|SANJAYA AND THE 2008 ELECTION
14 September 2008
When this cover ran in London four years ago, I printed it, framed it and hung it in the kitchen. I shared the astonishment of the Brits. I still do.
I was raised to believe that Americans were bigger, better, stronger, smarter, and everything else -er than other countries. I suppose little kids in every country are taught that about their fellow countrymen.
But I am sadly coming to the realization that not only are we NOT smarter than other people, we are pretty much dumber than most people. Not all of us, but enough of us to change the shape of the world I grew up in.
Have we learned nothing from the Bush administration, from the tactics they have used? Have we not paid attention as our freedoms have been stripped away, our children sent off to die, our Constitution trampled under the heavy boots marked "homeland security"?
There is a marvelous column by Bob Herbert in the New York Times today. It begins:
As Palin-mania continues to grow, I am faced for the first time since this race began with the fear that the voters really might elect this team. She's become the Sanjaya of the election--someone totally out of her league, but whom people find so intriguing they keep bringing her back over and over again.
I do a lot of web surfing, read a lot of blogs, read comments in blogs, and I am appalled at the blatant disinterest in this election.
"I don't really pay attention to it," said one person
"I dont really care. I feel like no matter who I choose they are all in it for themselves anyway," wrote another.
"Borrring" is a comment I've seen several times.
What does it take to wake people up? Do those "bored" people watch things like Charlie Gibson's interview? I was appalled at the Republican talking heads who were dancing jigs at how "well" she did. I was amused that my immediate mental image was of that Miss America contestant to rattled off nonsense words. The next night that's the clip that Keith Olbermann opened his show with.
I admit I couldn't explain the Bush doctrine to you, but I'm not running for the second highest office in the land. She thinks Iraq is responsible for 9/11. She gets her knowledge about Russia because you can see it from Alaska. And while her family may be off limits for criticism, this is an excellent piece about the birth of little Trig, which brings into question not necessarily how she raises her children, but her reasoning and judgement which are certainly things we need to consider in picking someone to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.
Herbert ends his column with: "John McCain, who is shameless about promoting himself as Americas ultimate patriot, put the best interests of the nation aside in making his incredibly reckless choice of a running mate. But there is a profound double standard in this country. The likes of John McCain and George W. Bush can do the craziest, most irresponsible things imaginable, and it only seems to help them politically."
American Idol voters did finally vote Sanjaya off before the end of the contest. Let's hope American presidential voters wake up before this thing is over and realize what a disaster this ticket is and vote McCain-Palin off before it's too late for this country.
I don't want to have to post another Daily Mirror cover in my kitchen.
I'm a little confused.
Let me see if I have this straight.....
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