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A perfectly ignorant end to 2011

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry's brain (actual photo)

Somehow it seems only fitting that the most ignorant thing anybody said this year appears in a news story on the last day of the year, and it seems even more fitting that it emerges from the Republican presidential candidates' campaigning in Iowa, in which the proportion of dollars spent to voters reached makes about as much sense as trying to fly to the moon with an umbrella and a bicycle.

Having said that:

This is from an Associated Press story I spotted this morning:

[Texas Gov. Rick] Perry, at a fundraiser Friday, endorsed English as the national language. A voter at a county Republican Party fundraiser in Iowa expressed frustration with seeing products carrying directions in multiple languages, and said he'd like English to be made the official language of the United States. Perry told the man that he agreed with him.

As for the man who dislikes seeing more than one language on products: English is the de facto official language of the United States. The president speaks English. The members of Congress speak English. The State of the Union address is delivered in English. Bills and laws are written in English. Those products he's complaining about have English written on them. And on and on. This man clearly is as ignorant as an ear of government-subsidized corn grown in Iowa to be turned into ethanol.

As for Gov. Perry, he may have set a new low in terms of readiness to pander to the "us" and "them" mentality that courses through the political bloodstream these days like a pathogen. If he weren't obviously whoring for votes, it would be easy to say he's as ignorant as the man he was speaking to. The whoring for votes, though, drags him to a moral level beneath that of Mr. Corncob English.

Just another example of how our nation is turning louder, meaner and dumber by the day.


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Dec. 31st, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
So let's see -- clearly we can't import anything from Canada any more, right? Since they have products with (gasp!) French written on them.

Great post, as always, felixwas. Happy new year to you and your lady.
Dec. 31st, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
Quite clearly, Mr. Corncob English doesn't realize that products with more than one language on them are also meant to be sold in markets overseas, which helps our trade deficit, which is the economic problem our so-called Political Leaders should be focusing on instead of the deficit.

And here's hoping for a great 2012 for you and Steve.
Jan. 1st, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
You mean there's a world outside of America?? Gasp, shock.
Jan. 1st, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
And everyone out there should be forced to speak English. It says so in the Bible.
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