Another Tired, but Laughable, Patrician Lament


The lefty elitists are going bonkers right now over Sarah Palin, because she dares to be effective, conservative–and a woman. Don’t you know that women are all feminists? Don’t you know that they all follow NOW blindly, marching in lockstep to the pro-abortion feminazis? How dare Sarah Palin be on the ticket to become the first woman a heartbeat away from the presidency?

Typical of this blather is this article from the patriician Sam Harris. Elitist snobbery has long been the stock-in-trade of so many liberals; Thomas Sowell rightly described them as “the anointed”, the high-bred patricians who know better than us “average folks” how to manage the affairs of this country. Here’s what this snob Harris writes:

Americans have an unhealthy desire to see average people promoted to positions of great authority.

Did you catch that? “Average people”. To him, the governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, is an “average person”. Further, he says,

Let me put it plainly: If you want someone just like you to be president of the United States, or even vice president, you deserve whatever dysfunctional society you get. You deserve to be poor, to see the environment despoiled, to watch your children receive a fourth-rate education and to suffer as this country wages — and loses — both necessary and unnecessary wars.

OK, let me see…Sarah Palin is just an “average person” who is “just like us”. Well, yeah, in one sense, Sammy, I guess you’re right: she’s not a high-falutin’ snobbist with a loathsome disdain for the “little people”. Check. On the other hand, you’d prefer a guy with zero executive experience, and few real accomplishments, to be the nominee for president, than for a lady with at least some executive experience, and a record of accomplishment and integrity, to be the nominee for vice-president. Hmmm…curious, Sam!

Oh, wait, I get it…Sarah Palin isn’t “anointed”, no elitist busybody, no patrician. I understand. Forgive my abject ignorance.


  1. Hefe on September 3, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    wait a minute and let me recall my 4th grade social studies… isn’t the whole point of our governmental system that it is run by “average people”?

  2. Graham on September 3, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Hmm. Sounds like the “sophisticated” left-wingers who were always so contemptuous of Lady Thatcher…

  3. Byron on September 3, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    @Hefe: It’s not only good to hear from ya, Hefe, it’s nice to know there’s a young evangelical, cutting-edge type who isn’t caught up in the emerging infatuation with Obamessiah. Wait ’til you read my post on Matthew 25…coming soon!

  4. Derlin on September 7, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    The disclosure at the bottom reminds us of something else. This is the Sam Harris of The End of Faith. Obama is wishy-washy at best with his faith (no clue on Biden), which is probably preferred to an outspoken atheist than two conservative Christians in office.

  5. Derlin on September 8, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Do we want average or median (or mode)? It might depend on what we actually want. When was the last time we had a non-millionaire president? Pre-Nixon? Does extremely wealthy have anything to do with presidential capability? Do we want highly educated or average education? Highly strong willed or average willed? While I’d love to have a non-millionaire president (even if he/she isn’t before he/she takes office, he/she might be after four years), what I’d rather have is a president who can relate to the common man being governed, even if he/she is not of that stock. I suppose I think empathy is just as important as legislative and executive experience.

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