Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Necessity of Blinking

Sam Harris is alarmed at the combination of ignorance and confidence in the candidacy of Sarah Palin:

I believe that with the nomination of Sarah Palin for the vice presidency, the silliness of our politics has finally put our nation at risk. The world is growing more complex—and dangerous—with each passing hour, and our position within it growing more precarious. Should she become president, Palin seems capable of enacting policies so detached from the common interests of humanity, and from empirical reality, as to unite the entire world against us. When asked why she is qualified to shoulder more responsibility than any person has held in human history, Palin cites her refusal to hesitate. "You can't blink," she told Gibson repeatedly, as though this were a primordial truth of wise governance. Let us hope that a President Palin would blink, again and again, while more thoughtful people decide the fate of civilization.
Palin should learn to blink in Juneau, where the damage she does in the meanwhile will be limited, not in Washington DC. May we all return to not caring whether or when Sarah Palin learns about the realities beyond hunting moose, speaking in tongues, and divvying the spoils of state government.

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