H.L.Mencken once wrote:
"....As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." (Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920)
Of course, in November 2000 our country demonstrated exactly how astute an observation Mencken had made.
Now, is it any surprise that the Republican base loves Sarah Palin for high office?
Let's list some of her qualities:
Pathological liar/Adept at doublespeak? CHECK
Abuser of power? CHECK
Pork barrel spending hypocrite? CHECK
Family Values Hypocrite? CHECK (Despicably so---Carry a special needs child to term but get back to furthering one's own career starting 3 days later; Use said child and pregnant underage daughter as convenient props to further one's fundamentalist agenda and career, but plead privacy when convenient....)
Sense of divine entitlement? CHECK
Sense of infallibility that usually accompanies religious fundamentalism? CHECK
Will ban books she doesn't agree with? CHECK
Persecution complex? ("The media is out to get me by telling the truth about me!") CHECK
Shallow and opportunistic? CHECK
Viciously combative? CHECK
In denial about all of the above? CHECK
Likes to kill other living creatures for fun and relaxation? CHECK.
Highly educated/well traveled/erudite/well experienced/appreciation of other countries and cultures etc etc. NO. NO CHECK THERE.
So, of course republicans love her. They want to keep the highest levels of office in their own image. No change there. And no surprise either.
Thursday, September 4, 2008