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To understand a number of curious modern events, we need to understand a primary and driving force behind modern liberalism.

They are smarter than you.

Those on the left believe this so instinctively they never question the premise. It, however, is a driving motivation for much of what we see and experience daily.

There is not enough space here to explain where and when this attitude originated, but if you ever talk to a student at an elite school, you will know immediately what this superior attitude looks and sounds like.

How do we explain the gut-level hatred of Trump? Part of it comes from the unquestioned assumption they are smarter than him. Liberals, from high school students to the grizzled old apologists, know without doubt they are smarter than the president. Hillary Clinton, her campaign staff and most of her supporters knew they were all smarter than Trump.

How could they lose to such an imbecile? They couldn’t. That would be impossible. Maybe he cheated. But it all comes down to this: His supporters are not smart. A stupid man fooled even more stupid voters and created such a hole in the correct nature of reality draconian methods are justified to correct the aberration.

When Trump tweeted about “patriotic Americans” loving NASCAR, the enlightened elites went into seizures. Their emotional outrage at such pronouncements is so profound they can’t see beyond their own perceived superiority enough to realize it is they who are being played, not the “deplorables.”

If powerful liberals push a program (it really doesn’t matter what it is) and you disagree, then you have just proven you’re not very bright. If you continue to disagree, then you must be in one of four states: 1) you are too dumb to understand the logic, 2) you might be marginally smart, but you don’t understand the nuances that are obvious to the enlightened, 3) being rather dull-minded and impressionable, you have been swept up in the propaganda created by rich men, big businesses and other evil forces, or 4) you are simply unethical, probably a hater and most likely evil.

Being smarter than everyone else does have its downside. It is not necessary, for example, for the enlightened to understand dumb people, but the majority of people are necessarily not as smart as they and are therefore dumb. This leads to cultural isolation with safaris out into the world on election years, when a wet finger is put into the wind to judge the attitude of the natives and to create a focus for the campaign. It is beyond comprehension that the unenlightened natives will ever discover this is political theater and will not affect what is actually done in the halls of power, where they can fulfill their true function of taking care of the rest of us.

It can be irritating, but it is actually to our advantage for liberals to continue to believe they are smarter than everyone else.

Dennis Clayson is a marketing professor at the University of Northern Iowa. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not reflect those of the University of Northern Iowa.


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