Sunday, September 5, 2010

I Gotta Quit Reading this Stuff

BBC rotate reporters through different countries, including USA.  Part of their job is to blog about what they see and hear from a Brit's perspective to play to the folks back home.  Mark Mardell is the current  BBC correspondent.  He picked up on the Vanity Fair op-ed about Sarah Palin that I linked to yesterday and questioned whether she would run in 2012.

One of the comments on Mardell's blog reads:

The sad truth is that America is becoming a nation of ill-educated reactionaries. That IS the demographic that candidates will need to consider in the next election.

I work at a public high school where students told me yesterday that the Declaration of Independence was a 'peace treaty' and that of the two men who traveled east to west and 'discovered' much of the territory, one was Christopher Columbus. Oh, and the students also told me that multiplication is the opposite of addition, and that they had never seen a Roman numeral before.

These are the kind of people who don't vote at all, or who will vote for a Tea Party ticket based on emotional spin and no facts whatsoever.

Well, now we know where Teabaggers and Palin supporters come from.  If there are enough of them to elect her, JD Rockefeller who famously said "I don't want a nation of thinkers, I want a nation of workers",  will see his vision fulfilled.  He almost made it with Bush but not quite.  They had to fudge a bit in Florida in 2000 and again in Florida and Ohio in 2004

Palin is releasing her second book soon. As Pierre said about Margaret, "Well, that is one more than she has read".

Now to go take a blood pressure pill.  Demeur, why do I do this?  I don't know.  American politics is a gigantic sit-com, if as you said, I don't have to live there.  Other than it has devastated so many people in USA and around the world and has the potential to destroy us all.


  1. If you thought that was depressing then you should read this.

  2. Interesting that you should be following American politics while I've been following Canadian politics. Must say they really know how to get rid of elected leaders up there. At least they have a sense of embarrassment left up there.

  3. The Flintstones as documentary. Only in America.

    Canada can get rid of leaders, it is finding them that is the problem. If the Liberals don't find someone soon, we are going to be stuck with Harpo again. If he ever wins a majority government it will be mini-Bush time for us.


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