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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Keillor on Palin and the GOP

Garrison Keillor has a great piece called "Forget the past - it's only history" (passed along by Mike Finnigan). Read the whole thing, but here's a taste:

McCain has decided to run as a former POW and a maverick, a maverick's maverick, rather than Bush's best friend, and that's understandable, but how can he not address the $3 trillion that got burned up in Iraq so far? It's real money, it could've paid for a lot of windmills, a high-speed rail line in Ohio, some serious R&D. The Chinese, who have avoided foreign wars for 50 years, are taking enormous leaps forward, investing in their economy, and we are falling behind. We're wasting our chances. The Republican culture of corruption in Washington hasn't helped.

And a former mayor of a town of 7,000 who hired a lobbyist to get $26 million in federal earmarks is now running against the old-boy network in Washington who gave her that money to build the teen rec center and other good things so she could keep taxes low in Wasilla. Stunning. And if you question her qualifications to be the leader of the free world, you are an elitist. This is a beautiful maneuver. I wish I had thought of it back in school when I was forced to subject myself to a final exam in higher algebra. I could have told Miss Mortenson, "I am a Christian and when you gave me a D, you only showed your contempt for the Lord and for the godly hard-working people from whom I have sprung, you elitist battleaxe you."

In school, you couldn't get away with that garbage because the taxpayers know that if we don't uphold scholastic standards, we will wind up driving on badly designed bridges and go in for a tonsillectomy and come out missing our left lung, so we flunk the losers lest they gain power and hurt us, but in politics we bring forth phonies and love them to death.

Well, at least some people and one party in particular does. It's as if the GOP said, "Ya know, that George Bush wasn't qualified, either, and he turned out great!"

(Cross-posted at The Blue Herald)


Anonymous said...

How long do Americans think that we can be anti-intellectual before it catches up to us?

Or has it already?

Batocchio said...

DCup, I could talk about that one for a long time - and have - but hey, that's what elitists do!

And I'm thinking part of the problem is that anti-intellectuals don't think at all too much... ;-)

Comrade Kevin said...

I think the problem is that we're hardly ever think of the common good, or for that matter, the communal good. It's all about someone who looks or sounds just like us or how we think we'd like to be.

I, I, me, me, mine, mine

Let's not be that selfish, please.