MSNBC talk show host Martin Bashir has done something no other Democrat or leftist in living memory has done.
He has actually apologized, fully, without excuse or cover. To recap, in a recent speech Sarah Palin compared our growing debt load to “slavery.” Bashir then went nuts. For those of you unfamiliar with the remarks that forced his apology, here are the most salient:
Given her well-established reputation as a world class idiot, it’s hardly surprising that [Palin] should choose to mention slavery in a way that is abominable to anyone who knows anything about its barbaric history….
…In 1756, [Slave owner Thomas Thistlewood] records that a slave named Darby ‘catched eating kanes; had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, s-h-i-t in his mouth.’ This became known as ‘Darby’s Dose,’ a punishment invented by Thistlewood…
When Ms. Palin invokes slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance; she confirms that if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, then she would be the outstanding candidate.
In other words, someone should ram s*&t down Palin’s throat.
Needless to say, any Republican or conservative who had said something like that about Obama or another Democrat, or anyone for that matter, would instantly lose whatever job he had and be hounded by the leftist media, and resurrected again and again as an example of “right-wing hate,” for the rest of his life. The Southern Poverty Law Center would put out a “White Paper” about this horrifying development and distribute it to law enforcement “fusion centers”, DHS and the FBI as a descriptor for conservatives, republicans, tea partiers, veterans, patriots and other “dangerous” people. The guy would be listed at the top of SPLC’s “Hate Watch” list.
I am sure Bashir’s apology is largely driven by the need to keep his job and it was probably all that would rescue him. Even the Washington Post was honest enough to recognize that:
At the top of his MSNBC show today, Martin Bashir unleashed an apology so contrite, so complete that it sounded as if his job was riding on it.
That said, it was the best apology I have ever heard from any member of the left ever, at any time. It showed not a speck of rationalization or excuse. In the few times Democrats or leftists have ever apologized for anything like this before, they usually use it as another opportunity to take a swipe at the other side. For example, an explanation something like “I was driven by the moral outrage of people such as Palin sharing the stage with such greats as President Obama, but was perhaps too overzealous in my condemnation…” or words to that effect.
However, after bashing him, the Washington Post did just that, stating:
With those words, Bashir managed to accomplish a mammoth fail: matching Palin’s offensive statement and point of view with his own offensive statement and point of view.
So, Bashir’s statement was no more offensive than Palin’s? Palin comparing the massive debt we are putting on future generations to slavery was a “mammoth fail” and just as much as an “offensive statement” too? But Bashir should have taken the high road and not matched Palin’s “stupidity?”
What Bashir was trying to do was once again tag a Tea Party favorite as a racist idiot by frothing phony outrage over her “slave” statement, when the fact is, the storm of defecation President Obama and his Democrats have gotten us all into will be impossible for an entire generation to swallow. This country may never recover from their reckless lunacy.
The Washington Post was trying to trash Palin for making a “stupid” remark and keep that narrative going. The Washington Post publishes BS everyday that stinks to high heaven and genuinely reveals true, bottomless ignorance and/or dishonesty. They apparently have just gotten used to their own smell.
Bashir’s apology should be bottled, distributed, stuffed in sugar canes and rammed down the throats of every single Democrat politician, pundit, commentator, educator and “news” reporter, including the entire Washington Post editorial staff, all of whom are guilty of similar smears and worse.
It is all a fraudulent put on. It is not the heat of the moment or an overflowing reservoir of bile that drives them. Instead it is the tried and true tactic of the Left, the only one they really have, a calculated effort to attack and destroy their opponents. Every once in a blue moon, they even go too far for themselves, which is quite far. This was one of those rare cases where the network realized, perhaps due to its plummeting ratings, that it had to resort to being civilized for a change, if only to survive.
We should not waste the moment. They should be beaten senseless with this apology, for the Left as a single body owes a similar apology to every American, indeed every citizen of the world. We have had to put up with their relentlessly unethical, hateful, sanctimonious, in-your-face, over-the-top, despicable behavior for decades. It is way past time they fess up.
James Simpson is an economist, businessman and investigative journalist. His articles have been published at Right Side News, American Thinker, Accuracy in Media, Breitbart, PJ Media, Washington Times, WorldNetDaily and others. His regular column is DC Independent Examiner. Follow Jim on Twitter & Facebook