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Sarah Palin doesn’t read for knowledge, she watches movies October 2, 2008

Posted by sliceof in American Politics.
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Here is a description of part of Katie Couric’s interview of Sarah Palin:

On a lighter note, Couric asked Palin how she liked to spend her free time, whether she read books?

“Oh sure, I have read a whole bunch,” said Palin.

‘What books have you read?” asked Couric, sensing an opening.

“Oh, y’know, different books … C.S, Lewis, he’s way, way deep. And I like Runners World, the magazine. I’m not into literature, the deep stuff. I’m so busy. If a book can’t grab my attention in the first paragraph, I have to put it down and do something else. I don’t read many books really, they’re not part of my life I guess. I’m not a book kinda gal. But I like movies.”

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I don’t know what to say.  “I have read a whole bunch”  and “I don’t read many books really” are said in less then a minute of each other.   How do you reconcile that?

The first thing that comes to her mind when asked what she reads is:

1. C.S. Lewis- Author of childrens fantasy books and sci-fi with a Christian agenda and also Christian apologetics.

2. Runners world- A sports magazine aimed at runners and authors of such gems as “101 KICKS IN THE BUTT

3.Movies-Glorified television shows

The content of what Sarah Palin considers reading is severely lacking.  However, my the biggest problem isn’t just that content of her reading is lacking.

“Reading books” in Sarah Palin’s mind is not associated with research or facts or history or current events or KNOWLEDGE in general.  “Reading books” to Sarah Palin is associated with fiction or stories or sports or movies or ENTERTAINMENT in general.

When an important document comes across her desk, does she pass it by if the first paragraph doesn’t grab her?  How does she develop her knowledge of policy?  How does she justify cutting one program over another without some empirical basis for making the decision?

We get a peek of how Sarah Palin views knowledge in her thoughts on “reading books.”  Books are the primary source of knowledge and facts in our society.  To Palin, they are merely entertainment.

This isn’t the only time Palin has expressed here dislike for books and knowledge.  In 1996, Palin asked the head librarian of Wasilla if she would ban books.  The librarian stood firm and refused to consider banning books.  Palin then asked the librarian to resign two different times before the librarian finally resigned. (source: Anchroage Daily News).

Palin also expressed her dislike for sex education.  I posted about this earlier. (A Traditional Christian Marriage).  Palin said she would not support sex-ed programs that explicitly talk about sex.  She supports abstinence only programs, even though they are consistently show to provide incorrect information and fail to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

Palin’s relationship with knowledge scares me.  She doesn’t seem to need knowledge.  So what does she base her decisions on?

She has a default.  God.  She can base her decisions on her interpretation of the bible.  She can base her decisions on the way she feels after she prays.  She need only to consult with God and her moral code to make decision for the rest of the world.

Tonight Sarah Palin debates Joe Biden.  I hope we see the Real Sarah Palin in more depth.   If we do,this debate is going to be a carnival of ridiculousness.