One of the stupidiest thingsÂ that has ever appearedÂ on Lew Rockwell.com’sÂ websiteÂ is this blog post byÂ Stephan Kinsella. I never would have thought the editors would fall for the phony populism but they did hard in this case. Yes they were trying to defend Sarah Palin from attacks by the Democrats but are doing using the same wore-out old “snob/elitist/arugula-eating” arguments popularized by their supposed enemies, the necon Republicans.
You don’t have to go to Starbucks, which I don’t by the way, to wonder if someone who’s only served two years as governor of Alaska and who over a decade ago was on the Wasilla city council, is cut out to be president. Sarah Palin may make a very good vice president, but one of the pre-requisites of the job is being capable of filling-in in case something bad happens to head man. I need not remind anyone that politicans who are not ready for theÂ prime-time stage can hurt themselves badly. Remember Dan Quayle? As much as Jimmy Carter’s “outsider” image was appealing, his lack of Washington experience really hurt his administration. In retrospect, he would have been better served running for Congress and winning in 1966 than running for Governor of Georgia that year and losing.Â A couple years in D.C. would have helped. Certainly aÂ George W. Bush II who spent some time in his father’s administration, might have better resisted the bad advice given to him by Dick Cheyney and the neocons.Â It takes a fox to know where the jackels are.
But according to Mr. Kinsella, we cannot question Ms. Palin’s experience. To do so, is “elitist” because Ms. Palin is a “woman” of the people” and only such people are qualified for national office because they are of “the people.”Â Education means nothing. Skills mean nothing. Experience means nothing.Â Connections mean nothing. Only those who are authentically “of the people”, meaning they can shoot guns and ride snowmobiles, are qualified to hold high office.Â If you happen to like classical music and went to four-year university, then you are considered a snob and enemy of the “real people” like Sarah Palin, and therefore not qualified.Â I didn’t realize we lived in a communist state.
I hope Mr. Kinsella was in his bib overalls when he wrote this dreckÂ with his degree from the two-year community college right next to him taped to the wall. I have no love forÂ cosmos having dealt with the conservative and libertarian kind and I have no doubt that liberal/Hollywood cosmos look down on Palin as “too local.”Â (Why are the Dems enthralled to them Mr. Kinsella? Because they give them money, end of explanation.) I don’t concern myself with what they think.Â But I get really, really REALLY tired of fellow elitists (and I doubt if many truck drivers read Lew Rockwell.com) trying to identify themselves with “the people” in a spasm of phony populism.Â If they really wanted to be with “the people” they would quit blog writing and take a job in aÂ factory, work on a farm, drive a truck or work in a mine and hang out after workÂ not at some trendy sports bar but a roadhouse dive with deer heads on the wall and posters ofÂ scantily clad womenÂ selling Budweiser. Do I have any volunteers? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
It’s amazing this post would even appear on Lew’s site because every time I go there all I see are screeds against two of the most middle class occupations in the nation, the police and the military.Â Are they not just as parasitic as say, a social worker or a teacher? Or is it because they carry a gun that makes them less snobbish, right? I’m confused. And so long as we’re talking parasites here, the Scott Horton’s of the world better watch out because in small towns and rural areas where theÂ ”bitter” people live, you will find that the biggest employer is: The parasiticÂ Â goverment! Yes indeed all theÂ municipal workers, all the firemen, all the cops and prison guardsÂ and theÂ highway department workers, they’re the only holding up the middle class as we know it.Â You’re not going to find a lot of factory workers anymore because most of the factories have closed and moved overseas thanks to theÂ free trade polices the “populist” Von Miesans support. You’re not going to find too many farmers because they’ve been driven off the land thanks to theÂ cheap food economics the Von Miesans support. That just leaves government employees. And asÂ Arnold Schwartzenegger found out the hard way, trying to cut costs on the backs of these government employees carries political consequences. Oh by the way, where does the military get most of its employees from?
If we’re really in search of authenticity in the White House, why don’t the Republicans, instead of nominating the son and grandsonÂ of U.S. Navy admirals (Gosh dang another gov’t employee!) this week, just nominate an auto mechanic at a garage down the street from the Xcel Energy Center. Then we can go to a nearbyÂ beauty shop and name one of the hairdressers vice-president (After all we have to have a woman on the ticket!)Â Â And then we can go to a neighborhood bar on the east side of St. Paul and pick their cabinet from the patrons on the stools. Now that’s authenticity! I mean, aren’t we looking for people to elect we can all hoist a beer with? Well, these fellows know how to hoist a beer all right.
One would have thought after eight years of another well know beer hoister George Bush II, perhaps hoisting beer should not be a prerequiste of public office. But alas, not only are the Dems suckered by their elitism (which is a natural make-up of the people who support them, the well educated professional class), the GOP is too.Â It’s just that theirs is the phony type. I’ll take the honest crowd any day of the week, because it seems that one of the pre-requisties to being one with the people is beingÂ anti-intellectual, anti-education and anything to do with intelligence of any kind. Book readin’ is for sissies apparently.
I’m not saying Governor Palin is stupid, far from it. But there’s no way she’s going to know everything there is yet because she hasn’t had a chance to. She’sÂ is like most local office holders, she knows what she needs to to do the job.Â Â I think she would benefit from a copy Ron Paul’s book, or maybe Russel Kirk’s The Conserative Constitution, or something from Von Mieses assuming she knows who he is.Â Otherwise she simply going to support whatever is politically expiedent without reagard to principle or reason. And that’s where conservative and or libertarian policy is ultimatleÂ betrayed. Don’t believe me? Go ask David Stockman. Or look what happen to the intellectual Newt Gingrich. He was dumped in favor of Tom DeLay. And the intellecutal Dick Armey was out shortly thereafter to be replaced by the brillant John Boehner and Denny Hastert.
Â You wouldÂ think Republicans are getting awfully tired of promoting people who are not intellectually serious.Â You have to go back to Nixon and Reagan. Richard Nixon was a very smart individual but he let a corrosive populism descend itself into paranoia which destroyed his administration and that was a course he set for himself since he was first elected in 1946. In the end his vengence against his class enemies only hurt himself. Ronald Reagan had no class prejudices and was at least intellectually curious, but ultimately politics wrecked what ideas his administration was trying to promote because, as one wag put it “It’s not that Ronald Reagan lacks principals. It’s that he doesn’t understand the ones he has.” Dr. Fleming told of his concern about electing an actor president and was hushed upÂ for his trouble.
What was nice about Ron Paul was that he was a genuine autodiadic. He learned Austrian economics on his own and grew intellectually from there. Barry Goldwater, though not an intellectual,Â was not afraid to surround himself withÂ such peopleÂ who provided the basis for hisÂ candidacy. Reagan combined elements of both men.Â This country was built by such persons, the learned farmer for example, or the country squire or the prairie intellecutal. Bobby Byrd was the son of West Virginia butcher and Gene McCarthy grew up on a Minnesota farm in Watkins and bothÂ became learned men. Hell, even Abraham Lincoln grew up reading books by the fire in his log cabin.
Have we become so needy of the “people’s” approval,Â that we’re afraid to realize that maybe they’reÂ not all they’re cracked up to be? Or better yet, if you feel that years of education in theÂ ”government schools” has wrecked so many minds, why then would you wantÂ any candidateÂ feel the need to be “authentic”Â for such ruined brains?Â Think about it and next time save the class warfare for the socialists.