In my last post I wrote about how the glorification of “Joe Six Pack”-ism is comparable to Communism. Obviously that’s a rhetorical exaggeration- but there is some truth to it. From all appearances, Sarah Palin is, in fact, intellectually “uncurious,” much like George W. Granted, she did a lot better in last night’s debate than many thought. But still there was the glaring lack of substance and refusal to answer with specifics, and the “I’m just a simple hockey mom” stance.
This, in my mind, is indicative of the larger anti-intellectualism pervasive on the right. I don’t know when it happened that being intelligent, having intellectual curiosity, knowing about our country’s history, being aware of what is going on in the world and wanting to know more, and being able to articulate it somehow became something people should be embarrassed about. When is it that being a “C” student became something to be proud of, and the “A” students should hang their heads in shame because they are culturally elite or some other such nonsense?
One of the major horrific accomplishments of communism was the purging of the intellectuals- the glorification of the uneducated, and perhaps, the ones able to be easiest led like lambs to their own slaughter. Those in charge knew that it was key to get rid of those who knew something.
It should never be an embarrassment to be aware of the world, to be curious about it, to know something, and to be proud of knowing something. It should be something we all aspire to, within our own intellectual limits, and something considered to be an accomplishment.