that's Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The Nation Bullpen" from last night. i'll cover 'revenge' tomorrow night. tonight i'm posting about something so people will stop e-mailing me about it and calling me about it.
what-what-what? is that really true?
i got e-mails like that tonight. and phone calls from friends. over? in the snapshot, c.i. is taking on corrine brown's refusal to learn to speak appropriately:
Reality, she's a member of Congress and has been for nearly 30 years. She should have worked to improve herself. She didn't. She didn't even try. She sounds like an idiot.
No sympathy? I arrived in college with a huge knowledge gap because I arrived with a huge memory gap of whole years wiped away.
In college, this huge knowledge gap of things I learned but couldn't recall was embarrassing. I was an idiot throughout freshman year. The most basic things my peers knew, I had no idea about. (World War II to give but one example.) I was funny and could make the entire room erupt in laughter but, honestly, a lot of those 'jokes' that people thought were so funny? No joke. I was being serious. I was that ignorant. And it was a very steep climb but I worked very hard and made up for as much as I could as quickly as I could.
So I don't really have a lot of sympathy for a Congress member who, year after year, opens their mouth and sounds like an idiot because they don't know proper English, because they can't finish their sentences and because they're reading level is so low that it's embarrassing when they try to read from their opening statements. I'm sorry, Corrine, I have no sympathy for you. Life has obstacles. Anyone who works to overcome their own, I don't mock them. There's a Democrat in the House who has a condition that makes his speaking a struggle. I have never and would never mock him and I congratulate him on the long road back that he's made and is making. But a woman who sits in Congress for 29 years and can't learn to speak? Who is never tempted to better herself and thinks sounding like a buffoon is acceptable? Get used to the mocking because if you're going to be Ranking Member, your poor speech is about to get a lot more attention. And not just from me. You're a member of the US Congress. That should force you to strive for something better, not beg you to be a public embarrassment. If no one's ever before made it clear to you how embarrassing you are, hate me but use that hate to improve yourself because your current speaking abilities are unacceptable.
elaine and i went to college with c.i. (we lived together.) and, yes, that is very much true.
i don't have a joke for it because it wasn't funny.
c.i. wasn't an idiot. she was a very bright and very smart person. she had a healthy vocabulary. but there were whole things that we learn in school that she had no idea. she couldn't remember.
that seems strange to some people who know her (those calling me on the phone tonight) because she forgets practically nothing today. but that starts in college. when she came to college, it wasn't just that she didn't know, she didn't know she didn't know.
world war ii is the example i'll use. she didn't know about the concentration camps, she didn't know about war with germany (she knew world war i and wars before that). these were pretty big things because those veterans were adults in our world at the time.
she had no problem, she's so brave, saying, 'i'm sorry, i don't know anything about this.' she'd say that flat out if asked or put on the spot. and i remember how she'd learn (re-learn) to replace all that she couldn't access: she'd check out children's picture books, children's young readers, etc. progressing on up. and she read fast and quick. but she had a ton of subjects to cover (including science).
and 1 time, 1st semester freshman year, a librarian asked her if she was going to become a teacher - because of all the children's books? and she said no, she was trying to learn. and the librarian said, 'these are children's books.' and c.i. said, 'yes, building blocks and that's where i need to start.'
she didn't try to hide it, she didn't try to minimize it. she'd readily cop to it.
with the exception that she said something and every 1 thought it was a joke. in that case, if she got laughter, she wasn't going to spoil a good laugh. :D
but, yes, she really did have whole sections of her mind that she could not pull up. it was a specific period. she had no problem with motion and a lot of her learning techniques involved motion because of that. it was easier for her to learn something if she was, for example, pacing or dancing, so she'd pace or dance while she was reading something.
(and i put that motion method to the extreme test and then some with my football playing beautiful but deadly dumb boyfriend in junior year. we studied so he could pass and it wasn't working. so we took the texts and notes into the bath tub and i would jerk him almost to climax over and over while we reviewed the notes. he learned everything and aced the test. it was amazing.)
now as with everything c.i., she didn't whine and she didn't let it become a liability.
she couldn't remember the key school years? that means she wasn't going to spit out the literary canon. it meant she was going to be inclusive and she was. and she was calling for inclusion and questioning the all male canon at a time when students didn't do that. she had no problem holding her own and fighting back against sexist professors or the sexism of the canon.
and there were days when she could have given up in embarrassment. even after people found out and understood what was going on, there were still times when - even among people who thought she was great - it had to have been embarrassing for her. but she'd power through and if you said, 'are you okay?' she'd come back with, 'not really but it's 1 less thing i'll have to worry about a year from now.'
so, yeah, a congress woman who doesn't know how to speak proper and sounds like an idiot? yeah, that's going to tick her off. and it would many people just because we expect those in congress to conduct themselves appropriately.
if the democrats had control of the house, corrine brown would be house veterans affairs committee chair. that is a frightening thought. she's 66-years-old, has been in congress for 29 years and has made no effort to improve the way she speaks.
it's appalling. and, in a situation like that, c.i.'s attitude will always be, 'i'd rather be embarrassed right now and work on it and have people know i'm working on it then still be having the same problem 5 years from now.'
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'