Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Importance of being Earnest

James Lewis over at American Thinker has a great piece on the problem of having an 'intellectual' in the White House. One of the best quotes, IMNSHO, is the following when Lewis is discussing Putin and Obama:
"What guys like Putin get out of this unbelievable fakery is that we have another Jimmy Carter in the White House -- but with a much better fantasy life. He'll probably try to drink Obama under the table, because how can O say no? He has to be perfect at everything, and Putin likes ego games. He brought along his big black Dalmatians to scare the daylights out of Angela Merkel. It was straight intimidation, just like A'jad likes to do. Put a KGB poisoner against a slick Chicago hustler, and guess who wins."

Juxtapose Lewis' commentary with this
article from the New York Times by Ross Douthat about Sarah Palin, and I think we get a pretty good idea about what kind of person the United States really needs in the White House. And I quote:
"Palin’s popularity has as much to do with class as it does with ideology. In this sense, she really is the perfect foil for Barack Obama. Our president represents the meritocratic ideal — that anyone, from any background, can grow up to attend Columbia and Harvard Law School and become a great American success story. But Sarah Palin represents the democratic ideal — that anyone can grow up to be a great success story without graduating from Columbia and Harvard."
I think that both authors have some similar points, even though they've come at them from completely different points of view as well as article thesis. The Elite-aratti feel that having an Ivy Leaguer in the White House is a good idea, because that person will espouse the rhetoric with which they are the most comfortable. But, and this point has been made to me quite often and I've seen it with my own eyes quite often, that the academics and intellectuals (and I use that term loosely) have absolutely no common sense and no idea about how the real world works in regards to their theories about HOW the world should work. It is a truism that 'those who can, do; those who can't, teach." We don't need someone who purports to read Urdu and Pushkin and changes his message to pander to a specific audience (I still remember the religion and guns speech that Obama made on the Left Coast). We need someone with practical experience and someone who will say what they mean, all of the time, regardless of their audience. In times like these, we can't have a 'leader' who shifts in the breeze, we need someone who will stand firm and who will make a stand.

If our representatives and 'leaders' will not stand firm, if they will not fulfill their offices by actually representing their constituencies, then it is up to the American people to remind them of their duties or else remove them from the positions that they are abusing.

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