Are Liberals REALLY More Intelligent Than Conservatives?

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posted on Feb, 6 2012 @ 12:13 AM
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Originally posted by ownbestenemy

Originally posted by SaturnFX
The major difference is, a strong libertarian type conservative will look at the constitution and see that is the absolute pinnicle of society...that it is perfect, and nothing more should ever be added..basically our civilization peaked hundreds of years ago and all we can hope to achieve is a holding pattern for eternity.


I am not sure where you drawing this wisdom from on this premise. Care to elaborate?

Well, mostly from the fact that its always a talk about rolling back to the founders original intent verses discussing if we should collectively try something new.
Social security..lets use this as an example.
Its a damn good idea..and its an idea that came for two purposes
First, it was a semi-underhanded scam admittedly. getting a nice pension at an age that at the time was pretty high up there...sort of a reward for attaining old age in rough times.
But
It also addressed an actual problem..that being elderly people whom simply couldn't bring home a paycheck living and dying in the streets after a lifetime of blue collar working.

The concept is a good concept. it should be preserved, but the hard libertarians are suggesting it should be nuked because its not part of the constitution, nor did the founding fathers envision it..therefore, scrap it.

This to me is a holding pattern with no room for bettering our society.
The first half sentence of the preamble says it all and is overlooked by the far right
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union..."
Stop right there and contemplate
Why doesn't it say "in order to make the most perfect union ever.." or "in order to make a meh, slight improvement"..no, everything that follows is them attempting to use the wisdom and knowledge of the day to make a -more perfect- union..knowing they will still fall short and perhaps the wisdom of later generations will add and enhance for an even more perfect union.

The rollback to 1865 mindset is a mindset that not only wants to destroy any wisdom of governance we have learned from decade to decade, but arguably goes further against the original founding fathers intent...to continue working and perfecting this union.

For a liberal (not all, but I like to think the intelligent ones), its never about removing constitutional rights, its about preserving them, and adding on to continue the original movement of perfecting this endless work in progress called a nation.

-waves a flag and all that stuff-




posted on Feb, 6 2012 @ 12:16 AM
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We aren't even working with Liberal or Conservative here. We are working with ideological constructs defined by political parties. That would be Republican and Democrat. There has been no real liberal representation in the U.S. since the end of Vietnam. Some may bring up Pelosi and Obama. Pelosi voted for 80% of what Bush wanted when he was was in office during her term. That doesn't sound very liberal. Most of Obama policies are not that unlike those of Bush. So where are all these much vaunted liberals? Colleges? Which Ones? I've been to college, only met one guy who might have been liberal.

There is nothing rational about politics. If there was we wouldn't be in this mess. Everything about it is emotional. It doesn't matter who is smarter. Listen to the speeches, they are not designed to stimulate your intellect. They are designed to hit on fears or hopes. So yeah, keep stroking yourself about how smart you are because you vote for X guy. The likelihood you voted for anyone based on rational, intelligent logic is very slim. That's not an insult, that's just how humans work. Feeling trumps logic almost every time. Why even talk about intelligence when it's so obvious no one is using it?
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posted on Feb, 6 2012 @ 12:48 AM
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I wasn't even under the impression there were held beliefs about the level of intelligence between these two parties. At least when it comes to the competitive intelligence between them.

I feel like there is a same situation between gun owners and advocates opposed to those who are against guns. There are lots of educated gun advocates. One of the greatest authors of the 20th century was a HUGE advocate of guns. The admittedly eccentric Hunter S. Thompson was an owner of a variety of firearms and undoubtedly an intellectual.

Along with Jeff Cooper, who held degrees in history and political science. I think with all groups of people whether they're judged on their political views, ethnicity, or background shouldn't be judged as a whole, as it is wildly irresponsible to do such a thing.



posted on Feb, 6 2012 @ 12:49 AM
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Originally posted by antonia
There is nothing rational about politics. If there was we wouldn't be in this mess. Everything about it is emotional. It doesn't matter who is smarter. Listen to the speeches, they are not designed to stimulate your intellect. They are designed to hit on fears or hopes.


That sounds close to it!


Originally posted by antonia
The likelihood you voted for anyone based on rational, intelligent logic is very slim. That's not an insult, that's just how humans work. Feeling trumps logic almost every time.


Not all humans are conservatives you know?
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posted on Feb, 6 2012 @ 01:29 AM
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Conservatives are pro life, believes in personal responsibility, self reliance I don't see anything wrong with that.



posted on Feb, 6 2012 @ 01:30 AM
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Originally posted by HangTheTraitors
Most CONservatives proudly display that they still believe in fairy tales involving TALKING SNAKES...


...and believe in imaginary friends claiming that "god" talks to them.


Many still feel bitter that women and minorities are now allowed to vote.

Many think that everyone in the world who isnt like them should be blown up.

Many of them do not care for the environment, workers rights, fair wages and health coverage.

And, of course... EDUCATION doesn't rank too high on their list of priorities. Go figure!


Whats that tell ya about them?


Thats just the tip of the iceberg. They havent evolved much since the stone-age.
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I am a conservative, with a bachelor degree and everything you said is an absolute falsehood. I don't think ANY of those things, never have. I am in medicine, an artist, a spiritualist, and a lover of all animals and nature. Now, I don't see any of the things listed here that resemble anything you said. So that makes you look like a prejudice fool, true sign of a liberal.



posted on Feb, 6 2012 @ 01:35 AM
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Originally posted by sickofitall2012
I am a conservative, with a bachelor degree and everything you said is an absolute falsehood. I don't think ANY of those things, never have. I am in medicine, an artist, a spiritualist, and a lover of all animals and nature. Now, I don't see any of the things listed here that resemble anything you said. So that makes you look like a prejudice fool, true sign of a liberal.


I hate to point out the obvious here but he said "most."

You are not most. You are not all. You are not even some. You are just you. An intelligent person would know the difference. Conservative you say? Just keeping notes.



posted on Feb, 6 2012 @ 01:39 AM
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Keeping notes?
I am not intimidated by this, if that's what you intended.
Also, I know a lot of people, and none of them are as he described, MOST is not accurate either.
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posted on Feb, 6 2012 @ 01:41 AM
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Originally posted by SaturnFX
Well, mostly from the fact that its always a talk about rolling back to the founders original intent verses discussing if we should collectively try something new.


Now here -- no matter your political ideology is something that most can adhere to. But what happens is one group takes a statement that was made by another -- say "original intent" and skew it to their liking. This isn't what I am saying you are doing, but I am explaining what happens.

While many, including myself would argue that an adhering to the original intent would be more favorable -- it isn't a call for a static and non-modifiable document in which we cannot shape to fit the type of governance we desire as a whole.


Social security..lets use this as an example.
Its a damn good idea..and its an idea that came for two purposes
First, it was a semi-underhanded scam admittedly. getting a nice pension at an age that at the time was pretty high up there...sort of a reward for attaining old age in rough times.
But
It also addressed an actual problem..that being elderly people whom simply couldn't bring home a paycheck living and dying in the streets after a lifetime of blue collar working.


Then -- since we are on the topic of Social Security and the US Constitution -- would they not just amend the Constitution and put into place a valid function of Government?

The concept is a good concept. it should be preserved, but the hard libertarians are suggesting it should be nuked because its not part of the constitution, nor did the founding fathers envision it..therefore, scrap it.


The first half sentence of the preamble says it all and is overlooked by the far right
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union..."
Stop right there and contemplate


I will as soon as I address first what "group" are we discussing? Is it the far right? Libertarian Conservatives (whatever that is)?



Why doesn't it say "in order to make the most perfect union ever.." or "in order to make a meh, slight improvement"..no, everything that follows is them attempting to use the wisdom and knowledge of the day to make a -more perfect- union..knowing they will still fall short and perhaps the wisdom of later generations will add and enhance for an even more perfect union.


Still contemplating what you said -- but also drawing back to your example of Social Security. If you quote the Preamble and then not question why your very government made no attempt to place into the Law of the Land a valid and Constitutional function of Government; then you are being selective in just exactly how to apply the Constitution.

Which leads us back to your original premise. You led with that "original intent" is the desire that we want to forever live in the 18th century. That Government was at the height of its glory and that nothing more could ever be added and/or removed as society moved forward. Never mind missing the whole argument that adhering to the original intent would also mean adhering to the Constitutional function of the Amendment process.

Unfortunately I have to leave -- and I will finish my argument later.



posted on Feb, 6 2012 @ 02:01 AM
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I personally think liberals and conservatives are wired differently.
I also think that this wiring creates a tendencies in the thought process
and I feel I have seen enough to have a very solid opinion regarding
the core of the liberal, conservative dichotomy. In the end, when you govern,
you are only able to consider so much, understand so much, I believe this is where
the wiring takes over.

It is only when the wiring is coupled with mystical, magical ideas, that I question things.
It is not intelligence per say, it is a intentionally cultivated stupidity, because a one line
idea or slogan can do a great deal to severe critical thought, especially when considering
a thing like governing hundreds of millions of people.

Now spiritually, I am not sure why any body looks at life, existence on this Earth as one long
business transaction, this is that part that fires me up, the part that I thing is wrong and
pathetic as to the state of man kind. Why anyone should die, or go hungry due to lack of
money, money which is fake I might add, is insanity, not stupidity, insane...

Gracias



posted on Feb, 6 2012 @ 02:28 AM
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Originally posted by User8911

Originally posted by JohnnySasaki
Well my IQ is around 145 (higher than about 99.7% of the world) and I tend to favor the Republican party. However, both sides are corrupt, so I really don't even pay much attention anymore. In my opinion it's all rigged anyway.


What the hell, I got like 142, I know I'm intelligent in many fields but I would almost feel bad if I was in the 1% top...I'm canadian and I'm mostly left in my thinking.

Both sides are indeed corrupted, sadly intelligence doesn't come with ego balancing and impossible to corrupt.
Theses are things everyone should learn intelligent or less.
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Dude, I don't know about you, but I can't walk down my driveway without running into 15 retarded apes.

....so yea, top 0.3% it is. Welcome to the club. I'm surprised you don't notice it more, especially on the internet, and especially on this site. No offense to the others reading, as there are definitely some intelligent people on here, but there's also an abundance of looney tunes as well. I mean, John Lear thought there were holograms that flew into the world trade centers for god's sake, we got people who STILL don't believe we went to the moon, etc etc.

Anyway, I can't imagine what people with even higher IQ's must feel.
Must be hell.
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posted on Feb, 6 2012 @ 06:49 AM
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You have a good point. The elite have a vast head start on all of us and the propaganda machine is very intricate.



posted on Feb, 6 2012 @ 08:38 AM
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Only problem is conservatives talk a whole lot of spending, but spent just the same and then 
point their finger when they booted out of office...


No, the problem is that so many of you don't know the difference between a conservative and a republican. Bush was NOT a conservative. That is what your media told you he was but he's really a big government republican (the term neocon comes to mind). Many conservatives supported Bush because the global warming liberal Gore was a much worse prospect. 

Maybe if you understood that there isn't much difference between the average republican and democrat (Bush and Obama) then you might grasp the topic at hand. 

The two party system sucks. The reality is that we easily have 4 parties right now that 95% of the public could fit in IMO (if they knew the definitions). 

Libertarian
Liberal
Republican/democrat (one party)
Conservative



posted on Feb, 6 2012 @ 11:50 AM
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No. Both are equally unintelligent for being mentally weak enough to fall for an engineered and superficial left/right paradigm.


So anybody who relates to a certain political ideology (Conservative RP supports? Liberal Obama supporters?) is mentally weak?


Everybody (well most people) here have a position on the big issues. For instance, I happen to believe in lower taxes, smaller government, no cronyism, campaign finance reform, self-reliance, reduced government spending, an end to centralized banking, and I’m pro-life. Without any labels, this is what I believe. My beliefs just happen to fall neatly in line with the conservative ideology. By the way, that is DIFFERENT than being a republican.

Someone else may be polar opposite of me on those issues; some people may agree with some but not others. If someone feels there is an ideology that mirrors their own beliefs then they will identify with it. How does identifying with an ideology that mirrors ones personal beliefs make that person mentally weak? Is it because YOU don’t identify with an ideology? Is anyone who doesn’t think like you mentally weak? That’s a bit shallow, is it not?



posted on Feb, 6 2012 @ 03:57 PM
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Originally posted by Henley

Originally posted by technical difficulties

Originally posted by Henley
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Well I hope you feel better now that you have become angry in your posting. That's another difference between the two groups.
I could use the fact that avoided my post completely as another difference between the two groups, but I like to think that there are some conservatives out there who actually intelligent.


Point proved. The group you come from feels anger and hate if they dont agree with what you believe. It's all about you, isnt it? You cant stand the fact that others dont agree with the outlook you have on life. Why cant you believe what you want to believe and let others do the same?
And you avoid my post again. You made claims and refused to back them up not once, but twice now.


There are many intelligent people in both groups. Why attack? You are one of those that cant allow others to have opinions.
You do realize that you posted a chain letter basically saying how much better republicans supposedly were than democrats right? Followed by a quote insulting liberals? Then followed by another reply with another quote doing the same exact thing?



This wasnt a hateful board, until you came along.


See above. This sounds like projection to me. Also, there was hate on this board long before I came along. Well I hope you feel better now that you have become angry in your posting.
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