|Palin the expert
||[Sep. 21st, 2008|09:45 am]
The vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, seems to have hidden talents - a huge section of her education seems to have been kept quiet. She is happy for creationism to be taught in schools. This means that she must have a deep and profound understanding of the philosophy of science, educational theory, and the nature of reason. She feels confident enough to put forward statements about the origin of global warming (she is skeptical about it being partly or mainly of human origin). I assume, to make such public statements in a position as VP candidate, she must have written some review of the topic somewhere, illustrating her understanding of thermodynamics and statistical ensemble simulations. And yet, I can find no evidence of such learned publications?|
The alternative surely can't be true - that she is speaking from a position of arrogant ignorance? I mean, surely, McCain can't be cynical enough to position someone like that a heartbeat away from the most powerful position in the world just to get elected, could he? I do hope not, as that is very scary.
The alternative surely can't be true - that she is speaking from a position of arrogant ignorance?
Why are the ignorantly arrogant so popular in the U.S., when in almost every other country they're laughed out of town? There's gotta be a Ph.D. in that question, Steve.
2008-09-21 12:58 pm (UTC)
I Think A Better Question Is.
Why Are People So Damned Proud Of Their Ignorance? Ignorance Is Bliss?
Why Are They So Proud Of Being Intellectually Lazy? They Don't Know It?
The Sad Fact Is That The Ignorant, Lazy, Religious Right Loves To Wallow Around In Their Self Indulgence; Telling Others How To Properly Behave; All Whilst Happily Gobbling Up All The Sound Bytes From The Very Conservative Press And Personal Religious Institution. IE: Fox, Rush, O'Reilly, Etc. It's True, These Simpletons Really Do Stick To Their Guns And Religion.
It's Amazing How Many People Still Believe The Lies About Baracks' Birthplace, Religious Beliefs, Personal Beliefs, Political Policies, Etc.
It's Simply That They Want It All Given To Them On A Platter Where They Can Pick And Choose What They Want To Hear. Basically, At The End Of The Day They Are Pleased To Make That Un/Under Informed Decision. That Way, When McCain Gets In And It Goes To Shit, They Can Claim That They Were Misled And Didn't Know That That Was What They Were Voting For.
Just Like Our Current Administration. I've Seen It Written, "The Way They Campaign Is A Sure Sign To How They Will Govern."
61 Lies So Far, Do We Want That For Four/Eight/Twelve/SIX-TEEN More Years!?
2008-09-21 12:59 pm (UTC)
Forgot To Sign.
2008-09-21 04:55 pm (UTC)
Bleugh – the lauding of intellectual mediocrity in American politics :-( This Palin situation is deeply concerning.
Why are the ignorantly arrogant so popular in the U.S., when in almost every other country they're laughed out of town?
To be 100% fair, I can understand the desire to have people in positions of authority who are at least aware of issues of common public concern so that they can represent their constituents/voters. However, there is obviously more than this rational consideration at work.
Personally I suspect this whole ‘I want the president to be someone I can have a beer with, someone normal’ thinking is simply related to the whole ‘Anyone can be President’ canard that they seem to swallow.
For is someone has to be (by definition) out of the ordinary then there is that charming little fantasy out of the window isn’t it?
2008-09-21 05:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Arrogant Ignorance
I can understand it a bit too. People want a president who understand the issues they have to deal with in their daily lives. The problem is when they think that someone who is far more educated and experienced that them in intellectual matters isn't capable of that.
2008-09-22 09:35 am (UTC)
Re: Arrogant Ignorance
"Personally I suspect this whole ‘I want the president to be someone I can have a beer with, someone normal’ thinking is simply related to the whole ‘Anyone can be President’ canard that they seem to swallow".
Heh, I just did a rant on my blog on that very topic. :P
2008-09-21 05:36 pm (UTC)
I don't drink beer...
...so I'd settle for having a cup of coffee with a presidential candidate. And I'd expect them to engage me in conversation of such a nature that it left me awestruck by how much more competent they obviously were than myself to fill such a governmental position.
I don't want someone just like me to be a world leader, I want someone a hell of a lot smarter.
Confidence can be both sexy and reassuring. A person who looks like they're in control is attractive, and they give the people permission not to worry about very real problems that need innovative, long term solutions. Preachers and politicians reduce the complexity of the world to the point that it fits in a tiny ideological box, small enough to be easily dealt with using a handful of platitudes.
And the good folks joyfully swallow every bit of that simplified nonsense. No worries!
Do you know, when she was mayor she authorised charging rape victims for the medical examination they got after their ordeal.
2008-09-25 02:23 pm (UTC)
Almost totally off-topic
Elder daughter has been asked to go to Ohio by NARAL to campaign for Obama.
Swells with fatherly pride.
(But looks at shrinking bank account because I am paying for the flight)
2008-09-25 04:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Almost totally off-topic
That is wonderful. It seems like McCain is doing a good job of wrecking his own campaign right now, but anything that can help an Obama victory....
2008-10-03 08:56 pm (UTC)
Steve discovers sarcasm?
Palin's academic record is abysmal. She attended various junior colleges in the major of "general studies", before attending a host of 5th rate academic institutions. She has no knowledge of how the processes work which she readily dismisses. Besides dismissal is convenient.
She is a really an idiot, perhaps worse than George W. himself. She is inarticulate and clumsy in her use of the English language, she spoke as if she was someone who didn't understand the issues, but was doing her best to read off the 3x5 index cards her handler had prepared.