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Why not Palin?


Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Over the past few months, I've read a number of unhinged articles from both liberals and conservatives (so-called) about Sarah Palin. A number of commentators from both sides of political spectrum seem to believe that she is a lightweight nitwit who has virtually zero intellectual capacity.

Washington itself is overrun by "extraordinarily bright" Ivy Leaguers in the bureaucracy: Congress and the White House. Yet, we are in the midst of an awful recession, are spending at an unsustainable rate, and are accumulating an impossible debt. I have to ask, "How are we doing with all of those really brilliant elitists running our country?"

Not very well, are we? As a matter of fact these elitists have made an absolute and awful mess, and in so doing are endangering our country both from within and without.

One of the principle problems of the so-called intellectual class is that they assume that they have the brains and knowledge to solve virtually any problem. From the time someone recognizes that they have superior intellectual capability, he or she will have been repeatedly told how smart they are. Many of them learn to actually believe it. However, it does not follow that someone with a gifted intellect can think rationally or draw logical conclusions. Having a high IQ and Ivy League degree does not insulate one from errors of judgment. Critics of Palin seem to have as a premise that the very bright are not subject to the kinds of constraints and frailties that beset the rest of us.

History is full of scoundrels and idiots with immeasurably high IQs. Certainly, Lenin was extraordinarily bright. Mao Tse-Tung? You bet. Pol Pot? Yep. The fellow who not long ago flew his airplane into an IRS building? He was a computer programmer and you can't do that with a room-temperature IQ. How about the Harvard educated Ph.D. who killed three of her colleagues in Alabama?

But many on the left and on the right share a notion about an intellectual elitism that seems to be far more important than the ideas either the left or the right espouse and hold. Neither seems to like the fact that someone who is not an Ivy Leaguer can think and has ideas that most people in America understand, believe in, and actually work.

They also don't seem to appreciate that we commoners don't kowtow to the intellectual elite despite the fact that they demonstrate over and over again their very human limits and failures.

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Faith restored

Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

A couple of events recently restored my faith in the American electorate especially for the members of my generation and the baby boomers. It has to do with Paul Ryan's voodoo trickle down economics, his attack on the elderly and the poor and new fi ..... 
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Guest commentary-Freedoms

Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

There are five basic freedoms that people involved in humane livestock production are urged to practice. As a veterinarian, livestock producer, and meat eater, I certainly try to embrace these principals and would encourage others to do the same.
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Stormy Weather

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

A ruby-throated hummingbird whizzed past us. An eastern wood-pewee called and a rose-breasted grosbeak sang variations of his song never stopping to take a breath. We saw a few warblers,

indigo buntings, Baltimore orioles and other species. I ..... 
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One moment, please... You wouldn't D.A.R.E.?

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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Online at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com, I often post reader polls for you, our readers, to cast your vote on a variety of subjects.

The results of a recent onli ..... 
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Guest commentary: The Rushford Muni closes

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

By Robert Dahl, Rushford City Council Member

After an interminable time of losses, the Rushford muni is now closed. Asking the city tax payers to continue to support and pay for the losses it has sustained is untenable.

For a time aft ..... 
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One moment, please... Standing out in a crowd, 6/6/11

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
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Ya know, I never realized how invaluable a small school learning environment was until I lived here.

Yes, my graduating class was 472 students, so I have a very ..... 
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Thanks for the memories....

Fri, May 27th, 2011
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Many of you are probably old enough to recognize the title as Bob Hope's theme song. The rest of you are thinking, "Bob who?" Well, I am old enough to not only remember Bob Hope but to have learned how to type on a manual typewriter, play 50's music ..... 
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One Moment Please... A social disease

Tue, May 24th, 2011
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Divorce. Suicide. Bullying. Stalking. The stark reality is that enhancements in technology always comes with unintended consequences. While Facebook may seem all warm and fuz ..... 
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