Eric pointed me to
this piece by Roger Ebert last night. It’s short and to the point and definitely worth reading.
He makes the observation that your average American likes Sarah Palin because she is like them: poorly traveled, lacking an ivy league education, etc. Average Americans like her for the same reason they like the contestants on American Idol: because they think “that could be me up there.”
And his reason for not liking her is the same reason I think a lot of us don’t like her: because WE don’t want to be up there. We don’t even want someone like us up there…
I want a vice president who is better than me, wiser, well-traveled, has met world leaders, who three months ago had an opinion on Iraq. Someone who doesn’t repeat bald-faced lies about earmarks and the Bridge to Nowhere. Someone who doesn’t appoint Alaskan politicians to “study” global warming, because, hello! It has been studied. The returns are convincing enough that John McCain and Barack Obama are darned near in agreement.
And in defense of the rest of us who actually did travel before they hit their mid-40s…
You don’t need to be a pointy-headed elitist to travel abroad. You need curiosity and a hunger to see the world.
Roger reminds me that Sarah Palin really does represent everything that is wrong with the current administration: a fear of anything different, a mind-numbing lack of curiosity about the world and that ignorant cowboy mentality that leads one to believe everyone in the world wants to be like us and fuck ’em if they don’t.