This cartoon isn’t exactly funny. Unless you find it hilarious that the President of the United States of America said this about people who are concerned that the rationale for the Iraq War has been proven to be a lie:
“Bush chastised me [Bob Woodward] at one point because I said people were concerned about the failure to find weapons of mass destruction. And he said, ‘Well you travel in elite circles.’ I think he feels there is an intellectual world and he’s indicated he’s not a part of it – the fancy pants intellectual world. What he calls the elite.”
I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but somehow intellectuals and people who actually have qualifications have become vilified in politics. It was pretty obvious during the 2000 election, when Gore was portrayed as some kind of dopey nerd, (who never said he invented the internet by the way), and Bush as the poor dumb good ole’ boy everybody wanted to have an O’Doul’s with. Gore still won, but the media’s constant harping on Gore being smart helped to bump his margin of victory down to a point where Nader, the Supreme Court and this cunt could steal it.
Bush et al. are in favor of fostering a culture of anti-intellectualism because people who are informed tend to not fall for their bullshit. It just happens that their definition of an intellectual or an elitist is anyone who gets information from a source other than Fox, Talk Radio, or the lyrics of a Toby Keith song. That’s a big tent that includes a lot of people I think are retarded, making me the real elitist; but even these people I look down upon are concerned that the pretext for war was so blatantly fabricated. Although they’d probably use the word ‘reason’ instead of ‘pretext,’ since they are dumb and beneath me.
All week, the phrase, ‘fancy pants elitist’ wouldn’t leave and let any other thoughts into my head. I became fixated on it like some kind of obsessive super-nerd and came up with countless ideas that didn’t work. One involved a guy at the Salvation Army who tries on a pair of sweatpants, and it turns out they were actually magical smarty pants and he walks around in these tight pink sweatpants telling everyone the war was a sham. Very stupid. Then I tried to make a super hero called the Fancy Pants Elitist, whose superpower involved occasionally reading a newspaper. They both seemed too preachy and with so little time left, the cartoon you see is the best I could come up with.
Because they can only get elected by encouraging this culture of the uninformed, they label everyone an elitist or an intellectual, even when they’re obviously not. An analogy with the Red Scare seemed like a good enough premise.
I’m a big fan of the Cold War. Mostly because I’m only 24 and the Soviet Union was never scary, thanks in part to the comic stylings of a man named Yakov (Danger: link contains explosive laughter). I found these images from the height of McCarthyism and basically just wrote the cartoon around them.
Elitism may not be popular because by definition, it’s not very inclusive, but I don’t see anything wrong with it. The “do you want to have a beer with him?” political litmus test has done more damage than picking the most elite candidate ever could. I’m not sure how many voters are aware, but there is almost a zero percent chance of you ever hanging out with the president, so stop voting like it’s going to happen. Vote for the guy who can do the job, then, when Bush is back at Failure Ranch, he might get back on the sauce and invite you over for a brewski.