Tuesday, October 7, 2008

If McCain's going to "take the gloves off," how about Obama uses "elderspeak" tonight?..by Sybil Adelman Sage

With the McCain/Palin duo getting down and dirty, a front page article in today's "New York Times" about elderspeak suggests how McCain might be approached in tonight's debate.

Older people report that they feel infantilized when shouted at, ignored or spoken of in the third person. They're insulted by expressions such as, "Good girl!...Did you understand what I just said to you?...How are we feeling?"

In tonight's debate, the question I'd like posed to McCain - and not because it's an offensive bit of elderspeak - is, "Who did you used to be?" In this case it would be a legitimate challenge. After repeatedly reminding us of the noble sacrifices he once made for our country, Presidential Candidate McCain has shown he's now eagerly put his country's welfare second to his ambitions.


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