Dumbing Down

So, apparently, it’s some sort of unpardonable affront for the president to assume his audience has a 9th grade education.  Well hell, judging by the lunacy we’ve seen over the past year or so, I could have told him he was giving them way too much credit.  I mean, I really don’t want to believe that a complete run through Grade 12 produced some of the idiots I’ve seen holding misspelled signs and still repeating the same disproven conspiracy theories over and over again.

Sure, after eight years of George “See Spot Run” Bush, I can understand how hearing a president use words tougher than the ones found in the average TV Guide crossword puzzle might seem a little jarring.  And I can see how having to listen to an intelligent, well-spoken black man who’s not talking about having just won a sports championship can be a little perplexing to some people.

But people, he’s the President of the United States.  And I’d much prefer he talk to me like the mature adult I am than as some half-educated moron who needs his hand held through the more difficult parts of a Curious George book.  Even if he’s saying something I don’t particularly want to hear, or even agree with, I’d rather it be done intelligently, and with the assumption that I share that intelligence.

Here’s a sentence this so-called expert singled out as being particularly troublesome:

That is why just after the rig sank, I assembled a team of our nation’s best scientists and engineers to tackle this challenge — a team led by Dr. Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and our nation’s secretary of energy.

Yeah, I can see that sending Mr. and Mrs. Red State scrambling for the thesaurus.  Which they probably don’t know the meaning of.  Oh who am I kidding, they probably don’t even own one.

I’m sorry, if you can’t comprehend that sentence, if you find it “too intelligent”, then you know what?  You’re an idiot.  And you don’t deserve to have an opinion on what he’s talking about.  If something has to be parsed out in language that wouldn’t be out of place on Sesame Street for you not to feel the President of the United States is being too smart for his own good, then to hell with you.  You’re not needed or wanted in the process.  You’re not smart enough to deserve it.

And for the benefit of those people, for whom that last sentence probably had too many SAT words for their liking, let me put it this way:

You stupid.  Shut up.


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