Sarah Palin, the hero of Haarlem and the Deepwater Horizon

We sometimes forget the great service that Sarah Palin provides by reminding us that all that Columbia/Harvard Ivy League nonsense obscures the genius of the American spirit, which relies on a small number of simple truths to answer just about any problem.  She was invited on the Bill O’Reilly show on June 15 to critique the President’s Oval Office remarks on the Deepwater Horizon disaster, because, as O’Reilly said, there is “not a governor in the United States who has more experience than you do dealing with the oil companies.”  O’Reilly dutifully led her through her talking points, which involved a three-legged stool and making sure that “all technology is being thrown at this problem.”  Reilly brought her down from her lofty rhetoric to give some handy advice.  And Palin gave it:  the President should bring in the foreigners and listen to American entrepreneurs.  But where her experience proved most helpful was her ability to cull wisdom from the unlikeliest places.  Who but a deep thinker would have thought of consulting Mary Mapes Dodge’s Hans Brinker for the solution? But there it was as plain as the nose on your face:

“They [the foreigners] can’t even get a phone call returned, Bill. The Dutch. They are known in the Norwegian. They are known for — for dikes and for cleaning up water and for dealing with spills. They offered to help and, yet, no, they too, with a proverbial can’t even get a phone call back. That is what the Norwegians are telling us, and the Dutch are telling us.”

There you have it.  We wouldn’t be in this mess if we had a President who didn’t go to Columbia and Harvard and instead had spent his time in America — not a madrassa mind you — learning about the Hero of Haarlem, who stuck his finger in the dike and saved all of the low country.

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