You all know who Sarah Palin is, so let's skip that. She's been among the names floated for Secretary of the Interior. But this post is not about Sarah Palin per se. She is merely a stand-in for lots of primitive humans who will be put in powerful positions when real things start to happen in the coming months and years.
For example, Steven Mnuchin, "a 17-year-veteran of Goldman Sachs who now works as the chairman and chief executive of the private investment firm, Dune Capital Management," is a candidate for Secretary of the Treasury. He may not be as outrageous as Sarah is but from my point of view, he's just as primitive, though in different ways. After all, Donald really likes him!
I will define "primitive" in a future post, or series of posts. Take that as read for now.
So, what is my Sarah Palin Problem?
It is easy state but from my point of view not easy to deal with
The problem is what the hell do I write about humans as primitive as Sarah Palin?
The more "reasonable" people whose Flatland characteristics I describe here engage in sophisticated forms of filtering. Their biases are well concealed, especially from themselves. Etc. From my point of view, there's something to sink your teeth into. There are hidden agendas (instincts, biases, defenses, etc.) to uncover.
But with Sarah Palin, there's virtually nothing to say along these lines. With her and other primitives just like her, it is literally true that what you see is what you get. On the environment, for example, she is in a state of pure denial, which is the most primitive form of Flatland filtering.
In this and other similar cases the words "truth" and "reality" have no meaning. So-called "reality" is what Sarah Palin says it is, and that's it. End of discussion. When I called out climate journalist Dave Roberts, as I did the other day, it's because he's willing to look at some aspects of reality but not others.
But with Sarah Palin, human-caused global warming simply does not exist. What can you say about that? There's nothing subtle about it. Yes, we get bullshit (motivated reasoning). We get various post-hoc rationalizations, but they exist at several removes from reality.
Insane? Sure! But deconstructable? No.
As I told DOTE reader Jim in private communication lately, I write about mammals on this blog. About reptiles, I have nothing to say. That's my Sarah Palin problem.