Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Not So Blissful Ignorance

                I am continually distressed by the number of “man on the street” or “woman on the beach” interviews of young people in which tomorrow’s leaders respond to questions such as ‘from whom—and when—did America gain its independence’ with answers like ‘umm, from France… in 1976?’”
   Today’s crop of Democrats may be well-educated in social-justice-warring and gender dysphoria, but they are similarly clueless about things that actually matter. In other words, reality. Virtually all of those vying to be the party’s 2020 presidential nominee are stupefyingly ignorant of history. Here’s an exquisite example: South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg was campaigning at the Iowa State Fair recently when a woman approached him and said she’d once met the late Robert F. Kennedy. According to a CNN producer’s tweet, she told Buttigieg, “I shook Robert Kennedy’s hand in 1968.” To which Buttigieg hopefully replied: “So you’re good luck?”

               The woman responded truthfully: “Not really—he was shot a month later.”

               Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play? Other than that, Mayor Buttigieg, how was the fair?

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