November 10, 2008

HE SAT AT THE REVEREND WRIGHT'S KNEE FOR A REASON... (via Glenn Dryfoos):

Obama and the War on Brains (NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, 11/09/08, NY Times)

Barack Obama’s election is a milestone in more than his pigmentation. The second most remarkable thing about his election is that American voters have just picked a president who is an open, out-of-the-closet, practicing intellectual. [...]

Granted, Mr. Obama may have been protected from accusations of excessive intelligence by his race. [...]

As Mr. Obama prepares to take office, I wish I could say that smart people have a great record in power. They don’t. Just think of Emperor Nero, who was one of the most intellectual of ancient rulers — and who also killed his brother, his mother and his pregnant wife; then castrated and married a slave boy who resembled his wife; probably set fire to Rome; and turned Christians into human torches to light his gardens.

James Garfield could simultaneously write Greek with one hand and Latin with the other, Thomas Jefferson was a dazzling scholar and inventor, and John Adams typically carried a book of poetry. Yet all were outclassed by George Washington, who was among the least intellectual of our early presidents.

Yet as Mr. Obama goes to Washington, I’m hopeful that his fertile mind will set a new tone for our country. Maybe someday soon our leaders no longer will have to shuffle in shame when they’re caught with brains in their heads.


Indeed, none of our best presidents--Washington, Polk, Lincoln, FDR, Reagan, Bush--have been intellectuals, while almost all of the worst have been: TR, Wilson, Hoover... Likewise, Marxism, Nazism, and the rest are just forms of intellectualism. And yet, Mr. Kristof, even after conceding the shoddy record of intellectuals, thinks they should lead us?

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 10, 2008 6:08 PM
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