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Friday, June 27, 2014

Jonah Goldberg Asks: Dishonest Or Stupid?

…but the mirror remains tactfully silent.  Nevertheless, Jonah goes on to bemoan the kaleidoscopic inconsistencies in Obama’s remarks about polyglot education.
“Now, I agree that immigrants should learn English. I agree with that. But understand this. Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English — they’ll learn English — you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish. You should be thinking about, how can your child become bilingual? We should have every child speaking more than one language.”
[I]t seems to me the central point is that this is either staggeringly dishonest or stupendously dumb.
As your high school composition teacher advised you, Jonah, “write what you know.”
Obama has a great gift at sounding insightful when he insipidly changes the subject to something completely different and more helpful to his cause.
“I just wish I knew how he did it!”
But, if Obama honestly thinks the argument against bilingualism has anything to do with the importance of teaching kids a second language, he really has no idea whatsoever what the argument is about.
So, changing the subject is evil and stupid?  Got it.
After all he was able to put a black religious demagogue into his magic hat and with showy rhetorical prestidigitation pull back his own racist grandmother.
Which only strengthens Jonah’s central point.
Posted by scott on July 9th, 2008

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