Sarah Palin has been getting a lot of press coverage lately. She gave a highly publicized speech at a national Tea Party gathering. She's done some interviews for the press and of course has a job with FOX News as a political commentator. Much of the buzz has been regarding the question of whether she'll run for President of the United States and if so will she run as a Republican or will she become the face of a new party.
I don't have much to say on whether she'll try, but I am deeply concerned about the popularity she has attained, which at least implies she has a decent chance at getting elected someday. This is an attitude that I've heard conservatives characterize as people being afraid of Sarah Palin.
Well, I for one am frightened of the idea of her as President of this country. She is not intellectually prepared for the job as the most powerful person on the planet, nor does she seem to possess (or even value at all) the critical thinking skills needed to become prepared or undertake the responsibilities of the office.
But that pales in comparison to what really scares me about her -- which is that her popularity seems to be based exactly upon her utter lack of suitability for the office. People seem to love that she is "one of them" or that she is a "working mom who faces the same daily issues that they do." These are perhaps influences for who to support in a school board election, but these things should NOT be qualifications for the President of the United States of America.
I don't want a President who is like me. I don't want a President that I can hang out with. I want a President who is better educated, smarter, better informed, and more capable than I could ever be. Having an idiot in the office doesn't elevate me, it demeans the Presidency and the whole country.