Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Palin And Reagan: Too Stupid To Lead

Atheist Sam Harris has written a piece of garbage in Newsweek bashing Sarah Palin, religion, and ordinary Americans like you and me. You can almost see Harris breathing fire as he continually derides Sarah Palin for being too stupid to be VP.

Below is an excerpt from an article written by Charles Krauthammer shortly after Ronald Reagan's death. Democrats constantly said Reagan was too stupid to be president and that his stupidity would get us into a war.

Moreover, at the time, Reagan's optimism was deemed pejorative. It was the cockeyed optimism of the simpleton, a man too shallow, unsophisticated, unschooled and unthinking -- in short, too stupid -- to know better. An "amiable dunce," as Clark Clifford, wisest of the Washington wise men, dubbed him. Justin Kaplan's 1992 edition of Bartlett's has only three quotes from Reagan -- all trivial, all designed to make him look silly. It was only under pressure that the next edition added "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" and other historic lines.

Clifford and Kaplan spoke for an establishment that considered Reagan a simplistic primitive -- whose simplistic primitivism was endangering the world. These were the twin themes: Reagan was stupid, and his stupidity made him dangerous. Those too young to remember the 1980s would be astonished to know how common the notion was of Reagan as a warmonger.

Jump forward to 2008. Below is an excerpt from the Newsweek Palin/religion/ordinary American-bashing article:

Palin may be a perfectly wonderful person, a loving mother and a great American success story—but she is a beauty queen/sports reporter who stumbled into small-town politics, and who is now on the verge of stumbling into, or upon, world history.

The problem, as far as our political process is concerned, is that half the electorate revels in Palin's lack of intellectual qualifications. When it comes to politics, there is a mad love of mediocrity in this country. "They think they're better than you!" is the refrain that (highly competent and cynical) Republican strategists have set loose among the crowd, and the crowd has grown drunk on it once again. "Sarah Palin is an ordinary person!" Yes, all too ordinary.

...The next administration must immediately confront issues like nuclear proliferation, ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and covert wars elsewhere), global climate change, a convulsing economy, Russian belligerence, the rise of China, emerging epidemics, Islamism on a hundred fronts, a defunct United Nations, the deterioration of American schools, failures of energy, infrastructure and Internet security … the list is long, and Sarah Palin does not seem competent even to rank these items in order of importance, much less address any one of them.

Read the full article here.

Does any of this sound familiar? The Democrat mantra is "change." Compare the attacks above that took place more than 25 years ago to the attacks against Sarah Palin and John McCain. Could someone please tell me what has changed?

If Iran is successful in building nuclear weapons and attacks, who do you want in the White House? Someone who will "negotiate" or someone who take care of business? Just look at the UN over the past five years and you will see the results of negotiating with a terrorist state.

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