Guest Paul Posted October 25, 2008 Report Share Posted October 25, 2008 I have never seen a worse combination of arrogance and ignorance in any candidate for public office than we see in Sarah Palin. The closest thing we have to it is Bush, and we see the results of that. We know she is a young-earth creationist, the modern equivalent of a flat-earther. She thinks dinosaurs and humans cohabitated on the earth. Just yesterday, she gave her first “major policy address,” apparently because the Republicans think that this will somehow rehabilitate her image and give her some gravitas. 55% of Americans have decided she is not qualified to be President. You would think, after she has said a great many foolish things that led most of us to that conclusion, that she would have been very careful to avoid saying anything else foolish. Instead, she not only criticized, but made fun of research on fruit flies. She wants the money spent on autism instead. Debra and I could hardly believe it, but that’s what she said. What she said is disqualifying. She obviously does not understand that research on fruit flies has already led to a breakthrough pertaining to a protein that can be used to help people afflicted with autism. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/...70905123832.htm http://localtechwire.com/business/local_te.../story/1809660/ That’s the point of the research. Yet she dismisses it out of hand, as though in her complete and abject ignorance on the subject she knows more than the scientists who are studying the issue and the doctors who are trying to take advantage of their work. Look at the arrogance in her presentation: This is not esoteric. It's well-known. Debra and I both knew it the instant Keith Olbermann reported what she had said. A candidate who is that ignorant and that dismissive of science should never be in a position of public trust. These are things every informed citizen should know, let alone our leaders. Her policy views are also just mind-bending. Now let’s get this straight. John McCain wants to freeze all spending. If the government freezes all spending, then it can’t spend money on autism, as Palin wants to do. Apparently an issue that affects her personally is important. The issues that affect other people apparently are not important. She is willing to change the entire governing strategy of the entire federal government to attend to her personal needs, but not for anyone else, not even if a program would help millions of people apparently. And of course she expects the rest of us just to go along with her. So not only is she ignorant and arrogant, she is dangerously self-centered. I think research to help people with autism should be funded, but not because Sarah Palin has an afflicted child. Every time she opens her mouth, she gives me another reason to hope she never attains any position of importance. Her candidacy is sheer lunacy. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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