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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Don't understand estimate her intelligents: Sarah Palin uses nonexistent word, compares herself to Shakespeare

I will never forgive John McCain for making this idiot famous.

Did someone tell her that there is no such word as refudiate? Doesn't her BB have a spell-check? I was instantly reminded of Mary J. Blige's now infamous "don't understand estimate my intelligents" tweet.

But this is where the similarities between the two end. While Blige thanked the person(s) who corrected her and acknowledged she made an error, Palin insisted that English is a living language that changes over time and that even Shakespeare liked to "coin new words." This tells me everything I need to know about her character. Not only is she incredibly arrogant, but she seems to see lack of "intelligents" as some kind of virtue. And she is not the only one.

My biggest beef with the Right in this country is the rampant anti-intellectualism among its ranks. The funniest thing is that they claim to hate communists and socialists, but they have way more in common with them than they would like to admit. If you go back and research the rise of various authoritarian communist/socialist regimes, you will see that many were rooted in hatred for educated people disguised as populism. During the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, people were killed for actually looking too smart! Hatred of educated people combined with pandering to the "common man" almost always leads to violence, death and loss of freedom. There needs to be a liberal version of Glenn Beck so he can draw with his whiteboard and make these connections. Does anyone know of a black Nation of Islam member who is decent looking, articulate and media savvy? I think we could make a gold mine.

This disdain for educated, intelligent people is why individuals like Sarah Palin are so embraced by the Right. She knows this, so she doubles down on the dumb at every opportunity. I am sure that after her Twitter faux pas, people will embrace her even more. Her lack of grammar skills are seen as endearing. It makes her more folksy and real. And we all know how the Right loves all things real (Real Republicans, Real Conservatives, Real Americans, etc.) I guess they are not familiar with the phrase "when keeping it real goes wrong."


Talented_Ink said...

I'm glad somebody took a screenshot of Palin's "intelligents" seeing as how she was embarrassed enough to delete that tweet, but hasn't been embarrassed enough to admit she knows very little when it comes to politics, religion, or what the red lines underneath half of her words mean. I'm still in awe how so many have talked about Muslims in regards to them building mosques, but that's a different topic for a different time. Good blog.

Amaka said...

Thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoyed the post! I too find it interesting that she deleted her comment, but then made another tweet defending it and compared herself to Shakespeare.

Twitter has to be a publicist's worst nightmare.

Christelyn D. Karazin said...

Hey! Nice digs. Regarding Sarah: If this woman gets elected for ANYTHING ELSE besides Chief Bottle Washer I just may move to Sweden.

The disdain for intellectuals scares me because frankly, I think a BIG chunk of both parties (and the people who love them) lack the fortitude to run an ice cream stand, let alone the country. I don't know about everyone else, but I for one want someone SMARTER than me in charge of the most powerful country in the world. I don't know, just a thought.

Amaka said...

Hi Christelyn!

I always laugh when people accuse politicians of being "elitist." I don't know about you, but I want my leaders to be elite! I don't want the guy next door to be ruling this country. It is like we are so self-absorbed that we only want people who are "just like us" around. We can't "relate" to anyone who is more intelligent or educated than us.

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