Thursday, July 20, 2017

"Who's been repeating all that hard stuff to you?"

I actually want to use that tweet as a link.  Click on it, and then read the tweets responding to it.  It soon becomes a hall of mirrors, through no fault of those tweeting, as they try to explain what Trump is saying here.  It really doesn't make sense on any level, and the more you try to figure it out, the less sense it makes.  I mean, Humpty Dumpty's explanation of "Jabberwocky" sounds reasonable alongside those tweets, and there's no doubt in my mind most of the people responding to Ms. Cox mean, like Humpty Dumpty to Alice, to be helpful.

Even Vox wants to focus on Trump's cost estimates for insurance (which it gets wrong; Vox translates his comment into a premium of $12 a month; Trump clearly says he thinks it starts at $12 a year).  His ignorance of cost is not the issue; his ignorance about insurance, which is as complete as that of a 7 year old, is the issue.

The people responding to Ms. Cox tweet aren't Humpty Dumpty, and they are dealing with nonsense.  And there's no way to make nonsense make sense; that's the whole point of nonsense.  But the source of this nonsense is not an eccentric 19th century English poet and mathematician.

Which is kind of the point of the concern.....

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