“Stupid is as stupid does” is one of the most memorable quotes from the 1994 film, Forrest Gump. Forrest Gump received Academy Awards for the Best Film, Actor, Director, Film editing, Visual Effects, and Adapted Screenplay. So why did we love and respect Forrest Gump so much, but have no respect or love for Sarah Palin? Let me count the ways.
- Both Gump and Palin are limited intellectually. The difference is that Gump recognized his limitations. When he said “I’m not a smart man” he demonstrated that he was not proud. He was realistic about his limitations, and didn’t try to pretend that he knew more than he did. Palin is proud and unrealistic.
- Forrest said, “Bubba was my best, good, friend.” When the Lieutenant asked if Forrest and Bubba were twins, Gump said, “No Sir, we are not relations.” Forest didn’t see the color of Bubba’s skin, so it didn’t seem foolish for his Lieutenant to ask if he was related to Bubba. Even Palin’s own father indicated that she was uncomfortable with people in Hawaii who had different ethnic backgrounds from Sarah’s.
- Gump served in the military and repeatedly risked his life for others including Lieutenant Dan. He didn’t risk his life for fame or fortune. He repeatedly risked his life because he was fundamentally a good person and a true humanitarian. Palin uses the military for personal gain. She has never served herself, and is the opposite of a humanitarian. Palin even uses her own children for personal gain, instead of dedicating herself to improving their lives.
- Forrest Gump was born with a mental and physical handicap. Gump overcame his physical handicap, and became stronger because of it. He lived a happy life in spite of his mental handicap because he worked hard and was not pretentious. Palin had no physical handicap to overcome. Instead of working hard, she quits. Instead of admitting and embracing her limited intellect, she is pretentious and suggests that she is smarter than the President of the United States.
- Gump, unknowingly helped a “bumper sticker guy” while he was running down the street and ran through a pile of dog shit. The bumper sticker guy said, “WOAH! Man, you just ran through a big pile of dog shit!” Forest said “It happens”. Forrest Gump didn’t claim the right to the bumper sticker, but was glad to help someone else realize their fortune. Palin is only interested in increasing her personal fortune, and would never help someone else if she didn’t benefit personally.
- When Jenny told Forrest, “Run Forrest run”, she was encouraging Forrest to help himself and prevent getting beaten by mean-spirited boys. Nobody is telling Palin to “run” and most people would like to see her beaten in any race she would enter.
- Mrs. Gump explained to her son, “Life’s a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you’re gonna get.” With Palin we know what we will get, and we are repulsed by it. If you eat too much chocolate you’ll make yourself sick, and if Palin should ever occupy the White House, we would all be sick.
Even though Forrest Gump is known for the saying “stupid is as stupid does,” Gump inspired us with his wisdom and insight. Palin fails to inspire us. When we hear the phrase, “Stupid is as stupid does,” the image of Sarah Palin is the first thing that comes to mind.
If the only name on a ballot were “Sarah Palin” I’d write in the name “Forrest Gump.” He would make a better President than Palin, I have more respect for him, he has more “common sense” than Sarah Palin ever had, and he was always honest. Palin is “palin’ by comparison”.