It has long been discussed, when talking about public figures “is this malice or stupidity?”
I remember the previous administration inciting this question, and I don’t remember that it was ever resolved.
Post 2016, having observed both the transparent malice and rampant stupidity of public figures (mostly, but not all, on the left) as well as the way they think that stupid malice or malicious stupidity are attractive, has led me to formulate a new axiom, which I first stated inverted, but RES suggested it this way, and it seems to be more fitting: sufficiently advanced malice is indistinguishable from stupidity.
Let’s take the case of our former president. For reasons that a child psychiatrist should have made sense of long before the man came of age, he hated and resented America, the (white) grandparents who raised him, the mother who didn’t desert him, and in fact everyone and everything connected to America, to the point of not liking very much the pomp and ceremony associated with our flag, and refusing to show it any kind of respect.
Look, it’s not even that hard to understand. Boys want their fathers, and if the father is absent they tend to idolize them. For Mr. Obama, this led him to idolize Africa and socialism as well. (His mother likely contributed to this, as did his grandparents who were, already, themselves, red diaper babies.)
This means that he hated America both for ideological reasons and reasons of history.
Which means that he did stupid things, like go on the apology tour, or try to bring the US economy down in the full belief that this would cause the rest of the world to be better off.
This is because hatred makes you stupid. You can’t help it.
Just like love makes you see everyone and everything related to your love in a golden light, and think that you share far more than you do with your chosen mate, hatred makes you think anyone relating to the thing you hate is tainted and needs to be ended.
Mr. Obama hated us, and everything about America from free trade to the Constitution must be wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong, and to be destroyed.
Which was stupid, because he owed everything he was to America, and could survive nowhere else. And also because people aren’t completely stupid, and despite the treacherous media, and his hidden organizations, America eventually caught on.
In the same way, Occasional Cortex might not be as stupid as she sounds. It’s just that she was raised expecting to automagically succeed.
I can tell you that, because she is, give or take, my kids’ age, and no young woman, let alone a MINORITY young woman ever got called on their sh*t be it academic lack of effort, or bullying classmates and generally making themselves pains.
No, every girl and young woman, particularly minority ones, got given what used to be called a gentleman’s A, now surely a lady’s A, and told they were a bright shining star and the world would be astounded at their brilliance.
And then they hit the cold cruel world. What we know about Ms. Very Occasional Cortex, is that she had a rather undistinguished working career, from bartending to trying to start her own business and flopping.
Of course she’s convinced — trust me, as someone of a similar sex and race background, I got told this every time I failed by one or more helpful people. “Helpful.” — that this is the fault of racism and sexism and capitalism.
And she hates them. She hates them, my precious. She hates them and that awful place called America.
Which means it makes the Green New Deal (green nude heel) fatally attractive to her.
Sure, it’s obvious that she can’t do arithmetic except in the sense that two plus two equals coconut. And she can’t figure out how economics works. That you can blame on her schooling.
Mostly though, she is blinded by hate of the “cruel” system that didn’t treat her with the respect she’d like to be entitled to. So blinded that even had her comprehension of science and economics been greater than zero, she would still embrace the Green Nude Heel. Because it must be true. It must work. It must.
Like Mr. Obama, wanting to fundamentally
destroy transform America, she seized the boogeyman she was threatened with all through schooling (my kids were): Global Warming.
With this boogey man she can convince people to fall in line, stop all this unfair striving and succeeding people do without permission, and thereby become “the boss” and dictate what everyone gets to have. And of course, the system will be caring and compassionate even to those unwilling to work.
Her malice makes her so stupid that she states these things out loud, while her confederates have only whispered them behind closed doors.
Is she stupid?
Oh, dear, with either of my examples, if they were as stupid as they seem to be, it would be doubtful if they could walk and chew gum at the same time. Mostly they’re malicious: full of anger and hatred to America and all Americans. And this makes them stupid.
As stupid as Hillary Clinton when she decided that calling us “deplorables” would make us vote for her. Who even thinks like that?
So, sufficient malice causes people to be stupid.
Do not let yourself be blinded by hatred. It’s all right to hate the ideology, but try not to hate those who spout it. Instead, try to understand.
Because one stupid faction is enough for a century or two.
And the stupid don’t tend to survive.