Keep telling yourself that you are morally superior to the Right because you step up and apologize unnecessarily. The Left misses every opportunity to control the narrative because they are so desperate to please everyone they end up pissing off everyone. In the meantime conservatives take whatever liberals have said and twist it so far out of shape it makes your head spin.
Democrat’s ideas and policies are real threats to conservatives, e.g. raising the minimum wage, and the Right will do anything to make sure those policies to help poor and impoverished people are derailed. Conservatives distract the media and silly people with dumb shit so hopefully you don’t notice what they are really up to. They are trying to dismantle and prevent any legislation that helps anyone except the one percent.
Melissa Harris-Perry apologized to the Romney family because she is a class act and I’m sure her bosses at MSNBC required that she do so. But the vultures on the right weren’t looking for an apology. They want her and anyone who thinks like her to be fired. How do I know this? I know because the incident Harris-Perry was apologizing for was not that big of a deal. Sure it was insensitive to a degree, but the outrage that followed was way overblown. We had the “freedom of speech” supporters who rallied behind Phil Robertson in support of his vile language and views calling for her to be fired for a joke gone wrong. Give me a break.
Giving in to the hate machine on the Right was a problem that started long before the MHP Show baby-gate segment. MSNBC fires people for using analogies to point out stupidity, racist and hateful things people like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and others let roll off their tongues every time they open their mouths. Joe Scarborough, on the other hand, sits on TV for three hours each weekday and lies about the president along with most of his republican guests and… crickets. Fox News hasn’t fired anyone for offensive comments and lies told by the three bobble heads on that morning show or any of the hosts in prime time. A solution to this apology problem has to start with each MSNBC host exercising restraint when talking about the loons in the Republican Party. Don’t make jokes about them. Report the ridiculous things they say and discuss the racist, hateful or dumb policy proposals conservatives make and move on.
The Left doesn’t know how to play the shame game in the media and that sets us back tremendously. Part of the reason they are so bad at it is because not only do conservatives take to the streets with pitchforks and torches, but also some who call themselves progressives join them. I can’t count the times I’ve read and heard “We are morally superior or we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard.” Really, you don’t already know that you’re at a higher standard than a racist? Somehow, we’ve gotten lost and believe that we will be called hypocrites if we don’t get on our knees and beg forgiveness from a bunch of people who will settle for nothing unless it’s our scalps.
From now on, when the Right demands a liberal be fired for a comment or action they don’t like, the Left should counter that demand. We’ll apologize as soon as you apologize for calling President Obama a Kenyan, Muslim, communist, witch doctor with chimpanzees as parents.
Clearly, Melissa Harris-Perry did the right and the best thing considering, and I still have some evolving to do.
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