Condescension from the Daft
Jon Stewart once said of President George W. Bush that “it’s not that he’s stupid, it’s that he talks to us like we’re stupid.”
We have our own kindergarten dialect in the Alaska State Senate.
During her last campaign, in a newly drawn district, Sen. Cathy Giessel used a Chamber of Commerce forum in Seward to greet her new constituents by showing the locals a map of their area—pointing out to them where they are, and what towns one passes en route to Anchorage. (Whoa, slow down, Senator! Even though we live here and have driven to Anchorage and back countless times, you’re going to have to speak more slowly! We’re way too daft to grasp where we are on the map.)
What makes this behavior truly maddening of course is the fact that those perpetrating it tend to be, shall we say, something less than intellectual powerhouses themselves. Condescension is bad. Condescension from a stupid person is worse.
Which brings us back to Stewart, and last night’s Daily Show: