September 12, 2008
IT AIN'T CALLED THE STUPID PARTY FOR NOTHIN':
The McCain Palin Ticket Appeals to a Powerful Strain of Anti-Intellectualism in American Society (HNN, 9-6-08, Mark Naison)
The McCain Palin ticket, if elected, would be a disaster for the country. Their propensity to invoke God's will as a justification for government policies, their contempt for science and intellect, their extaordinary lack of knowledge about the culture and history of the major nations of the world,, and their shameless defense of an oil centered energy policy that has produced economic and ecological disaster for the nation, poorly prepares them to lead a nation whose reputation has been damged by an ill considered war and whose position in the global economy has been steadily weakening.,
However, the very things that make McCain and Palin feared in most of the world gives them an excellent chance of winning the presidency. Their proud anti-intellectualism, reflected in their personal histories as well as their rhetoric, touches a powerful chord with many working class and middle class Americans.
Portraying the Unicorn Rider as an intellectual was an even bigger mistake than pretending he's magical. Not only is anti-Intellectualism what makes America the exceptional nation but the candidate perceived as most intellectual has lost every open election since at least the turn of the 20th Century and most of the ones featuring an incumbent. Posted by Orrin Judd at September 12, 2008 6:28 AM