Heard about Sam Harris's op ed in the Los Angeles Times? The one entitled, "Palin: Average Isn't Good Enough"? It's short so I'll put it all here, complete with my interlinear commentary which will simply point out the obvious in case a Liberal happens tot read this blog. The rest of you don't need commentary.
Americans have an unhealthy desire to see average people promoted to positions of great authority. No one wants an average neurosurgeon or even an average carpenter, but when it comes time to vest a man or woman with more power and responsibility than any person has held in human history, Americans say they want a regular guy, someone just like themselves. President Bush kept his edge on the "Who would you like to have a beer with?" poll question in 2004, and won reelection.
Hey, you average Americans are unhealthy and Sarah Palin is "average." Oh, yeah. As for not wanting an average neurosurgeon or an average carpenter, well, the liberal fetishists have made the likelihood that you will encounter an unqualified doctor much higher (thank you, affirmative action) and the possibility that you will find even a decent carpenter at any price remote (thank you, tort lawyers and the teacher's unions for eliminating shop and other vocational training from our school systems.)
This is one of the many points at which narcissism becomes
indistinguishable from masochism. Let me put it plainly: If you want
someone just like you to be president of the United States, or even
vice president, you deserve whatever dysfunctional society you get. You
deserve to be poor, to see the environment despoiled, to watch your
children receive a fourth-rate education and to suffer as this country
wages -- and loses -- both necessary and unnecessary wars.
Sammy, Sammy, Sammy. Do you mean to tell me that the majority of Americans are pathological narcisso-masochists who want to be ignorant and live in polluted squalor? You've been spending far too much time in Detroit.
McCain has so little respect for the presidency of the United States that he is willing to put the girl next door (soon, too, to be a grandma) into office beside him. He has so little respect for the average American voter that he thinks this reckless and cynical ploy will work.
I'm beginning to see his point. I mean, we really want someone in the Veep slot who wouldn't live next door to us on a bet, like Barack Obama or Joe "Let's Take a Tour of the Compound" Biden, who moved out of the much vaunted Scranton as soon as his little feet could carry him.
I'm trying to ignore the fact that Sammy seems to not like women very much. Do you sense that, too?
And it might. Palin's nomination has clearly excited Christian conservatives, and it may entice a few million gender-obsessed fans of Hillary Clinton to vote entirely on the basis of chromosomes. Throw in a few million more average Americans who will just love how the nice lady smiles, and 2009 could be a very interesting year.
Normally, you'd have to be at a San Francisco cocktail party to hear this level of condescension, heavily laced as it is with rather naked totalitarian leanings. You people are just too stupid to realize that Sam Harris and his ilk could really make this country an environmentally sensitive paradise with only smart people populating it if the breeding morons [you] would just get out of the way. Sam Harris hates a government by the People because it gives power to the Untermenschen** from places like Alaska.______________________________
**Barry: that's German. Tchüss!