There are many ways that you can make yourself feel smarter.
One way is to gather a gaggle of servile sycophants around a big table and invite them all to pour effusive praise upon you. Yesterday Donald Trump modeled that approach with his stable of servile sycophants.
The best (or worst) was class suck-up Reince Priebus who talked about what a “blessing” it was to work with Trump. (I suspect right about now we can probably all remember a Reince Priebus from our grammar school classroom. He was the one who polished an apple every morning for the teacher.) Little better was Mike Pence talking about how working with Trump was the “greatest privilege of [his] life.” At least he didn’t invoke Trump’s “broad shoulders” this time around. (Pence has gushed about Trump’s “broad shoulders” at least 12 times now. Oh well, better broad shoulders than tiny hands, I guess.)
I digress! The fact is that not many of us have a stable of servile sycophants to draw upon. (Over the years I’ve tried to prepare my wife and daughter for the task but to no avail.) So how can the rest of us make ourselves feel smarter?
Simple. All you need is this quote attributed to philosopher Roger Scruton:
"The greatest enemy of the Left is reality"
— Roger Scruton Quotes (@Scruton_Quotes) June 11, 2017
All you need to do is swap out “the Left” with whatever you prefer: “the Right,” “Christians,” “atheists,” “soccer fans,” “socialists,” “feminists,” “teenagers,” “old people,” or whatever.
Now once you have your chosen outgroup, repeat the mantra until you feel good about yourself.
Like this person:
That is really true!! Excellent quote.
— Lady Patriot (@lynn_weiser) June 12, 2017