The Really Important Question
I would have to ask the questioner. I haven't had a chance to ask the questioners the question they've been questioning."George W. Bush, Jan. 8, 2001.I would have to ask the questioner. I havent had a chance to ask the questioners the question theyve been questioning."George W. Bush, Jan. 8, 2001. The context of Dubyas latest "Bushism": the now-failed nomination of Linda Chavez as his secretary of labor. Bushs point, if you can follow his logic, is that he never interviewed Chavez himself, so he couldnt answer whether Chavez had actually revealed her illegal alien indiscretion during the vetting process. So, without firsthand knowledge, Bush would have had to ask the people who did, which he didnt, if you get my drift. Dubyas mouthful unintentionally provides us with a beautiful way of describing the way many problems get discussed in a public forum. We can never get to the question(s) that really matter(s); we spend our time instead scratching the surface, surrounding the problem but never getting at it.
For instance, in our mad rush to wire the world, put a computer on everyones desk, plant a cell phone in everyones ear and set a PlayStation 2 next to everyones television, no one ever stops to ask: Why? And why is that? Because were too busy trying to figure out ways to get people and corporations convinced that they really do need all of these things.