16 September 2008

Palin Obtains Coveted Heinlein Endorsement

In "Time Enough for Love", the master of SF wrote:
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." _via_BCP
Heinlein wrote for the multiply competent, and multiply competent wannabes. Palin no doubt possesses a greater number of skills than the above, but it is a start. Search the Al Fin sidebar under the "Alternative Curricula" section for the John David Garcia curriculum. That is the starting point for an Al Fin school for competent future adults. But Palin grew up in small town Alaska, where girls and boys are traditionally expected to learn basic skills for survival in an unkind environment. She learned lessons that Heinlein would approve of.

Of course the psycho-neotenates in and around the Obama candidacy would never have even half a clue about why real-life people who understand the importance of basic competencies would be attracted to a fellow traveler. That is why Obama's attack dogs are frightened and confused by this inexplicable phenomenon. Obama's media force at the NYT has been shooting blanks, as have Obama's deputies in the broadcast media.

The endorsement was bestowed by the Chicago Boyz, and heartily endorsed by Al Fin--one of the few bloggers posting on this topic who has actually heard Heinlein speak at a space conference.

As for what Heinlein would think of Obama, don't ask. Heinlein never even gave the time of day to phonies. And spotting Obama as a phony takes less than a second, even for Al Fin, who looks for the best in all people.

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Blogger Bob said...

Heinlein in his book Expanded Universe, which was a collection of stories, polemical writings and predictions, wrote a small summary of his laundry list of wishes for the US in the chapter "The Happy Days Ahead." Titled Over The Rainbow, his totally inexperienced female VP who becomes President on the unexpected death of her running mate implements a libertarian/pragmatist reform government that includes totally open borders, return to the Gold Standard and the Pauper's Oath, simplification of the US Code via a Constitutional Amendment, and other innovations. It's worth a read, but I don't think Sarah Palin, as talented as she is, fits well into Heinlein's template for this woman.

Wednesday, 17 September, 2008  
Blogger neil craig said...

Not a great fan of such proxy endorsements but Heinlein's Expanded Universe ends with a happy scenario where a female Vice Presidential candidate |(black but actively opposed to diversity entitlement) succeeds to the post & brings about a renaissance. I understand he also tried to persuade Jeanne Kirkpatrick to run for president.

Wednesday, 17 September, 2008  
Blogger al fin said...

Sarah Palin would not fit into anyone's template for a fictional character. She is simply too complex and real.

When looking at her multiple competencies, she is much closer to the Heinleinian ideal than the empty blog rorschach blot Obama, or the consummate team player Mr. Gray Biden. McCain is something of a maverick, and had to be competent enough to fly military jets, and to survive 5 years of brutal imprisonment without going insane or killing himself.

But Palin is young enough to acquire an enormous number of new skills and competencies, whereas with McCain and Biden, what you see is what you get.

Obama has never demonstrated any particular competence except as his daughters joyously proclaim: "all daddy knows how to do is talk!" Obama's wife Michelle agreed wholeheartedly with the sentiment.

Wednesday, 17 September, 2008  
Blogger mnuez said...

I hope that you actually answer my question rather than choosing not to publish it because I'm truthfully interested in knowing the answer:

Are you related to Sarah Palin? For a rational, highly intelligent and highly learned individual your quite the Sarah Palin fan. This isn't to say that she isn't impressive in this or that but you seem to have some sort of mother-bear visceral, fierce, feelings regarding her and those who oppose her that seem to transcend any logical explanation I can think of. Does she remind you of an old girlfriend? a wife? a daughter? or is there some other aspect of her life story that your emotions have latched onto for some empathic reason?

Honest to God, I have to assume something like the above because I can think of nothing else that makes any sense. Are you sufficiently self-objective to be able to consider it dispassionately? And if you do choose to do so, I'd be in awe of you if you chose to publicly share the findings of your expedition. Lord knows few people would be able to.



Sunday, 21 September, 2008  
Blogger al fin said...

Mnuez: Your comment is rather amusing. It says far more about your own prejudices than about any views of my own.

Have you heard of Sandra Bernhard's "threat" toward Palin of having her gang-raped by "her black brothers" in Harlem? That is typical of the attacks against Palin, although more honest than most.

The media has been even worse than its normal ultra-biased self in this situation. Personally, if it were up to me I would take a more Heinleinian approach to this situation.

Sunday, 21 September, 2008  

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