Out-dumbing the dumb left

Russ Vaughn
Yesterday, AT posted a satirical blog article by Lawrence Jones where he used humor to describe the contempt with which we stoopid conservatives are treated by Liberals, Democrats and the media. Reading it and smiling, I was reminded of an incident which illustrates how that contempt can be turned against these elites and used to advantage.

Years ago, I had a military sales manager who worked for me, a fellow from the Deep South, who was also a lieutenant commander in naval intelligence, serving in a unit of the Naval Reserves in New Orleans. Within our pharmaceutical, company, this very bright and experienced manager was responsible for government sales for the entire southeastern U.S. One morning, we made a call on a Navy procurement office in Pensacola where a civilian bureaucrat we'd not previously dealt with treated us with near contempt, as if we were a pair of uninformed morons who had no idea of what we were doing. He was clearly trying to hide behind the complexities of the military procurement system to avoid responsibility for approving the large order we sought.

I was tempted to interrupt this patronizing fool several times to tell him we were both quite experienced in military sales procedures but my guy just winked at me and kept on acting as if this were all brand new to him and this imperious bureaucrat was the font of all knowledge. His frequent "wows" and "gees" and comments like, "I didn't know that!" and "So that's how you do it, huh?" just fed the ego of this insufferable paper-pusher.

Much later, as we returned to our car in the parking lot, with a substantially larger order in hand than we had anticipated, I mentioned how difficult it had been to sit there and put up with such pretentiousness. This college-educated, naval officer just looked at me for a moment with the same hayseed expression he'd kept on his face throughout our ordeal in the bureaucrat's office, winked, grinned, waved the signed order forms at me triumphantly and said:

"Hey boss, sometimes you just gotta out-dumb 'em."

I have used that bit of folksy, southern wisdom effectively on other pompous, overbearing jerks many times since that long-ago morning. It's a philosophy that can serve us well with these elitist liberals who believe that they, and only they, know what is best for all the rest of us.

Think about those arrogant French aristocrats rolling through the streets in the rough-hewn tumbrels of the Revolution, on their way to pay the ultimate price for misunderestimating those stupid peasants; then picture if you will, Forrest Gump saying, "Stupid is as stupid does."

Yesterday, AT posted a satirical blog article by Lawrence Jones where he used humor to describe the contempt with which we stoopid conservatives are treated by Liberals, Democrats and the media. Reading it and smiling, I was reminded of an incident which illustrates how that contempt can be turned against these elites and used to advantage.

Years ago, I had a military sales manager who worked for me, a fellow from the Deep South, who was also a lieutenant commander in naval intelligence, serving in a unit of the Naval Reserves in New Orleans. Within our pharmaceutical, company, this very bright and experienced manager was responsible for government sales for the entire southeastern U.S. One morning, we made a call on a Navy procurement office in Pensacola where a civilian bureaucrat we'd not previously dealt with treated us with near contempt, as if we were a pair of uninformed morons who had no idea of what we were doing. He was clearly trying to hide behind the complexities of the military procurement system to avoid responsibility for approving the large order we sought.

I was tempted to interrupt this patronizing fool several times to tell him we were both quite experienced in military sales procedures but my guy just winked at me and kept on acting as if this were all brand new to him and this imperious bureaucrat was the font of all knowledge. His frequent "wows" and "gees" and comments like, "I didn't know that!" and "So that's how you do it, huh?" just fed the ego of this insufferable paper-pusher.

Much later, as we returned to our car in the parking lot, with a substantially larger order in hand than we had anticipated, I mentioned how difficult it had been to sit there and put up with such pretentiousness. This college-educated, naval officer just looked at me for a moment with the same hayseed expression he'd kept on his face throughout our ordeal in the bureaucrat's office, winked, grinned, waved the signed order forms at me triumphantly and said:

"Hey boss, sometimes you just gotta out-dumb 'em."

I have used that bit of folksy, southern wisdom effectively on other pompous, overbearing jerks many times since that long-ago morning. It's a philosophy that can serve us well with these elitist liberals who believe that they, and only they, know what is best for all the rest of us.

Think about those arrogant French aristocrats rolling through the streets in the rough-hewn tumbrels of the Revolution, on their way to pay the ultimate price for misunderestimating those stupid peasants; then picture if you will, Forrest Gump saying, "Stupid is as stupid does."