Friday, June 25, 2010

They Walk Among Us!!!

Jeff Foxworthy’s show, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” has a typical contestant pool in the Milwaukee city council. The premier candidate is Peggy West, the Democrat County Supervisor. Her grasp of geography was called into dispute during debate over a proposed boycott of Arizona because of their recently enacted SB 1070. Her exact quote follows:

“If this was Texas, which is a state that is directly on the border with Mexico, and they were calling for a measure like this saying that they had a major issue with undocumented people flooding their borders, I would have to look twice at this. But this is a state that is a ways removed from the border,”

To verify that these were the exact words which spewed from the mouth of this geographic genius, check on either this link or the other for a video confirmation.

When questioned about the accuracy of her remarks, she immediately fled to that universal refuge of the ignorant—“mis-spoke.” Give me a break!

Granny and I discussed this at length and she suggested that due to the proximity of the two states in any alphabetical list, West obviously confused Arizona with Alaska which also shares international borders with Russia and Canada. Shucks, anyone could easily make that error. They do indeed have so much in common: a substantial indigenous population, offshore oil reserves (not!), weather (not!), mutual agricultural interests (not!), size (not!), a huge fishing industry (not!), desert flora (not!), constant earthquakes (not!) and both are among the newest entries into the family of sovereign states. In each case, they should have a reasonable expectation of federal support in the defense of their population against a foreign invasion.

Peggy West has a degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College in Human Services. It is certain that this is a proud moment for that institution. One would surmise that in sixteen years of formal “education” she might have blundered upon a US map somewhere. Or not! In the future, we shall hold her up as the poster child for the current American educational system.

If you watched the video, you may have noted that the unidentified fellow supervisor in response to her outrageous comments refrained (unlike your host) from snark and derision in his remarks. My congratulations go to him in his restraint. It must have been difficult to refrain from laughing out loud.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

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