Monday, July 19, 2010

Choose Wisely

You know, what with the latest addition to Sarah Palin's impressive pantheon of really fucking stupid comments -- namely her defense of just making up words as she goes -- I thought I'd dip into the archive and find something I wrote way back in September of '08, during the closing days of the presidential campaign.

With midterms approaching and the talk of the 2012 White House race already ramping up -- I think this sentiment bears repeating:

"And this is what it's come down to. They've drawn the battle lines and all that's left now is for the rest of us to choose which side we're on -- because they've seen to it that there is no middle-ground.

You're with us or you're with the idiots.

You're smart or stupid.

You either want your leaders to use their brains or you align yourself with the ones who would play the role of the dumb jocks mocking those who dare to think as being a bunch of effete wimps who can't be trusted.

You vote for great minds or for people who don't just devalue great minds but demonize them.

Sarah Palin was right about one thing last night: This is a battle for survival, but defeat doesn't mean death -- it means dumb.

I don't know about you, but I don't want the two most powerful people in the free world to be a couple of folks I'd just like to sit down and have a beer with; I want them to be fucking super heroes -- sharper, stronger and wiser than I could ever hope to be. They have the weight of the world on their shoulders; I want to never have to worry that they won't be able to carry it.

But that's my choice.

Now it's your turn.

Where do you stand?"



Anonymous said...

i wouldn't even want to sit down and have a beer with her. she'd drink it with a straw.

toastie said...

I subscribe to the Bill Maher belief that most Americans ARE stupid, and I cringe whenever a politician says, "I don't think the American people are stupid".

You see the Pew polls on Americans' basic knowledge of government and history. It's pathetic.

Obama won in 2008 because a lot of stupid people thought he could fix things. They should've been thinking, "Things are gonna really suck for the next few years; but they'll be a lot worse unless we elect this guy".

Sarah Palin doesn't amuse me anymore, if she ever did. Too many people celebrate her ignorance.

mike said...

I've always considered being a single issue voter stupid. The idea that you could support the entire Republican agenda simply because you liked to own a gun, or the entire Democrat agenda because you were pro-choice, seemed entirely shortsighted and the epitome of cutting off your nose to spite your face.

And yet, your post hits the nail on the head. This is where we've come to. Embracing intelligence, science, and thought has become my single issue. I would have never though it could be a partisan one.

Anonymous said...

I completely agreed with you when you wrote this. Now, eh, we're neck deep in the creek no matter where we stand.

Katy said...

I've spent the last ten years or so coming to grips with the reality that most people are stupid, and I bet if you account for cultural differences around the world you'll find this holds up just about anywhere. I really think I've gone through the stages of grief on this one, first denying it (1999-2000), then being angry (2001-2003), negotiating (2004 pre-election), depression (2004 post election - 2008), acceptance (2008-current). If I were more evil I'd start finding a way to capitalize on the stupid, but I'm a kind person so instead I'll settle for going through life with a smug sense of superiority. Living up to my liberal/progressive ways, I suppose.

Anonymous said...

Why is the MSM not investigating and questioning this idiot, she's told tons of lies and no one calls her out on her shit. A few brave bloggers like Andrew Sullivan, litbrit, and palingates are trying to get the facts out, but it goes no further. Someone is definitely keeping the MSM away from investigating the skeletons in her closet, someone with big money and an agenda.

namron said...

May I mis-quote Will Rogers?
"God must love poor [stupid] people because he made so many of them."

FabMax said...

I don't think that most people are stupid. I believe, however, that most people are woefully undereducated und as such not able to use their heads most of the time. They simply never learned it.