Since its inception in the 1960's, the "new left" has mastered that eerie trend of never having to apologize. When Hank Williams Jr. makes Obama/Hitler comparisons on Fox and Friends, Monday Night Football demolishes a 22-year-old tradition. When Rob Reiner does it to the Tea Party on Real Time, Hollywood lets him drop another bomb at the box office. Bill Maher can call Sarah Palin four-letter expletives relating to female genitalia, but Rush Limbaugh can't crudely rebuke Sandra Fluke for insisting her "bedroom activities" be paid on the taxpayers dime. One comes with an apology from the President, and the other with laughter from a studio audience. Thanks to the fine "journalism" on display from folks like MSNBC's Martin Bashir this Wednesday, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) will join the ranks alongside Maher, Reiner, Dyson, and a dozen other merry tricksters who've yet to say "I'm sorry"!
Rep. Grayson made headlines yesterday when his fundraising ad, depicting tea partiers as the Ku Klux Klan, surfaced. Bashir asked his guests if Grayson had gone "too far". Professor James Peterson of Lehigh University and Democratic Strategist Angela Rye responded as follows:
I don't think Alan Grayson should apologize. I do understand the commentary around 'he went too far'. What I cannot accept, though, is why we can't really have an honest conversation about Tea Party and bigotry. They continue to promote the kind of bigotry that led Mr. Grayson to send out this particular e-mail and enable him to raise funds from it. There are obviously segments of the society that agree with him. If we're talking about, you know, the GOP-led or Tea Party-led secession plan immediately after Obama was elected to his second term, or the visceral reaction to Obamacare, or even Romney saying, 'those people and their free stuff'. There is a clear racial tinge to a lot of the rhetoric from the Tea Party.
Professor James Peterson:
Any time we're talking about 'states' rights', any time you think about the ways they racialized things about entitlements, '47%', and so on. When you talk about secession for some of these states in the South. When you have a number of different people running for president, using racially coded language like 'food stamp President' and the N-word rants suggests to us there is a racialized discourse that undergirds the Tea Party rhetoric, and at the end of the day, these ads help us get access to the folks who aren't paying attention to subtle nuances.
Rep. Alan Grayson has yet to apologize for his comments. Bashir even posted a graphic of Grayson's reply to critics: "If the hood fits, wear it." Just a few examples of the left's continuing double-standard.