By Miss Caldonia!!
Miss Caldonia is fuming! Miss Caldonia is sick and tired of looking at, thinking about, and being reminded that Sarah Palin is running for (vice) President when she doesn't deserve to be Cindy Lou McCain's personal assistant. em>
It's hard to listen to pundits and common folks alike talk about the election without wondering how in the world did we get so "dumbed" down? Why are we being almost forced to put up with any and all things that have to do with this dumb, egocentric woman? I have heard too much about moose, shooting animals from helicopters, killing poor polar bears, the north slope, snowmobile races, and all other things Alaskan. I am sick of hearing about Sarah Palin's dysfunctional and pathological family, her clothes, her dumb brain, her husband who doesn't appear to have any regular job that demands his presence, her pregnant daughter and Levi, the impregnator who may or may not marry Sarah's daughter, depending on whether Sarah wins the election. I am tired of seeing the other three Palin children on the campaign trail, ESPECIALLY the seven year old daughter carrying the infant son! My God, am I the only person who thinks she might drop the baby!! Why aren't these children in school, for God's sake?
When did the electorate begin to allow folks like Rush Limbaugh to convince them that Barack Obama is a socialist? Why does Sarah Palinspeak become the accepted mode of speech by her followers? When did the populace begin to take as Gospel the utterances from the mouth of this woman who seems to be holding her personal and political life together by a thread? What can she tell you that you don't already know? This woman can probably count the times she visited in one of the lower forty-eight states before she ran for election. Folks, she's dumb! I'll repeat myself: she is dumb and not the type who listens carefully and diligently enough to learn what she doesn't know. That's why she's giving the campaign hell because they're trying to teach her the "fundamentals," to use a favorite phrase of McCain's. She wants to get out on the campaign trail and wing it. She doesn't believe in being an informed leader.
When did the less educated begin to demand that a person with little education be allowed to run for president so they can be represented too? The level of ignorance and low expectations is unprecedented. The norm has always been that those with less education and experience aspire to gain more of both. The norm was that we wanted our leaders, i.e., president and vice president, to have more education and experience rather than less.
I asked a nice young man who works in my doctor's office today who he was going to vote for? It is the same question I have asked him for over a year. In the past he always said he was going to vote for John McCain, if he votes at all. However, today his response was a bit different. "I am not going to vote for a socialist," he said. I asked him to define socialism, and he couldn't. I asked him to define, in the same political campaign context, the government's big bailout of the financial industry. He was kind of trapped for he said that even though it might be kind of like socialism, it was necessary because the country would have failed if the bailout hadn't occurred. I asked him, finally, isn't that the same argument that leaders of some socialist countries make? By that time I was tired and so was he.
People like Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin and John McCain are committing first degree assault against the brainpower of millions of Americans who don't know how, or cannot think clearly for themselves and make the critical decision as to whom to vote for, based on incorrect information. There should be a law against the knowing and intentional perpetration of nonsense, lies and deception with the intention of electing a president and a vice president whose motives are terrible. People have been sent to jail for far less. However, somehow we are placing less and less value on the brain and its myriad functions, leaving it open to abuse and misuse.
If Barack Obama is elected president he should try to raise the level of discourse by engaging citizens at a higher level. As a longtime professor, I always felt that my students mostly performed at the level of my expectations. If I set the bar low, their delivery was low and vice versa. I don't agree with any sort of "thought" patrols but I do think the level of our thinking will determine the fate of our nation and will have an impact on the world culture. I hope parents of underage children take this post seriously. Let's stop "dumbing down" the culture because it's just a tool used by those who want to exploit the less educated during campaign season.