The Left has advanced its agenda in America for many reasons. Their campaign of division, splitting Americans into groups based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and class has been extremely successful. So have their willingness to lie, and to smear political opponents. Those two tactics are not the only ones the Left uses however. Their is ignorance, specifically voter ignorance too.
John at Conservative Hideout has a great post about the damage uninformed voters cause
The greatest threat to our liberties is not the average politician. The greatest threat to our liberties is the ignorant voter; the voter who doesn’t take the time to do their homework in regards to the issues. These are voters who vote by name recognition or by party affiliation. These are voters who check the party box on the ballot. These are voters who have a myopic view of America and continuously spew the talking points of the politician they support even if it’s factually wrong. They are the Kool-Aid drinkers and part of the rainbows and unicorns crowd. They believe the lie before the truth and claim the truth is a lie. They feel and vote based on emotions rather than facts. They put as much thought into the politician they support as the last minute Christmas shopper puts into the gift they’re buying before the stores close; they settle for what’s left on the shelves. Each of us has had our own experience with people like this. They think they know more than they actually do. And this is the kind of voter the left needs to advance their agenda.
George Washington believed that intelligent voters was a key in retaining our republic. He was absolutely right. I have come to believe that one of the biggest reasons the Left pushes so hard for a “right” to a college education is to have more time to indoctrinate, or dumb down our youth. This is also the same reason they push for mandatory pre-school, and sell the “it takes a village” line of thought. The fact is the Left realizes that voters who are indoctrinated from ages four, or less, until their early twenties are more easily led to vote for the emotionalistic rhetoric of the Left. Just as those who believe that their entire identity revolves around gender, skin color, or sexual orientation are more likely to vote for Leftist candidates. John at Conservative Hideout illustrates this truth
The ignorant voter will buy into the misleading campaign ads the left is throwing out there. They won’t take the time to do the research because they get ensnared in the emotional narrative the left lays out for them. And the left is counting on these voters this November. Without them and their ignorance they cannot win. With them, they have plenty of fuel to propel them to victory. The only way the left has a chance this November is to divert our attention away from the issues that matter. They have been attempting to do this with class warfare, the war on women, and Romney’s tax returns. As misguided as the left is they are passionate creatures who believe in their cause. They believe the ends justify the means and will sink to extraordinary lows to attack an opponent or change the national discussion from the issues that really matter. The latest anti-Romney ad that claims Romney’s actions while he was at Bain Capital indirectly led to the death of a woman who lost her health insurance when her husband was laid–off is absolutely heart-wrenching. The problem is it’s extremely misleading; but this doesn’t matter to the Kool-Aid drinkers; they are emotional and are moved by the misleading story. The misleading story strikes a chord with them. This kind of campaign ad is designed to target ignorant voters because the left knows the ignorant voter will not do the research or will ignore the facts when they are presented to them. It’s designed to plant the seeds of doubt about Romney and depict him as an uncaring rich guy who doesn’t give a crap about the average American. So what can we do counter this?
Excellent piece, go read it all. John lays out some good ideas for countering the Left.