What an idiot.
On his conservative radio talk show on September 2, Senator Roberts complained about a witness who supported abortion in a Tennessee legislative hearing. He attributed her opinion to the influence of college, and announced that to “save America,” we need to get rid of higher education. “If there’s one thing that we can do to save America today, it’s to get rid of our institutions of higher education right now and cut the liberal breeding ground off! Good grief!” Roberts said.
Good plan! Even if colleges were a true scourge of the nation, and while I won’t go that far, they are failing their mission while over-charging their victims, getting rid of them is impossible, of course. It’s such a ridiculous thing to suggest that it qualifies as irresponsible public discourse, and comes mighty close to signature significance, meaning that only a complete fool would say something like that in public, even once.
After his comments went viral in the media, social or otherwise—he’s a Republican remember, so he should know that any gaffes will be news— and the state senator was mocked from coast to coast, Roberts claimed he was joking. If so, Dave Chappelle he’s not.
He posted on Facebook, “A week ago, I went on a rant on The Kerry Roberts Show calling out higher education as a liberal breeding ground and calling for its elimination. My listeners clearly understood the humor and hyperbole of it.” Then he added,
That was a week ago. But today, it’s a news story. “Tennessee Lawmaker Calls For Elimination of Higher Education” the headline screams! That’s hyperbole, too. So the word for today is hyperbole. Knowing the definition is knowledge. Knowing when it exists is understanding. It’s a good word to know and an even a better word to understand…including reporters who have a degree from an institute of higher education. The word for tomorrow is patience…as in giving someone time to respond to your question before filing a story. Class dismissed.
Now somebody explain to Roberts what the word “joke” means. It is a statement that is funny, not just stupid.