"What makes a Leader we will Choose"
014.qxd 8/19/09 10:55 PM Page 1 14 ADVENTURE SPORTS OUTDOORS “THE VOICE OF THE AMERICAN SPORTSMAN” September 2009 think Americans- you know, came to the fore on that one, but just because they elected a bright guy doesn't mean they're bright. I found this passage interesting not because I believe Sarah Palin should or should not be President, but because it What makes a Leader a clarification from the HBO host on his started others discussing what is it we look "stupid country" label. Unsurprisingly, for in our political leaders. Many have we will Choose? Maher stood by it, even after the CNN president. Please, do I need to expand on taken Maher's meaning to be that we do The other night (7-27-09) I was watch- anchor defended the intelligence of the that anymore? Yeah, I do- I think this is, in not always elect the most intellegent lead- ing a political discussion when something country by invoking the election of Barack general- I mean, it's a big country- that's ers. I even heard one commentator explain- caught my attention. CNN anchor Wolf Obama: the great thing about it. There's 300 mil- ing the comments away by saying that Blitzer asked commentator Bill Maher WOLF BLITZER: Bill, a couple little lion people here. So, within this large Jefferson and the other founding fathers about the resignation of Sarah Palin, and clarifications, because we're getting flooded country, there are tens of millions of very wanted every "educated" citizen to be whether she had a future as a presidential with e-mail already. Earlier, Sarah Palin I bright, intelligent people- you know, the involved in the system, not necassarly candidate. Maher answered that she might asked does she have a future ahead and you ones who are watching us, not the ones everyone. I find that interesting too have a future as such, but also took the say- said something to the effect, I don't who are writing the e-mails. But, you because I find it hard to agree with this opportunity to mock the intelligence of the put anything past this stupid country. So, know, in general- gosh, you know, this when the Fonding Fathers started the American people: "I don't know about a people are already complaining that you're country just gets dumber and dumber by Declaration of Independence with a state- presidential candidate, but I would never calling the United States a stupid country. the day, and I don't think I have time on ment of: put anything past this stupid country- pos- I'm giving you a chance to clarify. your show to list all the reasons. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, sibly. I think she certainly could get the BILL MAHER: I don't need to clarify. It BLITZER: But you- but you- this coun- that all men are created equal, that they are nomination, considering what the is. try did elect Barack Obama president of endowed by their Creator with certain Republican Party has become and where BLITZER: Well, tell me why you think the United States. unalienable Rights, that among these are they are right now." the United States is a stupid country. MAHER: Look who he was running Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. After a commercial break, Blitzer sought MAHER: Because Sarah Palin could be against. Yes- I mean, look at the situation. - That to secure these rights, Governments I mean, this was after eight years of Bush, are instituted among Men, deriving their which was, you know, a- pretty much, a just powers from the consent of the gov- disastrous presidency. John McCain was erned, - That whenever any Form of not a very attractive candidate, and of Government becomes destructive of these course, he picked Sarah Palin to run beside ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or him. And, you know, given that choice, I to abolish it, and to institute new