The (formerly!) credible conservative Ace of Spades:
I am honestly telling you that I’ve read Rush’s fuller quote and I *still* think the statement can fairly be read as “I hope Obama fails, and the economy doesn’t recover, because it’s THAT important that liberty be preserved.”
I don’t even think that reading is a “bad” reading — I sure the fuck don’t want this bastard to make socialism popular.
But I come in here saying something fairly small — “Hey, while I get that statement myself, I’m not sure that’s the message you want to be sending when the unemployment rate is 8.1% and climbing” — and I’m read the bleeding riot act.
Submitted for your consideration. I know that, for many of you, it’s simply INSANE AND UNTHINKABLE to assert that Rush meant that.
But for many of you, it’s simply INSANE AND UNTHINKABLE to think he meant anything else.
As long as we’re talking interpretation. Which I believe we are.
P.S. Speaking of interpretation, I’m no literary expert, but here’s my theory:
Words should be interpreted the way a reasonable person would interpret them.
It almost sounds like a tautology, but I don’t think it is.
I think this is the only way to communicate effectively. Here’s the key: if you don’t like the way reasonable people are interpreting your words, it’s time to clarify your words. Don’t whine about being misinterpreted.
The key word is “reasonable.” If someone comes along with an unreasonable interpretation of your words, that’s their problem — not yours. Tell them why it’s unreasonable.
Who gets to decide what’s reasonable? That’s what makes it interesting. If we were computers, it would be predictable and boring. But we’re humans, and determining what’s reasonable is — in my view! — where the debate lies. Reasonableness is the touchstone.
I have almost no idea where this theory fits in with literary theories of interpretation. I’ve never discussed this with anyone before. It’s just the way I see the world.
Like Anne Elk, that’s my new theory, which belongs to me, and is as follows . . . and I’m sticking with it.