"She is a real person, smart, humble, capable and actually has lots of substance to her. She not only talks the talk, but also walks the walk. The MSM in continuing their new role as the Press Corps for the Obama White House have decided to take Sarah Palin down to diminish whatever competition she might give Obama in 2012. As a result, in the last week we’ve heard all sorts of extremely awful and ridiculous rumors about her, rumors which we won’t even bother repeating here." Republicans for Sarah? Not! It's those old-girl Hillary supporters, PUMA [Party Unity My A**] gals, who've had it up to here with their party's throwing of the woman under the bus. You go, girls! (Getty Images photo)
"It got me to thinking about the Founding Fathers' vision and that famous John Adams quotation" [see below*], we wrote in the comments at Assistant Village Idiot [via Maggie's] re this CS Lewis quotation, where the head of the secret police in That Hideous Strength tells the hero:
Ah, you fool, it's the educated reader who can be gulled. All of our difficulty comes with the others. When did you meet a workman [Joe the Plumber comes to mind] who believes the papers? He takes it for granted that they're all propaganda and skips the leading articles … He is our problem. We have to recondition him. But the educated public, the people who read the high-brow weeklies, don't need reconditioning. They're all right already. They'll believe anything.
*Now for that Adams quotation:
I must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematicks and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematicks and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry and Porcelain.
You have a problem with dollars spent for Sarah's image? How 'bout the gazillions spent on Barry's stage sets? Just askin'.
As we wrote in AVI's and Maggie's comments:
John Adams missed the final step, when forgetfulness sets in:
"Their children must study Painting, Poetry . . . Tapestry and Porcelaine in order to give their sons a right to study Political Correctness, Moral Relativism and Navel Gazing."
Enter, stage left, the dehumanization thing [via The Anchoress] from Jennifer F of Conversion Diary:
One thing that stands out in all these examples is that the victims of the widespread evil were categorized as something less than human … not only that innocent people were killed or enslaved, but that their humanity was taken away by the societies around them … So here is the advice I would offer to my children, and to my children’s children:
Every decade or so, take a look around the society in which you live, and ask yourself if there is any group of human beings who are seen as something less than human. A big tipoff is if dehumanizing words — terms other than “man,” “woman,” “child,” “baby,” or “person” — are used to describe any category of people.
And if you ever see that going on, you might be in the midst of something gravely evil.
Jennifer F was talking about babes in the womb slated for abortion, but our first thought while reading her totally awesome essay was the analogous casting by Democrats and their media enablers of us Republicans as something less than human. Take a look around.