“It seems like they [Republicans] act as though, some wiping out of people, some of the right-wing, is all right, it’s not all right to do to any innocent people. If you had war and people that’s one thing, but to wipe out innocent people just because of who they are like what was done in Hitler’s Germany or what was done to Native Americans is not justifiable,” Sharpton said. (Fox News)
CHICAGO, May 30, 2012 — Progressives are the gift that keeps on giving. On Sunday, Chris Hayes of MSNBC claimed he felt uncomfortable calling military personnel who were killed in action heroes. That was just plain stupid.
Last Thursday Al Sharpton compared Republicans to Nazis and claimed they were out to exterminate Blacks. That wasn’t just stupid. It was obscene.
Why is it when conservatives accuse liberals of being fascists or Nazis, or compare individuals to Hitler, Stalin, or Mao, the proverbial excrement hits the fan? It is deemed extremely offensive, anti-Semitic, insensitive and un-American.
When liberals do it, they “speak truth to power.”
Why do liberals, who are supposedly so intellectual and open-minded, get away with saying such stupid, hateful things? When they do, their liberal friends then defend the indefensible.
There was no hue and cry over Al Sharpton’s remarks. That would cause his critics to be accused of racism, the political kiss of death, the journalistic trump card. The mere thought of that accusation turns otherwise intelligent people into spineless cowards.
Sharpton, like Jesse Jackson, is a noted “civil rights leader,” which seems to mean having once been spotted near Martin Luther King. That plus some shameless self-promotion is enough. If you claim you are a civil rights leader, say it loud, say it proud, and say it enough times, well, you must be.
Sharpton says the most outrageous, politically incorrect and insensitive things. He is immune from criticism. Criticism just fuels his ego. He asserts criticism means he is winning.
Sharpton will once again get away with saying outrageous, dumb, stupid things. He will once again get away with lies. He will continue to be paid big bucks to spout and spew disgusting racist rants. He will be defended or left alone.
Reverend Al has an unalienated right to say what he wants, no matter how outrageous or insensitive. We have the right to criticize and be insensitive and outrageous. If he is not criticized, no one else should be. That is fair. There should be a level playing field and the same set of rules in public discourse right?
Al Sharpton and his fellow rhetorical terrorists prove there is a severe hypocritical double standard in America and in the media. There are two sets of rules, one for liberals and one for conservatives. The liberals wrote both and can break theirs with impunity.
It is time to change the dynamic and play by the same rules they do. When they complain, just ignore them.
If Al Sharpton can get away with saying anything he wants without harsh criticism the rest of us can too. And we should. Forget phony political correctness, ignore overly tender sensitivities, and toss away false multi-culti and lefty made up code words clap-trap. We should ignore it all and speak “truth to power”.
We should all be like Al. Lay it out there. Tell it like it is. Do unto them what they do unto us. Criticize them more severely than they criticize us and accuse them of being racists, insensitive, and all the rest.
By the way, Al Sharpton should read history. Real history not the revisionist effluent published by progressive pseudo-intellectuals in cesspools of academia.
If any party is like or worse than the Nazi Party it is the Democratic Party, the party of slavery. The Democrats did not consider Blacks human beings but eventually upgraded them to sub-human status.
Democrats created the Jim Crow laws. They implemented and executed the racist policies of the South. Democrats caused and perpetrated most of the racial violence during the civil rights era. Democrats lynched and killed Blacks in the South. Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan.
Republicans ended slavery and legitimized the humanity of Black people. Republicans proposed, pushed, and passed the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the U. S. Constitution granting blacks freedom, citizenship, and the right to vote. Republicans passed the first Civil Rights legislation.
Democrats created a modern plantation system called public housing and multi-generational welfare and entitlement systems. Democrats created the politics of poverty. Their war on poverty was a war on poor people. It was all a shameless plan and methodology to get and keep Blacks voting Democrat in perpetuity. Give them free everything and they will keep voting your way.
Al Sharpton is just another babbling bobblehead who makes big bucks spewing toxic hatred, spreading pathological lies, and getting away with it. It is time he is held accountable for being stupid. But, we should not hold our collective breath.
Being progressive means never have to say you’re sorry for being stupid.
One more thing. Yesterday I wrote about Chris Hayes and his major faux pas. Why didn’t he apologize on the air? That is the cowardice and insincerity of progressives and liberals. They do not have the courage to face the public, humble themselves, and admit they were wrong. They cannot beg forgiveness.
Peter V. Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance journalist and photojournalist, cook, and raconteur. He likes to be the irreverent sharp stick that pokes, prods, and annoys. His opinions are his and his alone. Mr. Bella is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.
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