Newsweek Magazine today had their new issue out. They must be proud, they just put into type the feelings that many have on why the main stream media can not stand Gov. Sarah Palin. Now, this is not a pro-Palin column. I'll freely admit I like her for a number of reasons, but that is not what this is about. This is about something much bigger.
Here's the headline from the article, "Yes, she won the debate by not imploding. But governing requires knowledge, and mindless populism is just that—mindless." I read that, and my thoughts were; well, this can go two different ways. Either they're trying to say she is just trying to appeal to people, or that regular every-day people have no right to seek government and higher office positions. Hmmmm....I read on.
The next two quotes were even better:
"Palin is on the ticket because she connects with everyday Americans. Do we want leaders who are everyday folks, or do we want leaders who understand everyday folks? Therein lies an enormous difference, one that could decide the presidential election and, if McCain and Palin were to win, shape the governance of the nation."
Or it gets better:
"A key argument for Palin, in essence, is this: Washington and Wall Street are serving their own interests rather than those of the broad whole of the country, and the moment requires a vice president who will, Cincinnatus-like, help a new president come to the rescue. The problem with the argument is that Cincinnatus knew things."
Now this is when I became angry, but this last quote and I promise Ill stop, sent me over the top.
"The capacity of the common man (and now woman) to serve in government is the subject of ancient debate. The philosophers Robert Dale Owen and Jeremy Bentham believed in the principle of rotation in office—the idea that citizens could do the work of government for a time, then return to private life—and Andrew Jackson, in the beginning of the modern democratic era, spoke in similar terms about the federal government: "The duties of all public officers are, or at least admit to being made, so plain and simple that men of intelligence may readily qualify themselves for their performance." But Jackson was thinking about postmasters, not presidents."
Wow, is all I had to say. So now, today, in our modern age, people are completely judged by where they went to school, as if an education in one place is better then another? Even Brit Hume on Fox News admitted the other night, "We within Washington and the Intelligentsia expect people to talk a certain way and when they don't, we don't like it." I like Brit Hume, and I understand what he was getting at, but I have to disagree.
What has made the main stream media decide that they should speak for America? What values and credits do they have to their name that they should judge as Newsweek has, whether an average person should be in a position of higher government?
To take this from a military perspective. Very few of our senior officers today, come from upper class, Harvard Educated backgrounds. Does that make them bad leaders? Does that make them unable to command tens of thousands of men in combat and later on sit at state dinners with other military officers and diplomats from other nations?
Or to look even further back, to our Founding Fathers. Yes, they were well educated for their day, but make no mistake they were not educated in the best Universities in Europe. Most were self taught. About half had spent the French and Indian Wars on the frontier and then fighting in the American Revolution. These were not polished and perfect men. They were human beings who worked farms, ran small businesses, and yes even made mistakes and admitted them. They were not the "elite", they were the ones fighting elitism.
My question for Newsweek and any other of these Main Stream Media pundits is, so whats wrong with being a normal person? What is wrong with being a regular member of society and having the leadership ability, values, and passion to lead our great nation?
We are a Nation of free men and women. Any one of us has the opportunity to lead if so chosen. The day we start forgetting that, and relegating leadership only to the chosen few is the day that all we have fought for is in vain.
God Bless America
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