By Jesse Taylor
Thursday, July 10, 2008 15:18 EDT
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I’m going to ask a rhetorical question. I also want you to realize that I’m referencing Mickey Kaus as I ask the question, meaning that the obvious answer is that he’s wrong. You may reflect that answer choice on your sheets in the blank provided.

Is someone who advocates for the necessity of learning a skill they don’t have a hypocrite?

Obama’s lecture to parents about how “you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish”? Also condescending! Especially since, as Abe Greenwald points out, Obama doesn’t speak Spanish.

Is it condescending and hypocritical that Newt Gingrich (Ph.D., Modern European History) has spent the past decade or so declaring our dire need for more math and science students? Of course not, because a Republican can propose that we cure world hunger by importing third-world refugees to lick out grease traps at our finest Long John Silvers nationwide, and they’ll get credit for attacking a serious problem with level-headed resolve and the steely testicles of American manhood.

It is not hypocrisy to say that, in response to the world around us, we must focus on giving our children a set of skills that the person recommending such a thing might not have – unless, as in the case of John McCain, you’re recommending a set of skills you steadfastly refuse to get and seem proud of not having. You know, like Michael Bay teaching a directing class.

If it is, in fact, hypocrisy, then I look forward to our next President, a multilingual farmer physicist parent reverend atheist author chemist doctor lawyer astronaut firefighter acrobat chef.

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
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