Posted on | March 16, 2012 | 33 Comments
Far be it from me to go around willy-nilly accusing people of anti-Italian prejudice, just because they don’t support Rick Santorum for President, as all intelligent, honest and courageous people must.
It would be an unfair accusation to imply that Santorum’s critics are prejudiced against Italians, you see, so long as we acknowledge the obvious possibility that they may be stupid, dishonest or cowardly. . . .
Why insist on having arguments laid out like PowerPoint presentations, clubbing people over the head with obvious 1-2-3 simplicity, rather than having confidence in the reader’s intelligence?
Isn’t it possible that if everything we write is Rhetoric for Dummies™ we will drive away more intelligent readers with our repetitive implicit suggestions that they’re in need of lecturing, as if they were a roomful of ignorant 19-year-old college freshmen? Why not attempt to attract an erudite readership by having the humility to assume that our readers may be as knowledgeable as ourselves? But I digress . . .
Dr. Rusty Shackleford is intelligent, honest and courageous, and so I was therefore shocked to learn of his anti-Italian prejudice:
Huh? Santorum won Iowa (Jan. 3), Missouri, Colorado, Minnesota (Feb. 7), Tenneessee, Oklahoma and North Dakota (March 6) and Kansas (March 10), but “nobody” took him seriously until he beat Newt in Mississippi and Alabama this week?
Do you mean to suggest, Dr. Shackleford, that Malkin and Morrissey are “nobody”? Or maybe that their endorsements of Santorum were a reflection of their inferior knowledge and judgment?
Perhaps I am mistaken in discerning such possible implications of Dr. Shackleford’s argument. I’ll have to consult Jeff Goldstein and see if “intentionalism” has any insights on this problem. Or maybe Da Tech Guy is onto something here, despite his being just another stupid dago.
Sometimes, one may best instruct by example.
And I never heard of such a thing as a “fair fight.”
RICK SANTORUM for PRESIDENT
Because He’s Not a Gutless Punk Like Those Other Guys