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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Ted Rall: Confessions of an Ignoramus

You could read the latest Ted Rall piece, Confessions Of A Cultural Elitist get all worked up, maybe see your blood pressure rise a bit, but I wouldn't fault you if you didn't. I can sum it up pretty well I think...

If you don't live in a big city, particularly if you live in the red states, you are uneducated, lack ambition, and are to be looked down upon with good reason. All of America's young, intelligent, and cultured people live on costal cities. The heartland is no more patriotic than San Francisco's Castro district. Only stupid dumb people voted for Bush.

There were no WMD in Iraq, there is no Iraq-Al Qaeda connection, and Saddam did NOT order the 9/11 attacks (well, at least Ted got one right)... since some Bush supporters believe these things it just proves how dumb they are.

Bush is a "serial liar". Bush and his followers are homophobes and prudish puritans. Education has nothing to do with intelligence (only if you agree with Ted Rall are you intelligent) unless an education statistic favors democrats. Only libs can understand the horrible cultural impact of Bush's policy (of liberating millions from despotic serial killers).

Bush supporters are not informed and don't have access to the same info city-folk do. Red states are stuck with Limbaugh and Hannity.

People in big cities "eat better, travel more, dress better, watch cooler movies, earn better salaries, meet more interesting people, listen to better music and know more about what's going on in the world." Bush supports should expect no respect from Kerry supporters.

***End Summation***

I would just like to point out that 1 in 4 NYC voters voted for Bush. If city folk are so intelligent, cultured, etc AND Bush supporters are so stupid, then why did 25% in NYC vote for Bush. The percentage is higher if you look at the entire state of NY... 4 in 10 New Yorkers voted for Bush this election. How does this jive? I understand a clear majority voted for Kerry, but just because the electoral college is all or nothing doesn't mean that the votes were all cast for one candidate. If you took 5 randomly selected New Yorkers and put them in an elevator, two of them (on average) would have voted for Bush. Two Bush supporters for every 3 Kerry supporters, yet somehow New York is a haven for everything that is good and right about America while places like Ohio are a haven for everything that is backwards, misinformed, etc.

If we look at Ohio more closely, 48.5% of Ohioans voted for Kerry... that's pretty darned close to half of Ohioans; yet all Ohioans, since we fall in a Midwestern "red" state, according to Ted Rall, are ignorant, uneducated, backwater, Jesus-freaks. If we were to put 6 randomly selected Ohioans in an elevator, on average 3 would have supported Bush and 3 would have supported Kerry (with rare exceptions). So what is my point? Ohio has a larger % voting for Kerry than New York has voting for Bush, yet Ohio - as good a representation of America's heartland as you can find - is, according to Ted Rall full of stupid dumb Bush supporters while big costal cities like New York are full of people who are better than Ohioans...

One quarter of Rall's elite New Yorkers voted for BUSH, and yet all New Yorkers are better than Ohioans despite the fact that just under half of all Ohioans voted for Kerry. The nearly half of Ohioans who did vote for Kerry do not escape Rall’s stereotype because he categorizes us as all being uneducated, unmotivated, and uncultured people because we don't live in a big costal city... Rall's stereotyping of the big costal cities versus the heartland just doesn’t make sense.

Honestly, I should just ignore Ted Rall... his sophomoric ramblings are really not worth dissecting and refuting, yet I fear if I don't point out how ridiculous his assertions are that this sort of nonsense will prevail in marketplace of ideas.

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