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  •  her stupidity, of course, is her appeal. (5+ / 0-)

    It is just amazing that this woman can be taken seriously by anyone.

    The more amazing thing is that since many americans are so uniformed that they will agree with her response.

    •  could you (1+ / 0-)
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      elaborate on that?  I mean, I agree with you, I just don't quite know how to analyze this anti-intellectualism.

      I've been having a long running argument with someone on a committee I'm on.  I said that our group (a progressive planning group) would be viewed as "elitist" by Sarah's base. He doesn't get it.  We're not members of the elite, he argues.  

      Sarah somehow embodies anti-intellectualism but I can't put my finger on it sufficiently to sum it up....

      "never trust a rich man when he offers you a truce"

      by KibbutzAmiad on Thu Jan 27, 2011 at 01:05:40 PM PST

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      •  i am really going to step into this... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...and you ask a big question.  As far as your committee goes, if you can describe it with the words such as progressive and planning, well, many people will view that as completely out of their realm- not only because they view themselves as conservative or moderate- but because they just feel that any committee that plans anything must involve the types of people who have been screwing them over their whole lives.

        Overall, I think the whole "elite" thing is a cultural difference.  We live in a time when most people are scared about the world they live in.  And our political culture is completely messed-up and screwing most everyone over in some way.  It is very easy right now to blame the problems on some one else that we can't identify with:  the blacks, the foreigners, the rich, the welfare addicts- basically anybody I don't know and who is different than me in appearance or experience.

        All there really is in politics right now is trust.  And who any given person trusts is really not based on their policies, but it is based on who seems culturally one of his or her own.

        Sarah Palin seems to represent to her supporters a person that the disenfranchised can identify with:  picked-on by the wealthy and ridiculed by the educated- her fundamentalist, bible-toting faith is even ridiculed by mainstream christians.  It is no surprise that establishment (i.e., wealthy and educated) republicans can not stand her.

        This cultural divide is a major problem for our country.  It prohibits many of us from being willing to sacrifice to solve our problems- everyone just wants someone else to do it (who is not one of us, because it is not our fault).  The tax debate last fall was a prime example:  all the taxes should have been allowed to expire, but no-one wanted to give away their own little goodies (no matter how small) to deal with our nation's problems.

        •  Thank you (1+ / 0-)
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          for your answer.

          It's such an ephemeral thing.  It's not education per se nor is it wealth.  George W Bush was not viewed as elite, and he's as elite as they come by any logical standards.  Yet I've been called elite, and I work 3 part time jobs and wonder how we'll pay our bills many months.

          I do think it has to do with, as you said, these vague cultural things....NASCAR, religion, vocabulary.  Which makes no logical sense at all, and I've tried to find things to read that would explain the current situation but have not been able to come up with much.

          "never trust a rich man when he offers you a truce"

          by KibbutzAmiad on Thu Jan 27, 2011 at 02:05:00 PM PST

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          •  I agree. (2+ / 0-)
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            but looking for something to read about this just proves how much of elitist you are.  Anyway, it seems that maybe Wendell Berry might have written a little bit about this in his book, "The Way of Ignorance".

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