With the war in Israel and recent ISIS massacres, my social media accounts have been overwhelmed with elitist moral relativism. These days, it seems like in popular culture you can only be considered “intelligent” if you are willing to throw out every traditional value and speak totally contrary to common sense.
The intellectual elitist seeks to be be contrarian in the face of valid arguments, no matter what the argument may be. The intellectual elitist values words and emotions over deeds. The intellectual elitist (IE) believes their words equal a kind of superior benevolence to the poor and disenfranchised.
Between the traditional media and the monopoly of liberalism in academia, it seems the intellectual elitists have become bolder than ever.
You may be one of them. To help you decide, I've compiled a list of 11 signs you might be an IE.
You may be an intellectual elitist:
1. If you believe Christian aggression 1,000 years ago during the Crusades is a valid reason for modern Muslim aggression and beheadings.
I was recently involved in a Facebook discussion about the difference in philosophies between the two religions, and was somewhat flabbergasted to run across this statement: “While some [Muslims] in certain parts of the world are violent, Christians, at least the American ones, are verbally just as violent but unwilling to recognize how they injure people with their words.” Seriously, these were actual words that someone actually formed in their actual mind and then actually typed them on their actual computer. Actually. I suggested we ask journalist James Foley's parents which type of “violence” they would have preferred their son to suffer. I'm still waiting on an answer.
2. If you bemoan the rise of the military industrial complex and NSA spying on citizens, while at the same time voting for politicians who favor maximum government intervention in our day-to-day lives.
IEs don't ever seem to recognize that government is government, period. The military is government. The NSA is government. Want less government? Stop voting for more government!
3. If you consistently rage against the evils of coal and oil, then drive your electric car home and plug it into a socket powered by a plant that runs on...coal and oil.
We call this cognitive dissonance. But hey, if you can feel good without actually making a difference of any kind - you're definitely an IE.
4. If you think illegal immigrant children from all over the world should be educated in our public education system at the cost of the taxpayer, but think a black woman who lies about her street address to get her son into a better public school in the suburbs is a criminal.
I recently reported on the case of a black woman in Connecticut who is now serving time for “stealing” up to $15,000 in educational services, all because she used her babysitter's suburban address to help her son escape from the failing inner city public school he had been condemned to. IEs abhor school choice. A mother desperate to escape inner city public schools is a criminal for switching districts, but an illegal immigrant from halfway across the world is entitled to a public education.
5. If you think a ban on aborting babies after the 8th month is unjust but insist on banning plastic bags, e-cigarettes, black cars (something that has been attempted multiple times in California), crosses in public, Bibles in school, fireworks, transfats, sugar, fast food restaurants...you get the drift.
6. If you think making people pay for their own birth control constitutes a “war on women,” but female genital mutilation is a “cultural marker.”
Another very common case of moral relativism. Hobby Lobby wants employees to pay for just 4 out of 20 types of birth control and they are the biggest fascists of the 21st century. Meanwhile, it's radio silence on barbaric practices against women on other continents because we shouldn't be imposing our American cultural norms on them...or something.
7. Similarly, if you don't want the government in your vagina but want the government to pay for what goes in your vagina.
8. If you regularly use the terms “cisgender” or “heteronormative.”
Oh, you don't know what “cisgender” means? Wikipedia defines it thus: Cisgender and cissexual (often abbreviated to simply cis) describe related types of gender identity where individuals' experiences of their own gender match the sex they were assigned at birth.
....which brings us to:
9. If you use a whole bunch of words to define something that has been simply defined since the beginning of time by all cultures everywhere at all times...forever. Boy, girl, man, woman - see...easy peezy and everyone knows what you're talking about. IEs always need to complicate the simple and simplify the complicated.
10. If you believe requiring an ID to vote is racist but it is not racist to require an ID to: buy a gun, cash a check, buy alcohol, buy cigarettes, attend a townhall meeting with your representative, enter the White House, go to a club, get on an airplane, drive a car, buy a car, insure a car, fill a prescription, buy cold medicine, open a bank account, register for school, get a library card...again, you get the drift.
11. If you are so far removed from the horrors of slavery and the '60s civil rights movement that you equate “microagression” with being ripped apart by dogs and fire hoses because you drank out of the wrong water fountain or sat in the wrong seat on a bus.
Are you worried you may be an Intellectual Elitist? Some steps you can take toward recovery - head straight out and buy a six-pack of Budweiser, drink it while watching an “Archie Bunker” marathon and be sure to bookmark IJReview.com for the best in anti-traditional media, anti-elitist stories.
—-Kira Davis is a freelance blogger and op-ed contributor to IJReview. She has interviewed President Obama and appeared on “The Glenn Beck Show”, “The Dr.Phil Show” and Fox News. Kira is a dog person but she owns a cat anyway. Follow her on Twitter @KiraAynDavis