Palin's small-town snobbery is faulty

Palin's small-town snobbery is faulty

There are 433 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 1, 2008, titled Palin's small-town snobbery is faulty. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Americans disdain snobbery in all its forms except the most popular one: reverse snobbery.

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proreviewer

Fort Collins, CO

#463 Oct 6, 2008
Yee Haw wrote:
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But...she makes it SO easy! She's as dumb as bricks. Let's face it, if she were male she'd have been run out of this election / off of the ticket within days of her being 'in' it to begin with. But, as a woman, it's been a tightrope to walk that would otherwise have been a canon to use to shoot her back to Alaska {or Idaho}. Just like the main export of her home state [Idaho], this spuds for you. Maybe if we stick a couple of electrodes in her at least we could get some electricity out of her, otherwise she's only good for pop'n out babies [all be the last one being defective and another made the 'choice' to get knocked up while an un-wed teenager - like mother like daughter] and to spout mindless religion. No education, training or experience to speak of as qualifications for the executive branch [and it IS the executive branch - no matter what Dick{'em} Cheney says] and, yet - she's on the ticket. Well, it's time to give this Barbie wannabe a new ticket - a ticket back to podunk'sville where she'd be in her element. America's not in the dark-ages - yet, but, give the McCain/Palin ticket a punch and we'll be headed directly forward into the past - where darkness ruled the earth. Of course, Mz. Palin's timelines will be rather skewed, since she believes {'knows'} that fossils are no more than 6,000 years old - from about the time of her running mate. Yee haw!
Agreed, the only dinosaur she believes in is John McCain
La La La

United States

#464 Oct 6, 2008
CherieL wrote:
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We aren't voting for a former revolutionary.
Of course, we could always bring up those videotapes the VC made of Mac denouncing the US while he was detained by them, while we're talking ancient history and non sequiturs.
Excellent point.

“keeping a watchful eye”

Since: Dec 06

Hwy 101

#465 Oct 6, 2008
Yee Haw wrote:
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But...she makes it SO easy! She's as dumb as bricks. Let's face it, if she were male she'd have been run out of this election / off of the ticket within days of her being 'in' it to begin with. But, as a woman, it's been a tightrope to walk that would otherwise have been a canon to use to shoot her back to Alaska {or Idaho}. Just like the main export of her home state [Idaho], this spuds for you. Maybe if we stick a couple of electrodes in her at least we could get some electricity out of her, otherwise she's only good for pop'n out babies [all be the last one being defective and another made the 'choice' to get knocked up while an un-wed teenager - like mother like daughter] and to spout mindless religion. No education, training or experience to speak of as qualifications for the executive branch [and it IS the executive branch - no matter what Dick{'em} Cheney says] and, yet - she's on the ticket. Well, it's time to give this Barbie wannabe a new ticket - a ticket back to podunk'sville where she'd be in her element. America's not in the dark-ages - yet, but, give the McCain/Palin ticket a punch and we'll be headed directly forward into the past - where darkness ruled the earth. Of course, Mz. Palin's timelines will be rather skewed, since she believes {'knows'} that fossils are no more than 6,000 years old - from about the time of her running mate. Yee haw!
As an Idahoan and Alaskan I can assure you Yee Haw that your post is pretty much exactly on the mark. You have great insite for an outsider and are totally correct in your assesment of Ms. Palin. She's totally clueless and could possibly be the worst part of a horrid ticket. Alaska still has many, many problems that Ms. Palin has refused to address. Alaskans appear to be more concerned about seat-belt safety than anything since her arrival on the scene. But if you want one thing (1) to get better in America, she's your lady. Take any issue that is popular and she'll pound it into the ground for us and forget all other issues. We will all be safer behind the wheel with Palin. But that's about it.

Since: Feb 08

Novi, MI

#466 Oct 6, 2008
Hellnobama wrote:
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"I don't regret setting bombs." --Bill Ayers, 2001, when Barack Obama was still maintaining their relationship by phone and email. What was Ayers' talking about? Bug bombs?
Ayers turned himself in 28 years ago. This is getting old. As Sarah herself said, you're living in the past, time to move on!

Since: Sep 08

Lisle IL

#467 Oct 6, 2008
CherieL wrote:
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Sadly, be definition, Todd Boy is also qualified to run for president.
Unless they convict him of committing a crime.
In due time, in due time.

Since: Sep 08

Lisle IL

#468 Oct 6, 2008
buyerbeware wrote:
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Talk about snobbery! Listen hotshot, rural America is the backbone of this nation --you don't find the inhabitants of rural America -getting $700 billion dollar bailouts like the thieves of Wall Street; they are not Enron or dot.com ; they don't run and hide over the border when their country needs them.
As far as the Ku Klux Klan --you are talking about a small segment of a population. As far as creationism goes -- each to their own belief. Life presents all humans with - things we know are true, things we know are not true and things we are just not sure about.
Not even science can provide an answers : What is outer space? how far does it go? Where did the material come from that resulted in the Big Bang? What was there before the Big Bang?
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen — not only because I see it, but because by it, I see everything else,” wrote C. S. Lewis.
Things like "if dinosaurs went extinct in a great ice age -how could birds have evolved from them?"
The Waco Kid: "You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know... morons."

Since: Sep 08

Elkhart, IN

#469 Oct 6, 2008
What about these facts? "Barack Obama's backers emailed reporters about the divorce controversy, but refrained from on-the-record commentary about the divorce files. On March 29, 2004, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Schnider ruled that several of the Ryans' divorce records should be opened to the public, and ruled that a court-appointed referee would later decide which custody files should remain sealed to protect the interests of Ryan's young child. The following week, on April 2, 2004, Barack Obama changed his position about the Ryans' soon-to-be-released divorce records, and called on Democrats to not inject them into the campaign. The Ryan campaign characterized Obama's shift as hypocritical, because Obama's backers had been emailing reports about the divorce records prior to Judge Schnider's decision."
It appears that the media filed the lawsuit due to pressure from Obama supporters.
Azdak wrote:
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Obama had nothing to do with the unsealing of Ryan's divorce records. The lawsuit was filed by WLS-TV and the Chicago Tribune. Rumors were coming out that there was damaging information and it became apparent that Ryan was trying to hide something.
Ryan's downfall was due to his own hubris and the hypocrisy of republicans.
He lied to Illinois state party leaders when they asked about the divorce records, saying they contained nothing damaging.
He lied to reporters by saying he was fighting to keep the records sealed because of his son. Court papers revealed that his main reason was to protect his political ambitions.
And once the papers were revealed it was REPUBLICANS who turned on him, not Democrats. They are the ones who forced him to drop out. I would have preferred that Ryan tell them to stuff it and run anyway, but his money dried up.
And lastly, even before the records were unsealed, Obama enjoyed a sizable lead in the polls.
You're entitled to your own opinion, not your own facts.
eva

Dothan, AL

#471 Oct 7, 2008
Yee Haw wrote:
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But...she makes it SO easy! She's as dumb as bricks. Let's face it, if she were male she'd have been run out of this election / off of the ticket within days of her being 'in' it to begin with. But, as a woman, it's been a tightrope to walk that would otherwise have been a canon to use to shoot her back to Alaska {or Idaho}. Just like the main export of her home state [Idaho], this spuds for you. Maybe if we stick a couple of electrodes in her at least we could get some electricity out of her, otherwise she's only good for pop'n out babies [all be the last one being defective and another made the 'choice' to get knocked up while an un-wed teenager - like mother like daughter] and to spout mindless religion. No education, training or experience to speak of as qualifications for the executive branch [and it IS the executive branch - no matter what Dick{'em} Cheney says] and, yet - she's on the ticket. Well, it's time to give this Barbie wannabe a new ticket - a ticket back to podunk'sville where she'd be in her element. America's not in the dark-ages - yet, but, give the McCain/Palin ticket a punch and we'll be headed directly forward into the past - where darkness ruled the earth. Of course, Mz. Palin's timelines will be rather skewed, since she believes {'knows'} that fossils are no more than 6,000 years old - from about the time of her running mate. Yee haw!
Compare to what Rev Wright spewed out in Obama's church, Palin's comments pales in comparison. And I noticed the left-wingers are much more vicious on their campaign- smearing. The party who put down God and what works--such as to work hard and do not wait for big government for life to be better for you! See, that's greed...when you always ask "WHAT IS THERE FOR ME?" is the party I take no part in. The leftist agenda have all the makings of a socialist, radical and everything we hold honorable will be thrown out of the window. You can smear with all the dirt you can think of on Palin. It's not working. Yee haw!

Since: Sep 08

Lisle IL

#473 Oct 7, 2008
eva wrote:
<quoted text> Compare to what Rev Wright spewed out in Obama's church, Palin's comments pales in comparison. And I noticed the left-wingers are much more vicious on their campaign- smearing. The party who put down God and what works--such as to work hard and do not wait for big government for life to be better for you! See, that's greed...when you always ask "WHAT IS THERE FOR ME?" is the party I take no part in. The leftist agenda have all the makings of a socialist, radical and everything we hold honorable will be thrown out of the window. You can smear with all the dirt you can think of on Palin. It's not working. Yee haw!
One of the reasons why the Democratic party is on the upswing is that people are finally waking up to the fact that the republicans have betrayed the middle class for almost 30 years. They pay lip-service and use cultural wedge issues, but, once in power they have a completely different agenda.

People are tired because they HAVE been doing what you propose--working hard and trying to make a better life for themselves. They are working two jobs, and going to school at night to learn more skills. They are doing everything they have been told to do since they were kids to realize the American Dream--but it's not working anymore. They are seeing their jobs shipped oversees, their pensions looted, their wages go down, their small businesses destroyed. They have heard their leaders preach about the glories of the "free market", but have now learned that, to a republican, "free market" only means freedom to rig the game in your favor.

It is disgraceful for someone like you to dismiss their struggles as "sitting back and waiting for big government". That's an empty cliche that was a lie 30 years ago and it's an even bigger lie now. The only people who are waiting for big government to take care of them are the Wall St bankers and the war profiteers who have made billions off the blood of our soldiers.

Other than no-bid contracts, probably the biggest government welfare program is the mortgage interest deduction. So, if you own a home, you are the biggest "Welfare Queen" around.

Since: Oct 08

Chicago

#475 Oct 8, 2008
I have lived in both and i would never raise my children anywhere but a small town preferably within driving distance of a great metropolitan city. The drugs problems of the cities have indeed migrated from the cities and the small towns without proactive and alert police can fall easy prey. But the problems come from the cities there is no doubt and small town USA is not perfect.

An advantage cities have is they tend to be more accepting of the more bizarre lifestyles. So, if you wish to be openly homosexual stay in boystown. If you wish to play the bongo on the street at 2 am stay in the City. If you a bit rigid live in the City.

Since: Mar 08

Forest Hills, NY

#476 Oct 9, 2008
Percival Constantine wrote:
<quoted text>There are so many things wrong with this statement, I don't even know where to begin.
First off, your central premise is extremely flawed. You say any attacks against Sarah Palin are attacks against regular Americans. By that logic, any attacks against Barack Obama are attacks against all black people, which makes you a racist. See how flawed that logic of yours is?
Second, Sarah Palin is not a regular American -- she's a fucking moron who knows less about American history than a high school student.
Third, do you really want someone who has average intelligent in one of the most powerful positions in the world? By that logic, do you want someone with average intelligence as your doctor? Or your lawyer? I don't, I want someone who is ridiculously smarter than me performing those jobs and I want someone who makes my bachelor's degree and my high GPA look like a five-year-old's crayon scribbling in comparison. I want a President who is embarrassingly more intelligent than me.
This idea of "I want someone just like me in charge of the most powerful nation and the biggest arsenal of nuclear weapons in the world" is complete bullshit. I wouldn't even trust Joe Six-Pack to feed my cat let alone see their finger on the button.
As much as you Republicans love to bash the big-city, college-educated, non-Christian liberal elites, there's something you should keep in mind: the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were thought up and written by big-city, college-educated, non-Christian liberal elites.
Look up elite in the dictionary -- it means good, it means intelligent. If these are things that you really don't want in the leader of the free world, then you need to be locked in a sealed chamber for the rest of your natural life to ensure that your stupidity doesn't contaminate the rest of the population.
I don't agree with the entire statement but I do agree with most of what you've stated. Although that is why we have electoral votes, hence fake democracy.
Mary

United States

#477 Oct 9, 2008
John Condon wrote:
I have lived in both and i would never raise my children anywhere but a small town preferably within driving distance of a great metropolitan city. The drugs problems of the cities have indeed migrated from the cities and the small towns without proactive and alert police can fall easy prey. But the problems come from the cities there is no doubt and small town USA is not perfect.
An advantage cities have is they tend to be more accepting of the more bizarre lifestyles. So, if you wish to be openly homosexual stay in boystown. If you wish to play the bongo on the street at 2 am stay in the City. If you a bit rigid live in the City.
So you are blaming the drug problems in your small town on the city. L O L, talk about snobbery and not taking responsibly for what’s going on in your community. I guess the city can blame small towns on people being openly homosexual here, since the homosexuals migrated here from the small towns
Mary

United States

#478 Oct 9, 2008
The initials for "Laughing Out Loud" was censored, wow

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