As a well-known English philosopher once said: "Never underestimate the breadth, depth, power and attraction of idiotic ideas."
Actually, I have no idea whether any philsopher has ever said this — a Google search didn't throw up any hits. But I have said it now, which means that this pearl of wisdom will remain for eternity on the internet. Unless, of course, I try to enforce my right to be forgotten, which in this case I obviously won't.
Anyway, I was moved to this deep philosophical thought by the latest idiotic idea from the Bavarian CSU party — the party of Compulsively Stupid Utterances.
Last year, the CSU campaigned in the German federal elections for a motorway toll "for foreigners". In fact, it wasn't really a toll on foreigners at all, but rather a toll on cars registered outside Germany, which is not the same. But by using the term "foreigners", the Chronically Silly Union exploited anti-foreigner feelings within the population in order to attract votes. A disgusting tactic, as I wrote last year.
The latest idiocy from the Can't Shut Up party was to suggest that foreigners living in Germany should be "urged to speak German in public life and at home". To misquote Forrest Gump: "Stupid is as stupid says."
After the justifiable wave of derision that this suggestion produced — including from people who understand that bilingualism is an asset, not a burden — the party moderated its proposal a little by saying that foreigners should be "motivated to speak German in daily life".
This latest idiocy is again nothing more than an attempt by the CSU — laughably still called by some the Christian Social Union — to exploit anti-foreigner sentiment and prevent the Alternative for Germany from stealing right-wing voters from them.
Albert Einstein famously said: "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." The CSU seems determined to prove him right on the human front.
But let's end on a happier note. The whole Business Spotlight team wishes you, your family and your friends all the best for the holiday period and for the New Year! Thank you for support and feedback in 2014. We'll see you again in 2015.
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