My Grandfather was a bomber pilot in WWII. He flew B-24’s out of IndoChina somewhere and bombed Japanese targets for 20 some missions before the war ended.
His favorite saying was “If you’re taking flak, it means you’re over the target!”
What he meant by it was that when your adversary complains the loudest, and fights back the hardest, it means that you’ve come the closest to their weakness or soft spot. I’ve always thought that the leftist tendency to claim educational and intellectual superiority was due to the fact that they know, deep down inside the darkest reaches of their souls, that they have neither.
Criticize an academic someday about his lack of real-world experience and see what I mean.