Peggy West, a county supervisor for Milwaukee, WI, has revealed her lack of knowledge concerning geography, according to a Tucson Citizen report. In a comment made about the boycotting of Arizona over the controversial immigration law is where the error was made. She was quoted in the Tucson Citizen report as saying that Arizona was not close enough to the Mexican border to cause concern.
West, according to her statement, did not think Arizona was worth boycotting because it was too far from the Mexican border to have significance in the immigration debate.
West is not the only politician to be misinformed about geography. According to The Huffington Post, citing a Fox News report, Sarah Palin did not know that Africa is a continent. Apparently, she thought Africa was one large country made up of various pieces. Maybe the country of South Africa confused her, or maybe she did not do well in geography.
The Peggy West incident is not too different from Sarah Palin not knowing that Africa is a continent, or which countries form NAFTA, because lack of knowledge concerning geography could be at fault in both incidents. Having a grasp of geography should, logically, be one area of strength for politicians, since geography is important when it comes to national and world politics.
West and Palin could have found the facts that they misrepresented by going to Google Earth or Wikipedia. Then again, maybe the two politicians merely misspoke. There could be a good reason why West said that Arizona was not close to the Mexican border, or why Palin does not think Africa is a continent. We all make errors, but what excuse can you give that could so easily explain away the blunders?
I may not be certain what NAFTA stands for, and I might be wrong about what countries are involved in this trade agreement, but I know that Africa is a continent. I can also use a map to see that Arizona is, in fact, on the Mexican border.
West and Palin are not the only people to be wrong about their facts, and it is unlikely that they will be the last to be wrong about the location of a state or what the continents are.
“County Supervisor, Peggy West, Dumbest Politician East of the Mississippi”, Tucson Citizen, Jim Kelley
“Palin Didn’t Know Africa is a Continent, Says Fox News Reporter”, The Huffington Post, Nicholas Graham
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