Friday, August 19, 2011


"If this guy prints more money between now and the election - I don’t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we - we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous - or treasonous in my opinion.” And welcome to the campaign Mister Perry.
Which campaign? Why the presidential campaign that is well and true underway in the heartlandtm of America. All that fuss you hear coming from the Midwest currently is the sound and fury of Republicans and a Democrat scratching frantically at their spot in the polls. It's a great way to try out a message. "Throw it out on the stoop and see if the cat licks it up." That's the kind of communication that is going down in Iowa these days. When Texas governor Rick Perry playfully suggests that the head of the Federal Reserve is committing acts that are worthy of being executed, we call this "folksy." This might also be considered "airing one's views." This might also be considered "a threat."
Did he say that he wanted to string Rob Bernanke up in so many words. That would be ugly. It's what the listener does with those words. We call this "inference." That's when we take something we read or hear and apply our own life experience to it in order to generate our own new understanding. Did he say that he wanted to kill the head of the Federal Reserve? No. That was inferred. Did I say Rick Perry is a scary individual? No. You just inferred that.
So let me be clear: Rick Perry is a scary individual. Stay tuned.


Anonymous said...

Rick Parry. With an 'A' for America. With an 'A' for Iowa.

Anonymous said...

Apparently blog readers and Colbert fans have a significant overlap.