(The metric there is American school grade levels.)

(Via (Via))

But don’t worry:

“It’s tempting to read this as a dumbing down of the bully pulpit,” [former Clinton speechwriter Jeff] Shesol said. “But it’s actually a sign of democratization. In the early Republic, presidents could assume that they were speaking to audiences made up mostly of men like themselves: educated, civic-minded landowners. These, of course, were the only Americans with the right to vote. But over time, the franchise expanded and presidential appeals had to reach a broader audience.”

It just looks like escalating cretinization. Really it’s Democracy®! Yay!

January 22, 2015admin 15 Comments »


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  • Idiocracy | Neoreactive Says:

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  • hb Says:

    The Vocativ article also notes that this is “a sign of progress.” Which I fully believe; it’s just not a progress that we want any part of.


    Posted on January 22nd, 2015 at 4:04 pm Reply | Quote
  • Scharlach Says:

    If I didn’t know any better, I’d think Shesol was a secret neoreactionary. “In the past, voters were educated and civic-minded. Today, of course, the franchise has expanded, and presidents have to speak at a simpler level.”

    How many of us were about to write that exact same thing in a SOTU blog post?


    Thales Reply:

    I had the same thought — “That’s your spin?!?”


    SanguineEmpiricist Reply:

    Is that really sufficient for the term?


    Harold Reply:

    So it’s only because presidents have to appeal to semi-literate morons now? Whew! That’s a relief.


    Posted on January 22nd, 2015 at 4:06 pm Reply | Quote
  • pseudo-chrysostom Says:

    >“It’s tempting to read this as a dumbing down of the bully pulpit…But it’s actually a sign of democratization”

    but i repeat myself.


    Posted on January 22nd, 2015 at 7:10 pm Reply | Quote
  • Idiocracy | Reaction Times Says:

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    Posted on January 22nd, 2015 at 8:06 pm Reply | Quote
  • Lord Auch Says:

    I don’t know. The “science” behind these polls always seemed suspicious. Anyways, kids used to have to go to school to the 15th grade under Warren G. Harding and Wilson, so there’s the improved squiring of resources and the streamlining of the bureaucracy.


    Posted on January 22nd, 2015 at 10:49 pm Reply | Quote
  • Mark Yuray Says:

    “It’s tempting to read this as a dumbing down of the bully pulpit,”

    It’s tempting because it’s true.

    “But it’s actually a sign of democratization.”

    [internal weeping intensifies]

    Surrounded in daily life but people who are not even remotely reactionary, I have doubt in our dissident right-wing cause sometimes. It’s metrics like these, indisputably negative, that remind me why I do what I do. If your fertility rate isn’t above 2.1, something is wrong, and something has got to change.


    Posted on January 23rd, 2015 at 5:26 am Reply | Quote
  • tokarev Says:

    Calvin Coolidge was famously plain-spoken and unassuming, yet he still spoke at a 12th grade level. He was speaking to fellow adults, not overgrown children.


    Posted on January 23rd, 2015 at 6:34 am Reply | Quote
  • Mac Wallace on the 6th Floor Says:

    Thomas Fleming ‘The New Dealers’ war’:
    ‘In an unguarded moment at a New York racetrack, he [Harry Hopkins] supposedly said: “We shall tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect,” a remark he frequently denied making. ‘

    ‘“The Republican candidate is not an appeaser and not a friend of Hitler,” Wallace declared at one point. “I’ll say too that every Republican is not an appeaser. But you can be sure that
    every Nazi, every Hitlerite, and every appeaser is a Republican.”‘


    Posted on January 23rd, 2015 at 12:36 pm Reply | Quote
  • E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Says:

    b-b-but admin-senpai democracy is not the path to communism but to freedom… …!


    Posted on January 23rd, 2015 at 12:59 pm Reply | Quote
  • Son of Olorus Says:

    This reminds me of the speeches of the roman republic-because anyone in the senate who wanted to debate on a political issue (and thus seek political change) had to speak in Classical Latin, a form of Latin that was grammatically and linguistically different from the Latin spoke by most of the populace in the empire, known as vulgar latin (vulgate= common people).

    This kind of esoteric-ism meant that anybody who was not educated to a standard of verbosity in classical Latin could not hope to enter circles of power in the empire,even if they were rich enough to be eligible for senate class- Just like Doctors and Programmers have their own technicalities for their professions acting firstly as a barrier to the uninitiated and thus uneducated = therefore excluded and standards(of knowledge) are maintained, so did politics and like with Rome/USA the democratization and the progressive removal of these “elitist elements” led to the vulgarization of political life and civil discourse (and so did the ratchet turn exponentially). The language of occultism negates the entropy of the ignorant (wider society)- (Alan Moore, Magic and writing)

    note: most senators spoke both Latin and Greek, as the Greeks were thought of as the masters of rhetorician, this where the phrase “it’s all Greek to me” comes from as a parlance for esoteric-ism-William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (1599

    And as a comparison (George Washington,1st inaugural speech-1789)


    Posted on January 23rd, 2015 at 8:16 pm Reply | Quote
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