When former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin defended her reality show by saying Ronald Reagan was an actor, the you-know-what hit the fan. The comparison so angered former Reagan speech writer Peggy Noonan that she responded with an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, writing that Palin’s comments were – quote – “ignorant even for Mrs. Palin”. And Noonan labeled Palin a “nincompoop”.
Noonan also wrote: “Here is an old tradition badly in need of return: You have to earn your way into politics. You should go have a life, build a string of accomplishments, then enter public service. And you need actual talent: You have to be able to bring people in and along. You can’t just bully them, you can’t just assert and taunt, you have to be able to persuade. Americans don’t want, as their representatives, people who seem empty or crazy. They’ll vote no on that”.
Remember, these words were written not by me, but by Peggy Noonan … a conservative Republican who wrote speeches for Ronald Reagan.
Our thought for today is from Mark Twain:
“The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.”