Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Not even wrong

I vividly remember the following conversation from high school:
Female friend: Someday a woman will be president.

Male friend: No. Women aren't capable of leading an entire nation.

Female friend: But Margaret Thatcher was prime minister of Great Britain for many years!

Male friend: Oh yeah. Well, everyone knows that it's really the Queen who runs things over there.

Female friend: ...
For some reason I am reminded of this whenever I read about the bizarre things people are saying about health care reform. Such as the notion that if Stephen Hawking were British he "wouldn't have a chance" under the National Health Service. Or Medicare recipients protesting against "socialized medicine." Or Sarah Palin talking crazy talk about "death panels" that don't exist. Sigh.

3 comments:

Karen said...

Ah yes, ironic ignorance.
What a funny conversation!
Loved the click through to the Stephan Hawking discussion...
Mom

Keith said...

I can remember who said it. I'll keep that in mind any time I think about joining Facebook.

Tim said...

Hi Keith - heh .