Choir-preaching

8 Oct

Allow me a quick reprieve of my previously established Sarah Palin moratorium — which I’m proud of, by the way — to point out three links worth your time (angry Republicans might want to steer clear, or read on with the understanding that I’m just half-funnin’ around):

1. Steve Chapman from Reason Online legitimately wonders why it’s OK for Palin and her ilk to proudly assert that rural people are superior, yet the urban and suburban set is branded as snobs for doing the same. Isn’t that weird and unfair? OK not really…but kind of, right?

2. Sam Harris from Newsweek (in an article that has been linked from everywhere and become hella popular) wants to discuss elitism, and points out what all of us know in our hearts but may have temporarily forgotten: it’s actually a good thing.

Ask yourself: how has “elitism” become a bad word in American politics? There is simply no other walk of life in which extraordinary talent and rigorous training are denigrated. We want elite pilots to fly our planes, elite troops to undertake our most critical missions, elite athletes to represent us in competition and elite scientists to devote the most productive years of their lives to curing our diseases. And yet, when it comes time to vest people with even greater responsibilities, we consider it a virtue to shun any and all standards of excellence. When it comes to choosing the people whose thoughts and actions will decide the fates of millions, then we suddenly want someone just like us, someone fit to have a beer with, someone down-to-earth—in fact, almost anyone, provided that he or she doesn’t seem too intelligent or well educated.

3. This, Republicans, this is the time to stop reading if you’re prone to fits of anger. Because this takedown from Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone is the angriest, yet funniest, takedown of Sarah Palin ever. Actually, it may be the best takedown of anyone, ever. Infuckingcredible. I can’t even choose my favorite passage. Here are three finalists:

As a representative of our political system, she’s a new low in reptilian villainy, the ultimate cynical masterwork of puppeteers like Karl Rove. But more than that, she is a horrifying symbol of how little we ask for in return for the total surrender of our political power. Not only is Sarah Palin a fraud, she’s the tawdriest, most half-assed fraud imaginable, 20 floors below the lowest common denominator, a character too dumb even for daytime TV — and this country is going to eat her up, cheering her every step of the way. All because most Americans no longer have the energy to do anything but lie back and allow ourselves to be jacked off by the calculating thieves who run this grasping consumer paradise we call a nation.

And…

The incessant grousing about the media was likewise par for the course, red meat for those tens of millions of patriotic flag-waving Americans whose first instinct when things get rough is to whine like bitches and blame other people — reporters, the French, those ungrateful blacks soaking up tax money eating big prison meals, whomever — for their failures.

And finally…

The truly disgusting thing about Sarah Palin isn’t that she’s totally unqualified, or a religious zealot, or married to a secessionist, or unable to educate her own daughter about sex, or a fake conservative who raised taxes and horked up earmark millions every chance she got. No, the most disgusting thing about her is what she says about us: that you can ram us in the ass for eight solid years, and we’ll not only thank you for your trouble, we’ll sign you up for eight more years, if only you promise to stroke us in the right spot for a few hours around election time.

I’ll grant you the author may have been unnecessarily one-sided and cruel. Mean-spirited, not helping matters, yada yada yada. On the other hand, are you kidding me? Classic.

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