative thought, since their thought processes have not been polluted by political dogma.

Dr. Sowell pointed out the intellectuals high praise of the Soviet Union in the thirties. You did not address that point, instead you chose to show off your language skills. Hey, I'm impressed, you sure know how to sling the crap.

Also you did not address my point that intellectuals must be supported by those who have actual jobs, by people that produce something of value.

Really, for such a bright guy, your arguments are limp; perhaps some intellectual Viagra would help.

-- Posted by sameldridge on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 5:20 PM

Inadvertently, herndonhank proves Sam's point. The first half of hank's post are the mindless mumblings of an alcohol rotted brain. On second thought, so is the rest of his post. Your jealousy finally comes through as you call conservative talk show host illiterate. If given the choice of listening to the boring ramblings of the smartest person in the room, who by the way is willing to verbally prove it, and the simple message of common sense, most go for the simple. It's like reading your entire post, verses Sam's.

I'm sure somewhere out there is a leftist intellectual talk show host who can beat their pants off in the ratings race. Many have tried, all have failed.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 5:14 PM

Backgammon - I think you are exactly right. God given talent indeed! Or instinct if you are of the pagan persuasion.

You mentioned "good intentions". The libs and progressives love to ignore the trillions of dollars already confiscated from producers to government, which in turn transfers a small portion to the poor. After all the transfer of wealth from Roosevelt to LBJ, you still have the Guillermo's of the world crying about unfairness.

-- Posted by sameldridge on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 5:08 PM

A true intellectual does not select single expressions from other intellectuals or pseudo-intellectuals -- and build an entire philosophy around that single point.

As a boy, we had a neighbor who had been graduated from Yale and possessed an incredible private library.

Ross clearly possessed an amazing amount of knowledge, but unlike some folks of limited education and experience, did not press his viewpoints onto others.

After I discovered his library and he granted unlimited use, so long as I took one, read it and returned to discuss it with him.

Then I could take another volume, read, return and discuss.

For a ten-year old kid who spent much of his week looking at the south end of a team of horses, or rode the herd solo, to iodine "new calves' cords," treat screwworms, etc. -- this was walking in tall cotton.

Sam, the problem with your personal economic and political philosopy -- A narrowness of vision and certainty that your limited intellect is right regarding all things.

Ben Franklin was one of the nation's first great intellects, and a lifetime scholar. He also was a skilled and talented printer and publisher, author and public figure. He also was the nation's first MILLIONAIRE.

Most farm and ranch owners' homes in the nation have well-read libraries on every conceivable subject -- particularly those north of Baltimore, Louisvile, Witchita, Santa Fe, Flagstaff and Redding, CA -- and those in the Rockies, Sierra, Cascades and Olympic Ranges. Sorry, Sam -- being anti-intellectual is no more a mark of maturity and intelligence, than being anti-Satan is a mark of moral living -- particularly when those expousing a credo, are personally inclined to live in direct contravention of their expressed principles.

San Francisco for years paid homage to a philosopher and world-class intellect, who was also a career stevedore on the docks during the days SF was a major port.

Mark Twain (Sam Clemens of Hannibal, MO) was the epitome of the common sense, blue collar American of his era.

He could earn his daily bread as a steamboat crewman, as a typographer hand setting type in a print shop, as a pressman, reporter, advertising salesman, cobbler or bartender.

Mark/Sam is generally recognized as one of the greatest intellects this nation has produced.

I know a Doctor of Philosophy, who founded a janitorial service operation as a one-man operation, built it to nearly 200 employees -- and has written and published widely on Philosophy. Typical of artists and philosophers, he has been required to create a mundane life to support his intellectual interests.

Does your dislike for intellectual expression include those high school english teachers or even the elementary and middle grade teachers who helped you attain some language skills?

How does this disdain for intellectuals co-exist with your avowed devotion to Rush, Beck, Hannity, Coulter, Savage and the rest of your uber-conservative talk show parasites who make nothing with their hands, avoid facts as if the devil were contained in every known fact and spread their limited thinking to more people daily than Karl Marx influenced in his lifetime and the century since his death.

Is your blog anything but an expression of your own intellect?

Should we be suspicious of a blogger who decries learning and knowledge, yet expects others to appreciate his personal thinking?

Sorry Sam, but when it comes time to evaluate matters of the economy, I prefer to consider the positions of nearly 100% of the world's recognized economists -- who collectively totally disagree with your positions.

Who should I trust -- Economists averaging 30 years of graduate studies in increasingly complex and specific subjects and professional work requiring 80-100 hour weeks for decades -- dealing only with economics;

With no concern for an Eaton gear box, a Detroit diesel or where to find the best "lumpers" in Billings, MT;

Or a gearjammer who worships at the alter of several nearly illiterate radio personalities?

Sam, you say Rush is always right.

Do your research and determine who created Rush, where Rush started and what he did before a neo-con billionaire became his patron.

After that -- Consider what happened this past week to 1200 Arrow Trucking drivers.

Make you a bet, most of those good ol' boys used to be conservatives.

Obviously, Arrow's majority stockholders and management are supremely uber conservatives.

Anyone with the gall to text message 1200 drivers, "Park your unit at the nearest terminal. Your fuel card is canceled. Apply for $200 for a ticket home."

My hero of the week --The Arrow Driver who stashed his tractor and trailer, moved down the road several hundred miles and text messaged back -- "Forward all pay, vacation pay due, unreimbursed expenses due, and $500 to get me home."

Second message --

"Will try to remember where that rig and $150,000 cargo is. The Reefer unit has enough fuel for three days."

There's an intellect I can appreciate.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 3:41 PM

Sam,

The United States does have a dearth of public intellectuals -- we don't seem to have that tradition here. We have celebrities, amazing athletes and sports personalities, smart politicians, very wise professors, some solid and some unsavory TV and radio personalities. The public intellectual seems to be the role at which you're hinting. The Oxford English Dictionary defines intellectual as that person who exercises understanding. You often do that in your posts before your unfortunate retreats into unhelpful political ideology. This particular post itself is remarkable because you're trying out some ideas publicly, the way a thoughtful intellectual might. You have a stance and the rest of us can argue with it. I would say that if we agree that this is an intellectual piece of writing (full understanding), then indeed, you have produced something worth thinking and writing about, something that may even have an effect on people's decision making, and policy. We definitely need more people like you, Sam, who carefully think ideas through and share them with others. Marx did that intellectual work with his books, and we are now at the point in 2010 where we know so much more about capitalism, its strengths and weaknesses, and public intellectuals such as yourself and others can point out these problems. Are you ready with a set of answers? Do you have a better economic theory for relieving the poverty of the 11 million children in this country based on your experience? Do you have a better idea for providing health care? Intellectuals think about these problems in relation to people's experiences and practices, just as you do in your blog. Maybe someone will read it and take your ideas and make them into something productively helpful. BUT, you have to tell us what your idea is first, otherwise this latest post is just additional rhetoric of a misspent intellectual on the road. Res Just

-- Posted by Resilient Justice on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 2:18 PM

WOW Guillermo, I'm impressed, you managed to use the whole week of your word of the day calendar in one post. Bravo!!! However; to quote Inigo, "I do not think it means what you think it means." In your attempt to show us all how superior you are to the low brow and unthinking masses who don't agree with you, I think you've misused some words. The words you use ALMOST work for your purpose but in the end it comes off a little like a Mike Tyson interview.

Sam,

I'm a little frightened by your troglodytic views. However, I am greatly amused by your third grade logic and name calling. Do the posters who follow you closely not have the ability to produce independent thought. You are partially right on many things but you always seem to veer too far into your reactionary dreams. Sad.

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 2:13 PM

I think I understand what you are trying to say. Great thought and great oratory are fine, but it takes action, and "common sense". Instead of common sense, perhaps this would better be described as instinct, or even God-given talent. Henry Ford was no intellectual, nor was FW Woolworth, or JC Penny, yet they transformed the way the world builds and markets goods.

Some could argue that President Obama and his circle of intellectuals, are taking action, to put their intellectual thoughts into practice. What is missing is the actual real world experience, born of success and failure.

The example of Karl Marx by Dr. Sowell is an excellent one. Marx would be shocked at scope and magnitude of the failure of his intellectual ideas. I don't know who said it, or when, the saying, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions." The liberals always have good intentions, or want us to think they have good intentions, be we are prohibited from pointing out the fruits of their good intentions. The fruits are often misery and death.

-- Posted by backgammon on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 1:10 PM


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