by Morgan Freeberg | April 10, 2010 9:32 am
Who better to take on the Living Breathing Audacity of Hope, than some guy with a Blog That Nobody Reads who has the audacity to quote himself?
Intellectualism has become the readiness, willingness and ability to call dangerous things safe, and safe things dangerous.
When an education has given you the ability to dismiss ideas more quickly, it’s not really an education.
[A] complete victory here would ruin them. Their public-relations methods have everything to do with showing us how wonderful they are, what a pristine, elevated, superhuman Mount Olympus they have up there above the clouds.
The membership is defined by elitism. Without a terracing of the human landscape, Mount Olympus could not exist, because nobody would be left out of it…You have to leave people out before you can leave people in.
I can be prescient when I wanna be…it seems. For all of this comes before this gem from the Holy Lips of He Who Walks on the Water and Argues With the Dictionaries:
I really have no response…because last I checked, Sarah Palin’s not much of an expert on nuclear issues.
What a devastating question it would have been, to follow up with something like “Tell us please, Mr. President: How do you go about checking?”
Because the last time I checked — which I do by reading — it doesn’t seem to me you need much of a background in order to know what you’re taking about, when you make comments like these.
No administration in America’s history would, I think, ever have considered such a step that we just found out President Obama is supporting today. It’s kinda like getting out there on a playground, a bunch of kids, getting ready to fight, and one of the kids saying, “Go ahead, punch me in the face and I’m not going to retaliate. Go ahead and do what you want to with me.”
Is there something in there that went zipping over my li’l head — something to do with the half-life of Uranium 238? Fission versus fusion? The Manhattan Project? It looks to me like some reasoned opinion about human behavior.
President Obama’s breezy dismissal of this sincere concern from a private citizen is certainly the death knell of His presidency. Or would be — if He were a white guy. Yeah, I said it; let’s face it. Without the benefit of some impenetrable shield of oppressed-minority-status, is it really possible to dismiss such frankly stated concerns from an unappointed, unelected every-woman…without dissing everything human & female that ever walked the earth?
Call me paranoid, but I can just see the dust-up if a President Freeberg said that about, let’s say, Patricia Ireland, Former First Lady Michelle Obama or Hillary Clinton. “Last I checked, she was no expert.” No really, let that one play out in your mind a bit. Picture the headline in the next morning’s New York Times. Washington Post. L.A. Times. Chris Matthews and Keith Olby.
The President just told so-and-so to shut her girly mouth and get her fat ass in the kitchen, men are talking.
There would be waves of criticism, at least three weekends of wall-to-wall armchair quarterbacking on the Sunday talk shows. And I gotta believe somewhere in there, the point would be made — rightfully — that President Freeberg was elected President to represent all of us, whether he likes it or not. He’d better damn well get used to it or go back to being tucked in a back room writing computer code. Am I right or am I right? Now then…back to reality.
Barry already has a history with this stuff. And I’m afraid things have devolved to the point where, if our nation’s President doesn’t have a problem discrediting Himself by indulging in this kind of behavior, it certainly does no credit to the nation’s governed to continue tolerating it. Sarah Palin occupies no political office whatsoever; she is a private citizen saying she’s got a beef with what our elected official is doing — she’s certainly not the only one thinking this — and the elected official took the time to say her opinion doesn’t matter because she’s stupid.
Which means nobody else’s opinion matters either; they/we are a bunch of dumbasses too. We’re so uncool. Unless, that is, we happen to agree with the administration’s policies.
I got a sneaking suspicion that if Palin was out there cheerleading the President’s announcement rather than pointing out the flaws in it, suddenly President Obama would respect her expertise just fine. Then He’d have to find some other woman to belittle…since you can’t have anyone in the club unless you leave someone out out it.
Right about now, it’d be kinda nice to have a President who at least makes the effort to represent all of us. Wouldn’t it?
Cross-posted at House of Eratosthenes.
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