Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sam Harris on Palin.

Sam Harris has an excellent opinion piece in Newsweek. The more I learn about this woman, the more afraid I become. Why is it so great that Sarah Palin is an "ordinary person" or as you may have heard, a "hockey mom"? How does this in some way qualify her for what is arguably the second most important job in the world?

The prospects of a Palin administration are far more frightening, in fact, than those of a Palin Institute for Pediatric Neurosurgery. 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.
You go Sam! Check out the link for more.

P.S. Sarah is even more lame than the Swiss.

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