Rhetorical Questions

Barry Dredze
4 min readOct 12, 2022
Hungarian Prime Minister and fascist kingpin Viktor Orban at CPAC in Dallas last summer (Photo by Reuters)

We have all heard the expression that there is no such thing as a stupid question. Genuinely stupid questions are real, however, and are the kind for which the questioner does not really want nor cares about any answer.

For example, Republican US Rep. from Georgia, Marjorie Taylor-Greene recently went on a rant about Biden administration energy policy for failing to do enough to “prop up American oil and gas,” emphasizing renewable sources of energy instead.

“He thinks wind turbines are the way to go!” she ranted. “I mean what is he going to do when it’s not a windy day? Is he going to stand out there and blow hot air at all the wind turbines?”

In fact, energy storage technology works by wind turbines building up energy capacity to deliver power to the grid even during times when there is less wind. Of course, the Republican Congressperson from Georgia does not really care that wind turbines are just one part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce America’s fossil fuel dependence, because she and her voters don’t really care about anything that queer, “woke” liberals are concerned enough about to engage in public discourse and to advocate for legislative changes in energy and environmental policy.

Wokeness even turned former US Senator Tulsi Gabbard against the Democratic Party, only two years since running for the party’s nomination for president, claiming it had become “an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness.”

“I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party that is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness,” Gabbard said on Twitter, “who divide us by racializing every issue & stoke anti-white racism, actively work to undermine our God-given freedoms, are hostile to people of faith & spirituality, demonize the police & protect criminals at the expense of law-abiding Americans, believe in open borders, weaponize the national security state to go after political opponents, and above all, dragging us ever closer to nuclear war.”

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Barry Dredze

Just another mortal, tweaking my cognitive map on the fly.