That Flatulent Thing Called Experience
November 13, 2008
When liberals, especially card-carrying members of that oxymoronicus maximus
called the "liberal intelligentsia,” couldn’t contain their sarcastic
guffaws while mocking Sarah Palin as "inexperienced,” I thought, "What the
hell, why take those hypocritical Goliaths seriously when they will lie any
lie, deny any principle, betray any friend, or sell out any (formerly
beloved) grandmother if it means advancing the dogmas of the Liberal
But when some conservatives began criticizing Governor Palin as an
unqualified vice-presidential candidate for lacking attributes observed only
in "experienced” public servants, I realized that the current spell of
atmospheric warming is responsible for a lot more than glacial subsidence.
Yes sir and ma’am, in a flash it dawned on me that the extra heat of earth’s
atmosphere is enough to boil off a gigabyte of memory per second from the
volatile brains of elitists whose office walls display very special domestic
diplomas (or foreign ones, such as a diplôme Sorbonne).
Such a loss is frightening in itself. However, it becomes horrendously
frightening when we realize that most prominent among the memories that have
wafted into thin air are very important facts about the history of
"experienced” leaders throughout the entirety of human history.
So, what to do about a boiling off of truth that has sent supercilious
elitists looking down at an "inexperienced” Sarah Palin over half lens
glasses? What else but play the Good Samaritan who refreshes desiccated
brains with facts about the flatulent nature of that thing called
First, however, this disclaimer about the body from which the facts are
Cognizant of the arguments that will arise when one chooses a few examples
of contributions made to society from the works of the astounding number of
genetically deformed sun gods, kings, queens, dictators, ministers of state,
troika members, participants in a gang of four, or other politicians who
have ever lived, I limited myself to focusing upon the deeds of a few highly
experienced public figures who have served the United States of America
since the sixties.
That said, I begin by arguing that our contemporary elites would not demean
Sarah Palin as "risky” if they could recall the accomplishments of the
highly experienced leaders who planned and executed the Vietnam War.
I’m thinking of impressively experienced Americans epitomized by Dean Rusk,
a Rhodes Scholar (Oxford University), colonel, assistant secretary of state
(Korean War), president of the Rockefeller Foundation, and Secretary of
The elites have also forgotten the stunningly experienced Robert McNamara
(Cal Berkeley) and all the other highly experienced politicians, advisors,
and bureaucrats who claimed they could perfect in Vietnam the idea of
"limited war,” the innovation that President Harry Truman and other hugely
experienced Democrats had invented for the Korean "Police Action.”
And gigabyte after lost gigabyte, the forgetting about experience goes on
and on and on as the rest of this piece will show.
Of all the experienced leaders who brought America unimaginable suffering
and humiliating defeat in Vietnam, none come close to matching the
experience of President LBJ, the former congressman, Senator, and
grab-fellow-Senators-by-the-collar Senate Majority Leader who raised the
concept of limited war to its apotheosis as he ordered the bombing of ten
thousand empty fields while keeping Ho Chi Minh’s collar meticulously
(We should not forget that in addition to his military accomplishments,
Johnson used his enormous experience to launch a war against poverty at
home, a war that bombed because the billions of money-stuffed ordnance he
dropped never landed within a mile of poor people, plopping, instead, into
the pockets of politicians, bureaucratic administrators, and politically
Of course, after Johnson, the Nixon/Kissinger team — exquisitely experienced
in practical politics and political science (first runner-up for the title
Oxymoronicus Maximus) — continued the limited Vietnam War for four more
years before throwing in the surrender towel.
Then, with Vietnam off his mind, Nixon, an eight-year VP and four-year
president, turned his experience loose on domestic affairs; and presto! the
idea of covering up the Watergate break-in from the Oval Office was born.
Ah, so many experienced leaders, so little time.
So, we jump ahead to the savings and loan debacle of the eighties, a mess
for which taxpayers picked up the dime — actually a couple hundred billion
in today’s dollars.
Here, we find that a number of indescribably experienced Democratic
controlled congresses employed their great corporate experience to legislate
dangerous favors for the savings and loan industry.
Then, highly experienced members of the Reagan administration teamed up with
highly experienced congressional Democrats and Republicans to make sure the
only outcome for the S&L industry was disaster with the Garn-St. Germain Act
(The duo of Senator Jake Garn, R-UT and Congressman Fernand St. Germain,
D-RI were possessed of highly specialized experience regarding the S&L
At this point, you may want to sit down before reading the names of two
House co-sponsors of that bill.
Are you seated?
O.K. They are Congressman Charles Schumer, today Senator Charles Schumer
(D-NY), and Steny Hoyer, still a congressman from Maryland.
Yes, those two gigantically experienced politicians are still serving the
nation as exemplified by their having joined with other deeply experienced
colleagues such as Barney Frank (D-MA) and Chris Dodd (D-CT) and
fantastically experienced "conservative” intellects such as Alan Greenspan
to make it possible for Fannie, Freddie, et al. to "spread the wealth” by
"spreading the mortgage loans.”
At this point, we leap to the Clinton administration, when America or
American interests were attacked almost annually by Islamist terrorists,
beginning with the bombing of the World Trade Center in ’93 and ending with
the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000.
What was the collective response of experienced, "intellectually curious”
President Bill Clinton (Georgetown, Oxford, Yale), co-president Hillary
(Wellesley, Yale), and VP, former Senator, experienced-since-birth politico
Al Gore (Harvard)?
Let’s answer that question with two other questions.
Can you recall a single national address (not to mention a series of
addresses) Bill Clinton gave to warn and educate the American people about
the threat of international Islamist terrorism?
Can you name one truly significant policy initiative Commander-in-Chief Bill
Clinton implemented in response to this profound threat to modern
"No” to both questions? Then, we’re off to the first decade of a new century
of a new millennium (but the same old human nature) with more questions.
The Iraq War
Who sent the buck of limited war in Iraq to the White House if not
impressively experienced, one-time bureaucratic wunderkind Donald Rumsfeld
(Princeton) and other equally experienced and impressively educated
bureaucrats throughout government?
Who, with regard to the initial Iraq strategy, sat behind the desk where
every federal buck stops if not George W. Bush (Yale, Harvard), a man
steeped in the traditions of one of the nation’s two most deeply experienced
The Mortgage Mess/Financial Debacle
Who are the people responsible for the two disasters noted above if not the
nation’s most experienced politicians, bureaucrats, and CEO’s?
Moreover, among the total population of that vastly experienced trio, there
are surely some who recognized what was really going on. However, who
thought it so enormously dangerous that he or she peeped not just a few
peeps but laid it all on the line for country, repeatedly and loudly issuing
warnings — even at the cost of being mocked as a mad voice shouting "repent
ye” in the desert?
Sadly, the facts presented above represent only a very few among thousands
of truths about experience forgotten by those who mock Sarah Palin.
As for me, I’ll try not to forget those truths because I want to remember
it’s not exclusively experience (just as it isn’t the ability to speak a
good show) that determines what kind of leader any man or woman will be.
Moreover, I don’t want any part of finding myself on the side of the obese,
power sucking monarchists who mocked Jefferson as an inexperienced,
idealistic buffoon who could never fill the shoes of a duke, much less a
— on the side of the cowardly, money sucking aristocrats who ridiculed
Washington as an arrogant, inexperienced paper-starred general who never
commanded a force of real fighting men.
— on the side of the elitist Americans who scorned Lincoln as a thoroughly
uncouth, war mongering, inexperienced frontier log splitter.
— on the side of the elitist Americans who derided Teddy Roosevelt as an
inexperienced, dangerous, bellicose "cowboy.”
— Because it wasn’t experience that got the faces of those truly great
leaders on Mount Rushmore.
— And because it is precisely the experience of so many big shots that will
cause them to be chiseled into the national memory . . . but in the image of
the issue that always results when a rapaciously swilling sow copulates with
a cowardly, feckless, arrogantly braying jackass.