…the Bleacherman has entered the stadium…
Last week, MSNBC announced that one its daytime hosts, Martin Bashir, had resigned over a “scandal” reflecting Mr. Bashir’s war of words with Ms. Palin of Alaska.
It seems that in one of her appearances at a Republican fundraiser, Ms. Palin, not one who is concerned about things like facts, reality or substance, compared our country’s national debt with slavery; claiming that younger Americans will be shackled by the debt service on our country’s perceived in her feeble mind over spending and aggressive borrowing habits.
Mr. Bashir responded by calling Ms. Palin an idiot and a dunce. Both descriptions, by the way, I feel are accurate. Bashir.” according to most news outlets, then went on to say that someone should “defecate in Palin’s mouth; referencing an old slave punishment.
Obviously, in whole, Bashir’s comments were over the top, uncalled for and totally nonprofessional. Even under the protective umbrella of one’s right to free speech, Mr. Bashir’s remarks, even for a liberal like me, needed to be addressed and admonished.
But to force the commentator off the air does raise some questions in my mind.
Ms. Palin is not one to neither monitor nor moderate her use of the English language; especially when engaged in an attack on the political left. Her oratory is always long on acerbic accusations and denunciations and short on policy commentary. She uses words that she, herself, does not understand as exemplified in her use of the term “blood libel.”
Most people would agree that Ms. Palin does not have the intellectual capacity to engage in an in-depth meaningful, policy driven discussion. She is nothing more than the angry, barking pit bull chained to a tree in front of the GOP playhouse. So comparing the horrors of slavery –an event unique to history – to the possible consequences of dealing with a large national debt is more than a quantum leap of logic. It was foolish, stupid, and reflected a lack of deep seated thinking. All of which personifies the essence of Ms. Palin. In other words, it surprises no one when Palin rambles such disgusting and insane commentary.
So I guess, the lesson learned from all of this is that it is okay for someone to call the Pope a Marxist, Mandella a terrorist and Obama all sorts of nasty and vile things. I guess the political right has an exclusive monopoly on freedom of speech while the left must always be mindful, respectful, honest, humble and benevolent. Or fear termination.
…the Bleacherman has left the stadium…