Does anybody else remember back when we were kids, and the ice caps melted and the woolly mammoths moved out, and having life skills like, say, speaking another language was viewed as an advantage to making one’s way in the world?
Of all the aggressive stupid on the wingnut end this one makes me the craziest, mostly because it’s obviously part and parcel of their whole “Teh Brainmeats, They Scarez Me”thing. I have a total tin ear for languages. Can practice myself into familiarity with one, but if I don’t use it? Out of my head it goes, to make room for more LOLcat and cock jokes and other stuff they teach at the Crack Den, troll-mocking mostly, and how to get half a porcupine out of a Cuisinart.
Languages are not things that come naturally to me, so I envy those who can learn and speak them with very little effort. Which maybe is the other half of it, that feelings of vague inadequacy (I also kill house plants pretty regularly) in any area are grounds to hate those with skill in that same area, at least if you’re a be-Cheeto-penised glue-huffer couch-commanding one of thosejoke remotes that tells you how to get your wife to stop talking about shoe shopping. I mean, honestly, what is the problem here? Dodd can speak Spanish. He can also kick ass. The other presidential candidates presumably also have superpowers. It’s a party. Fire up the blender and enjoy.