Monday, September 07, 2015

Confused About The English Language

In what Digby calls"a fine whine from Rush Limbaugh," Rush Limbaugh on Thursday claimed

This was even done to Reagan, folks. Reagan was running for president, he and the other candidates were asked if they knew the names of various obscure heads of state -- these questions are never ever asked of Democrats, by the way. Make note of this. 

The question that Trump got, Democrats will never get those questions in the normal ebb and flow of things. Hillary will never get them. Clinton will never get them, never did. 

It's just they are questions that are designed to further the narrative that Republicans are just not bright, they're just not hip, they're just, and when it works on one of them, then every other Republican is going to get the same treatment. 

The following day Hewitt, who referred to President Obama as "the most divisive leader of the modern era," stated that he did not ask Trump a "gotcha" question and asks probing questions of any candidate of either party he gets to interview.

Limbaugh, eager to keep peace within among his fellow right-wing Republicans, informed his audience that Hewitt "asked the same questions later of Carly Fiorina (and) she was able to ace them all."  "Democrats will never get those questions," Limbaugh complains, yet Hewitt is a "solid guy, nice guy." He has "no problem with Hugh Hewitt," who allegedly asks "questions that are designed to further the narrative that Republicans are just not bright...."

Hewitt claimed "Carly Fiorina handled them easily enough (both interviews were prerecorded and Fiorina has no idea what the question set was or how Donald Trump had answered them," which would suggest that such a question, asked by a Republican or a Democrat, can be practically meaningless (as well as practically a dictionary definition of a "gotcha question").

Such questions were handled well by an individual who otherwise had eliminated 30,000 jobs at Hewlett-Packard but who believes the minimum wage destroys jobs.   They were aced, Rush Limbaugh contends, by a candidate who days later contended the USA, which has accepted 1,000 Syrian refugees while Austria, by contrast, has taken in more than 12,000, has "done its fair share in terms of humanitarian aid."

But those simply are remarks which reflect the ideological bent of someone who couldn't get herself elected to the US Senate (or probably dogcatcher) and nearly ran a major company into the ground but who believes herself qualified to be President of the United States. If Fiorina exhibited some knowledge of foreign affairs, she at best knows only that area of policy or (notwithstanding Hewitt's protestation to the contrary) had an idea what was coming.  Elsewhere, a dearth of knowledge was exhibited (beginning at 0:47 of the video below) as

Republican presidential candidate and former technology executive Carly Fiorina said English is the official language of the United States during an interview with CNN's "New Day" on Thursday.

In case anyone forgot, there is no federal official language.

The topic of America's official language resurfaced because former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been using his fluent Spanish on the campaign trail in order to woo Hispanic voters.

"I admire the fact that Jeb Bush is multilingual. I admire the fact that so many people are multilingual, and I also think English is the official language of the United States," Fiorina told CNN.

Fiorina might have explained that many states have an "English official" (not "English only") law but probably unlike a vast majority of Americans, is unaware there is no official language in the USA.   That is a far more fundamental gap in knowledge than being unable to distinguish, as in Donald Trump's case, between Quds and Kurds.  It appears that Carly Fiorina knows as little about American culture as she does about how to run a company.

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