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Assemblyman Chuck DeVore represents 450,000 residents of Orange County California’s 70th Assembly District.. He served as a Reagan White House appointee in the Pentagon from 1986 to 1988 and was Senior Assistant to Cong. Chris Cox. He is a lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard. Chuck’s novel, CHINA ATTACKS, sells internationally and has been translated into Chinese for sales in Taiwan. [go to DeVore index]

Liberal IQ vs. Conservative Commonsense
Liberals are smarter than the rest of us

[Chuck DeVore] 10/26/04

Liberals have an overpowering need to declare their intelligence, not only over their Republican opponents, but over the benighted masses clearly in need of enlightened leadership. We’ve all heard it in this election cycle: Sen. Kerry is smart, President Bush is not. This compelling drive stems from the liberals’ elitist beliefs. After all, when you are the philosophical descendant of the divine right of kings, you must claim some rationale to deny freedom to us peasants.

Now, we are treated to a New York Times piece (Secret Weapon for Bush? October 24, 2004 – see excerpts in italics below) that turns liberal conventional “wisdom” on its head: at age 22, George W. Bush was smarter than John F. Kerry based on military officer qualification tests taken by the two men preparing to enter military service.

To Bush-bashers, it may be the most infuriating revelation yet from the military records of the two presidential candidates: the young George W. Bush probably had a higher I.Q. than did the young John Kerry.

Why are we shocked to learn that a man who graduated from Yale, learned to fly supersonic jet fighters, and went on to earn his MBA from Harvard Business School might possibly be intelligent?

Mr. Bush's score on the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test at age 22 again suggests that his I.Q was the mid-120's, putting Mr. Bush in about the 95th percentile of the population, according to Mr. Sailer. Mr. Kerry's I.Q. was about 120, in the 91st percentile, according to Mr. Sailer's extrapolation of his score at age 22 on the Navy Officer Qualification Test.

Liberals need to think they’re smarter than the rest of us because it justifies their intense desire to run our lives. Thus, claiming President Bush is a dunce justifies the election of a smarter Senator Kerry. Fortunately, Americans seem to have a natural sense that warns them about politicians who claim superior intellect as justification to manage everything in America from welfare to healthcare to childcare.

Linda Gottfredson, an I.Q. expert at the University of Delaware, called it a creditable analysis said she was not surprised at the results or that so many people had assumed that Mr. Kerry was smarter. "People will often be misled into thinking someone is brighter if he says something complicated they can't understand…"

In 1978, George W. Bush ran for Congress and lost against a populist Texas Democrat who ridiculed Bush’s twin Ivy League degrees. Some observers have said that Mr. Bush resolved to never again be “outdumbed.” Perhaps the real lesson the President learned is that people want assurance that a politician does not feel compelled to take away liberty in exchange for the illusory safety of the all-powerful state run by elitist know-it-alls. tRO

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