Verbal Ju-Jitsu: Fight Elitists with… Ignorance

Getting Started

Barack Obama said something today that I think is beautiful from a framing perspective:

I mean it’s like these guys take pride in ignorance! It’s like they like being ignorant.

(hat tip to ruff4life at the Great Orange Satan)

I believe this is the counter frame to the Elitist Democrat.

Nobody wants to be ignorant, and depending on leaders who are proud of their ignorance and demand ignorance from their followers cannot be good for the running of a country.

Ignorance is simply not good public policy.

Stepping it up

Republicans depend on Ignorance, manufacture ignorance, and demonstrate ignorance in running this country.

They want us to be totally ignorant as to world events.

They want us to hate without any reason, it makes it easier to invade foreign countries to plunder their natural resources if we are ignorant of the culture and our actual foreign policy.

Republicans are proud of their ignorance. They don’t care if they are doing the wrong thing or not because they simply don’t know – don’t know, don’t care.

I’m going with my gut!

“I looked into Putin’s eyes and saw his soul.”

The bible tells me there were no dinosaurs.

Bringing it home

Over and over, ignorance – not just ignorance, but pride in that ignorance.

Republicans want you to be ignorant.

They want you to vote for a tool candidate.

They are afraid of knowledge and intellectual challenge.

I think we need a smart president and smart policies.

We don’t need ignorant high school drama posing as public policy.

Nobody wants to be ignorant.

Call them ignorant, demonstrate their ignorance, call them on thier pride of being ignorant.

I think it’s beautiful.

It plays into so much of the right’s ideology.


Republicans are:

Proud to know nothing about the world in which we illegally invade other countries.

Proud to hate other cultures of which they’re totally ignorant.

Proud to put thier head in the sand and ignore science.

Proud to be uninformed and apathetic.

I believe this is a great refutation of the elitist charge.

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    • k9disc on August 5, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Posting in ‘Philosophy’ is not a good fit…

  1. we frame the debate around McShame’s ignorance?  I think that’s what you mean.  We certainly can’t call GOP voters ignorant (although they are)–you said it yourself:

    Nobody wants to be ignorant

    McScum, however, repeatedly shows his ignorance: of the difference between Sunni and Shia, of world geography (Iraq & Pakistan do not share a common border), of economics…oh, the list is endless.

    So I’m with you 100%.  Unfortunately, the Obama camp seems determined to take the high road…just like Kerry did….

    Frankly, I’m frightened and dismayed.

    • k9disc on August 6, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Ignorant is not a name, it’s a state of mind.

      1. I’m not calling them a name, I’m saying they don’t know what they’re talking about, big difference.

      2. If they are defending their ignorance it’s feeding our frame.

    Also, as I offered in my other comment, it’s a frame change.

    It’s not elite and regular, it’s ignorant and knowledgeable.

    God knows we need a little knowledge in our political discourse.

    Elitist Frame

    Elitist is more than just a meme, it’s a frame.

    Elitists are better than you.

    They think they’re better than you.

    They say things that you don’t understand to make you feel small.

    Don’t listen to what they say.

    Ignorance Frame

    Ignorance is more than a name, or a meme, it’s a frame.

    Ignorance comes from lack of information.

    People who want you to be ignorant are going to take advantage of you.

    If you don’t want to be taken advantage of, seek out more information, take in all the arguments.

    When you have all the information you can make informed decisions and protect yourself from being taken advantage of.

    Hastily crafted, but I still have to take the dogs out…



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