December 7, 2005

Malchow vs. the English Language #442

Malchow is miffed at the selection of the following sentence for Slate's Bushism of the Day:
"Those who enter the country illegally violate the law."—Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 28, 2005
Okay, in case you're not following along at home, the word "illegally" and the predicate "violate the law" are redundant when placed in the same sentence, and sort of silly when they are placed directly next to one another.

Malchow calls this tautology one of Bush's "poignant and most succinct arguments."

Exactly. A statement with virtually no semantic value outside of its own circular logic is a poignant and succinct argument in the mind of a conservative. Thank you, Joe Malchow, for summing up conservative ideology for us.

No comments:

Post a Comment