Matt Damon on Sarah Palin

Yeah, yeah, I understand that Matt Damon has no more credibility than any other average person, and that his clout comes from having made some great movies rather than being a viable source for political commentary. However, given my growing disdain for Sarah Palin, I can’t help but post this video due to its valid insight, my agreement with him, and its humor.

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4 Responses to “Matt Damon on Sarah Palin”


  1. 1 thinkpoint October 1, 2008 at 3:09 am

    I hope Obama scares Damon just as much or more. If not, Damon’s judgement is badly suspect. Is he rational or driven by bias?

  2. 2 ericroorback October 1, 2008 at 6:56 am

    Based upon this video alone I have no idea what his thoughts are on Obama. However, from the sound of his comments he doesn’t seem to be unfairly biased. He makes several comments inquiring about Gov. Palin, albeit more personal than political, and doesn’t seem to just dismiss her off hand.

    My personal relationship to U.S. politics is rather ambivalent. Any election, in my opinion, is a choosing of the lesser evil. In this particular election, my choice for Obama over McCain and Palin is based on Gov. Palin’s explicit Christian Nationalism. Speaking as a deeply committed Christian, I’m far more terrified by an American Christian Nationalist than I am by an unbeliever who seems capable of making fairly careful decisions for the country. Particularly in the U.S., there is an idolatrous wedding of the Republican Party with many Evangelical Christians, primarily due to the typically Republican stance on the issues of abortion and homosexuality. Through this wedding of beliefs what takes place is the advancement of Republican ideology (which i recognize isn’t all bad, nor is Democratic ideology all good) with divine sanction. Whenever any religious belief is wedded with a nationalist ideology it creates a surefire recipe for disaster. While i’m sure that Palin is probably a great person in everyday life, my desire, which I feel compelled by because I am a Christian, is to not support such a ticket, and spare the world of the events that would take place, in Jesus’ name.

    As a final comment, In all fairness the “rational/bias” distinction is a bit assumptive. We all operate according to biases of one form or another, whether they are good or bad ones, and very rarely, if ever, does anyone operate purely from a bias without some rational justification. However, just because something is rational doesn’t mean that it is true. This was one of the major pitfalls of the Enlightenment era that equated rationality with truthfulness, assuming that since the world had a Rational order (which I’m not sure it does, at least in this sense of the word), then the methods of science (i.e. using the capacities of Reason) when applied by a detached (unbiased) observer could lead to Truth. Sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn’t. Nobody, though, ever makes decisions based solely on reason and rationality. There is always an underlying commitment or bias.

  3. 3 thinkpoint October 2, 2008 at 1:43 am

    Good point about bias. Perhaps it’s an issue of degree. It’s hard to take some people seriously because they wear their bias so blatantly on their sleeve. These are people who are hard to “reason” with.

  4. 4 James J. February 11, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    ericroorback:Speaking as a deeply committed Christian, I’m far more terrified by an American Christian Nationalist than I am by an unbeliever who seems capable of making fairly careful decisions for the country. Particularly in the U.S., there is an idolatrous wedding of the Republican Party with many Evangelical Christians, primarily due to the typically Republican stance on the issues of abortion and homosexuality.

    What? You’re a deeply committed Christian? Since when was murdering babies and homosexuality not condemned in the Bible? Have you heard of the Christian Founding Fathers?


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