I thought it would be fun to point out the latest example of Palin Derangement Syndrome. In two separate interviews (with Couric and recently with Barbara Walters) Sarah Palin reveals that one of her favorite authors is C.S. Lewis. In her typical derisive voice Joy Behar asks “Aren’t those children’s books?” Had Behar actually ever read a book she may know that Lewis wrote many many books outside of Narnia and was a Don at Oxford (also my favorite author).

The left loves to portray this fantasy that Palin is some snowbilly from Alaska who doesn’t have any of the right credentials to be a president. Who can forget the tweet sent out by supposed independent journalist Gwen Ifill and retweeted all over the left side of the web because Palin was an idiot because she said the right was going to “party like it’s 1773″ instead of 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed. What a moron!!!!eleventy!!!111. Ooops, what’s that you say, oh the actual Tea Party happened in 1773.

This insipid desire in both political parties to have candidates with the “right” credentials is very tiring and infuriating. I want to pick up on Michael Flarherty’s theme in the WSJ article linked above. I really liked the thesis of the article, he talks about the problem with Eustace in the “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” was that he had “read all the wrong books” and thus was utterly unprepared for his adventures in Narnia, whereas Lucy and Edmund had read books about fairytales, etc. and knew what they were in for.

The parable as just as apt today I think. One of the common failures of the modern society is people put to much stock in reading the “right” books to impress people. Thus they often miss what is fundamental about the human condition: compassion, mercy, faith, charity (and their corollaries greed, malice, cold-heartedness and selfishness). The ruling class in Washington (both on the Right and the Left) are constantly worried about what they can do to make our lives better, such as forcing healthcare on everyone, instilling salad bars for our fat children and outlawing happy meals. They participate in this endless nannyism because they believe with a clean conscious that they know best because they went to the right schools and read the right books and know the right people. This brings another quote by C.S. Lewis to mind:

“Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

Of course the point being that at least crooks may sometimes feel bad about what they are doing whereas the moral busybodies know they are doing what is best for us and have no qualms about forcing it upon us (see Mao, Stalin, Che, Castro etc. etc.).

In the dedication to “The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe” Lewis wrote to his Goddaughter Lucy “You are already too old for fairy tales . . . but some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” As I’ve been reading my own children the Chronicles of Narnia again (in preparation for the movies) I’ve found that Lewis was right, as a children these fairy tales have one meaning, now that I’m middle aged these books offer quite another.

So cheers to reading the “wrong” books, I hope everyone does.