A conservative is either stupid — too dumb to know the right answer — and even worse, if they actually know the right answer, then they’re evil. They want people to suffer. I suppose I feel mildly complimented in that they have recently invented a third category, which is crazy. It’s the alternative to stupid or evil. And now crazy is the third one, because it seems inconceivable that there could be Americans who believe in free-market principles and believe in the Constitution and are working to defend them.
13 August 2013
Stupid, Evil or Crazy?
Time magazine profiles Sen. Cruz of Texas this week, highlighting the freshman Republican's lament that "there is a tendency to describe conservatives as one of two things: stupid or evil." He later thinks of a third option, "crazy," and flatters himself by supposing that liberals coined that label to describe him personally, forgetting that almost fifty years ago, Democrats said of Barry Goldwater, "In your guts you know he's nuts." An online version of the interview upon which Alex Altman based the profile allows Cruz to address this point at greater length.