I disagree with syndicated writer Cal Thomas on a number of issues, but I read him all the time. His writing is smart enough that he frequently forces me to revisit my perspectives on different issues.
He recently wrote a charming article about his fondness for Texas.
Good for him. I have been there on many occasions, and enjoyed myself each time. Texas is a nice place with nice people. Smart people.
Thomas couldn’t just leave it at that though. Nope, he had to turn it into yet another article about cultural and media snobs. Seriously, he used the phrase “cultural and media snobs” in the very first sentence of the article.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Cal, you ARE the media. And you are a cultural snob.
In your humble opinion, media-types are painting Texas, or more accurately ‘Texans’ as stupid.
No, Cal, we do not think Texans are stupid. We think the governors they elect are stupid.
Governors George W. Bush and Rick Perry do not exactly push the limits of the IQ-meter, if you know what I mean.
I don’t know all the candidates who ran against Bush and Perry, some may have been Rhodes Scholars, but we do know who won: Bush and Perry.
That Texans elected Bush and Perry does not reflect well on Texas.
Texas tends to elect those who were never really good at science, and don’t trust science. They don’t trust any of the ‘intellectual elite.’
They are just genuinely uncomfortable with smart people.
I don’t care if Texans ‘talk funny’ (to use Cal Thomas’s words). People can be plenty dumb without talking funny. Some very smart people ‘talk funny’ on purpose to put on a naïve façade.
It is ignorant to assume someone is stupid based on an accent. On this point Cal and I agree.
I don’t care if some Texans talk funny. I do care if Texans, or anybody, ‘thinks funny.’
To declare scientists as agenda-driven is ‘thinking funny.’
Just because you did poorly in high school science doesn’t mean you must deny the significance of scientific discoveries or, worse yet, imply scientists have some liberal bent. That is just idiocy.
To know scientists is to know this immutable fact: Scientist are first-degree geeks. Geeks are always in search of some new discovery. If any geek/scientist can prove climate change is a ‘hoax’ he will shout it from the rooftops. We are still waiting for this…
But back to our Texas governors…
My feelings toward ‘W’ are well documented. He is nice but not a smart guy, and not a leader in any sense. It took him five-plus years to figure that Dick Cheney was the source of all of his problems. To ‘W’s’ credit, once he figured it out he marginalized Cheney, excluding him from any serious decision-making.
So ‘W’ has the capacity to learn, but was not naturally smart enough to sense that Cheney had been pulling him around by the nose.
Rick Perry is, to a clichéd extent, a tall-walkin’ big-talkin’ Texan. More than once he said Texas should secede from the United States. That doesn’t seem very bright to me, and it sure isn’t patriotic, but it sells well in Texas.
Sorry Cal. Many Texans are very bright, but not ‘W,’ and not Rick Perry