In an effort to connect with all them good true real Americans out there, Gov. Sarah Palin last week laughingly denounced the study of fruit flies as frivolous and wasteful. This got hoots and hollers from the crowd. Hell, she even made fun of the fact that this research took place in Paris! That's France! Anything they do is crazy and elitist!
What Sarah Failin' failed to realize is that fruit fly research could lead to breakthroughs for treating things like autism. This stunning mockery of sensible thought comes from the mother of a child with Down's syndrome, from a vice presidential candidate who claims she'll be a tireless advocate for special needs children across America.
It's no wonder Palin still to this day cannot correctly define the responsibilities of the office of vice-president. This former beauty queen is a mental midget. She radiates arrogance and stupidity in equal measure. And the country is being asked to put her one heartbeat away from the presidency.
If these right-wing fundamentalist end-times Luddite whack-jobs want to live in the Stone Age, I say we let them do it. But they have to leave the rest of us the hell alone.
Give them Alaska. Seriously. Let's allow the whole damned state of Alaska to secede. Call it Sarah Arabia and build an armed, electrified and razor-topped wall around the damn thing.
Why, Todd Palin will be so huntin' dawg happy he'll piss his seal-skin britches. As a member of the anti-American secessionist Alaskan Independence Party, that dog-sleddin' bastard's been praying for this for years. And Sarah can have her own little nation where she can rule her subjects with Biblical impunity and wage spiritual warfare to her heart's content. Aw, you betcha!
But we must impose the following condition: It will be illegal for any nation to export any scientific advances to Sarah Arabia. That includes any treatments for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, autism, cancer, PMS, anything. They don't even get Blu-Ray.
And no air-drops from Neiman Marcus. So hang onto that wardrobe, Sarah baby.
Palin's nomination as McCain's VP candidate and her popularity among the hardcore fundamentalist fringe highlights how desperate things have become for the splintered GOP. She is not only anti-intellectualism, she's about as anti-American a candidate as we've ever seen.
With less than a week until the election, one thing is clear. The fundamentalist Christianist fringe element must be excised from the Republican party for it to survive. Then and only then can traditional moderate sane conservatives reclaim their place in the American political landscape. Until that happens, the GOP is doomed to spend years in the wilderness. We the people simply cannot let them assume any kind of power if these are the idiots they want in charge of the country.
Take it away as only you can, Christopher Hitchens:
This is what the Republican Party has done to us this year: It has placed within reach of the Oval Office a woman who is a religious fanatic and a proud, boastful ignoramus. Those who despise science and learning are not anti-elitist. They are morally and intellectually slothful people who are secretly envious of the educated and the cultured. And those who prate of spiritual warfare and demons are not just "people of faith" but theocratic bullies. On Nov. 4, anyone who cares for the Constitution has a clear duty to repudiate this wickedness and stupidity.