Friday, October 10, 2008

there you go again, thinking

"Once conservatives admired Churchill and Lincoln above all — men from wildly different backgrounds who prepared for leadership through constant reading, historical understanding and sophisticated thinking. Now those attributes bow down before the common touch."

Why conservatives don't like people who think. Check it out here.

8 comments:

Randall said...

I have heard from many sources that Pallin is smart,politically skilled and likeable. Im amazed when I read things like that. First her voice is really annoying and I find her folksy winks an embarrassment. The McCain campaign is hiding her from shows like "Meet the Press" or any of the Sunday morning grill sessions. She is a lightweight and they know it! I give her credit for her nerve and ability to handle pressure. On the other hand maybe its because she lives in an ego dream land. I predict a crushing landslide for Obama. I think Bill Mahar summed it up when he said "even stupid people know she is stupid"!

Erin O'Brien said...

I read the essay and although I'm sure there's truth in it, for me, it boils down to the same old divisive politics told from the elbow-patch POV.

The "we're smart, they're dumb" argument never won us lefties any friends.

Randall said...

Some people I dont want as friends. Besides the conservative mindset is locked in and they are not going to change. If George Bush with his misguided Iraq war, endorsing torture,and deregulation doesnt persuade you your beyond reason. They can sit on their porches with glazed over looks and wave the american flag while they pride themselves about being patriotic. Im depressed after finding out a science fiction writer I admired (Jack Vance) is a diehard republican who thinks Sean Hannity is brilliant. Its like finding out your favorite Uncle raped your sister.....

Erin O'Brien said...

Maybe this will make you feel better.

Amy said...

As a writer, Erin, I would hope that you'd at least want our leaders to be able--and want to--read.

Amy said...

Also, Erin, as an over-educated, underpaid person, I'm seriously concerned about calling educated people "elite."

Erin O'Brien said...

I honestly wasn't commenting on who is elite or knows how to read. I just didn't find the Brooks essay very powerful. That's why I linked the Buckley thing: I thought it was very compelling to see an intellectual conservative who has changed sides, mainly because of the category-five-disaster that Palin has become for the Republicans.

It was just my opinion--that's all. I didn't mean to ruffle feathers.

Randall said...

The Buckley aricle was a suprise and it did make me feel better....