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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, January 11, 2010

Beware the self annointed

Why is it no one ever challenges someone's claim that their elevation is "part of god's plan," despite the fact that history has shown us again and again that those who claim "specialness" in god's eyes are almost always trouble?
Schmidt said he asked Palin about her serenity in the face of becoming "one of the most famous people in the world." He quoted her as saying, "It's God's plan." Palin has not ruled out a run for the presidency.

Related: And it seems the more spiritually certain of role, the less prepared. (I'm sure there's a psychological treatise there.)
"Her foreign policy tutors are literally taking her through, 'This is World War I, this is World War II, this is the Korean War,'" Heilemann told "60 Minutes." "This is the -- how the Cold War worked. Steve Schmidt had gone to them and said, 'She knows nothing.'"

Oh, and while we're talking about the unqualified, self anointed who were promoted by the great and wise, appearing on Sunday television every week John McCain, Joe the Plumber (who you'll remember is a tax dodger, a racist, and not actually a plumber,) is going to be "barnstorming" Arkansas for the Republican Senate challenger.

Who shows up for that? Who shows up in rural Arkansas to hear "Joe the Plumber?"


  • I think this is kind of an American thing; tied to the notion of American Exceptionalism and the growing value we place on charismatic ignorance over rational intelligence.

    In a sense all Americans see themselves as self anointed experts on any and all topic: from bio-chemistry to Islam. We don't need to learn anything, we are simply imbued with exceptional American "common sense". Thus, what we think -- what we believe -- is ipso facto truth. Just because.

    One need look no further than cable "news" and its audience to see this.

    By Blogger -epm, at 9:17 AM  

  • Sort of a renaissance man of ignorance?

    What's interesting to me is that the less the knowledge, the more the certainty, but, of course, I guess that's the point.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 12:18 PM  

  • "What's interesting to me is that the less the knowledge, the more the certainty, but, of course, I guess that's the point."

    You hit the nail on the head. These used to be the minority -- back when education and experience were respected. But now I think we've reached a critical mass of ignorance-empowerment.

    By Blogger -epm, at 2:46 PM  

  • Ambition and ignorance seem to feed on each other.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:29 PM  

  • WPM, Well, we have a political party that requires a certain amount of ignorance to push its positions. anti-global warming. anti- health regulation, etc.

    .... Anon, yeah.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 4:53 PM  

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