One of the issues I've always had with much of the right wing is their utter lack of respect for the educated. On the right, we recently had a bunch of bozos claiming the pollsters were all skewing things in favor of Democrats, pulling around the naive and trusting by the nose. In the end, it turned out that the statistics geeks were, if anything, skewing things in favor of Romney. On the right, we have attacks on those scientists who believe in manmade global warming as corrupt, frauds, or hungry for government grants. On the right, we have seen attacks on educators, social scientists, journalists, evolutionary scientists, artists, and so on. Who are these ignorant dopes who attack the educated, and why do they have so much power? Sometimes they are truck drivers, sometimes they are slumlords, sometimes they push miracle cures, but mostly they are people in my opinion who get information fed to them by talk radio and tv. To a large degree, they are not readers (which is vastly the most efficient way to learn) and they are not worldly in their opinions. They mostly live in like minded communities, clinging to their Bibles and guns, living in irrational fear of that which they refuse to grasp with intelligence -- gays, Muslims, blacks, Hispanics, feminists, liberals, and of course the educated, those who are smarter than them who have always shaped our nation, making it more inclusive, safer, stronger, more dynamic, more free, and more sophisticated. Their fear of the educated forces them to embrace simplicity -- two word phrases, many of which are nearly meaningless -- smaller government, family values, lower taxes, deficit reduction, accountability, trickle-down, saving Medicare (meaning to cut Medicare). Even monkeys can handle three phrases, but not a lot of Republicans apparently. Their views are fine if they want to live in their simple world surrounded by yes-men, but when they enter the real world, very few of their ideas win the popular imagination. For one, they have almost no ideas. They have no significant accomplishments in history, whether we're talking about the economy, the military, or other parts of our society. They are the ones who want to drag our culture back to an era that never existed based on idea rooted in old family traditions and values passed on by grandma in her 90th year rather than put faith in the great thinkers of the age.