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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Most Admired

Gallup has their poll out of most admired people.  It’s the usual suspects.  Their most admired men are Obama, Bush II, Clinton, Mandela, Bill Gates, Benedict XVI, Billy Graham, Jimmy Carter, Glenn Beck and the Dalai Lama.  I can see Mandela, Gates and Graham, perhaps.  But most of the rest I wouldn’t put on my short list.  The same goes for the women—Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Oprah, Michelle Obama, Condi Rice, Elizabeth II, Angelina Jolie, Margaret Thatcher, Aung San Suu Kyi, Laura Bush and Barbara Bush.  Maybe on that list, I’d take Thatcher.

I posted on this two years ago and I stand by what I said then:

The survey is an unconstrained plurality, meaning that whatever name pops up the most leads.  Obama had 32% of the vote, Bush had 5%.  That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement from the public.  Those are probably the two most famous men in America.  For 60% of the public, their most-admired man is not McCain, Bush or Obama.  For 69%, their most-admired woman is not Clinton or Palin.

In fact, for most people, I would dare say that the person they most admire is someone they know, like a parent or a sibling or a friend.  That’s certainly the case for me.

I can’t take Gallup seriously until they start giving people a slate of candidates to vote up or down on.  When they seriously claim that Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in American based on a 17% showing, they’re just being stupid.

I’m not sure who I’d list at the top of people I most admire, now that Norman Borlaug is gone.  But there would be very few politicans on that list.  To be honest, I admire a janitor scrubbing filthy floors every night to keep his kids fed more than I can admire some pampered privileged Ivy League dipshit yammering at me about how little I appreciate his wonderfulness.

Last time I threw this out to the floor, I got vague comments about teachers and soldiers and such, rather than names.  But in a way, that answers the question entirely.  The bulk of Americans are decent, hard-working and moral.  They have no reason to look up to anybody.  And certainly not a bunch of vote-grubbing egotists.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 12/29/10 at 11:33 PM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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