Saturday, October 11, 2008

Populism: A Key to America's Downfall

It used to be that being smart, educated, well-read, tolerant, and open-minded were considered virtues in America. I'm reminded of the movie "Quiz Show" in which Ralph Fiennes' character was looked up to because he was so well-informed.

Now, even though almost everyone wants their kids to be college educated, the political rhetoric--at least from the Right--denigrates such intellectuals as "elites".

David Brooks writes in the New York Times, "What had been a disdain for liberal intellectuals slipped into a disdain for the educated class as a whole."

This "class warfare" as practiced by McCain and Palin on the campaign trail is shameful and dangerous. The gatherings at their political events are taking on the flavor (and the mind) of the mob. There are even unanswered shouts of "Kill him!" when Obama is discussed. McCain was even booed by his own audience when he grudgingly said something decent about his opponent.

I'm concerned that some ignorant gun-totin' yahoo will think he can impress Sarah Palin in the same way John Hinckley tried to impress Jodie Foster. It doesn't take much to rouse the rabble; throw in sexual attraction, and you have a recipe for assassination.

Look, potential dirtbag: if you kill Obama, Sarah Palin still won't fuck you. Don't be a pawn. Get some therapy and medication, sell your guns, and give the money to the poor/your family/same thing.

It's time for the adults to once again take the reins. The rest of you: grow up, read a book (other than the Bible), have some humility, take some responsibility, and be peaceful.

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