Political Correctness Gone Amok


Alfonso Aguilar learning that he is insensitive to the plight of slaves and single moms for using the term “hard worker”.

Look at this face. It is the stunned expression of a man who has just been confronted with pure, unadulterated, full-blown, in-your-face stupidity, and he doesn’t know how to react. Neither would I.

Just when you thought social justice warriors couldn’t get any crazier, Melissa Harris-Perry, progressive talking head, took the movement to a whole new level of being batshit, fucking unreasonable. During a discussion on her MSNBC show, one of her guests, Alfonso Aguilar, a former official in the Bush 2 administration made a grievous and, apparently racist, faux pas when he referred to Paul Ryan as a “hard worker”. Ms Harris-Perry, being acutely perceptive of hidden micro-aggressions from the white, cis-male patriarchy, quickly interrupted to point out that:

Alfonso, I feel you, but I just want to pause on one thing because I don’t disagree with you that I actually think Mr. Ryan is a great choice for this role, but I want us to be super careful when we use the language “hard worker”, because I actually keep an image of folks working in cotton fields on my office wall, because it is a reminder about what hard work looks like. So, I feel you that he’s a hard worker. I do, but in the context of relative privilege, and I just want to point out that when you talk about work-life balance and being a hard worker, the moms who don’t have health care who are working (…) but, we don’t call them hard workers. We call them failures. We call them people who are sucking off the system.

Really? Really??? REALLY?!?

Saying that somebody is a “hard worker” (this presumably is only true for straight, white males) is really racist code speak, an underhanded diss at slaves and working single moms? For fuck’s sake! This shit is getting out of hand.

HUBRIS: Selling The Iraq War

I watched MSNBC’s “HUBRIS: Selling the Iraq war” tonight. Didn’t learn much new, but it’s always useful to be reminded how the whole scam was perpetrated. I was disappointed that nobody had the guts to call the treasonous foursome, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice outright liars and war criminals. Let’s throw in Colin Powell and George Tenet for good measure as well. In this particular case I’m a full-blown conspiracy theorist in the sense that they all conspired to commit crimes against America, Iraq and humanity. The program tried to paint Colin Powell with a gentler brush, that he somehow knew they were fabricating reasons to declare an unjust war, but was morally opposed. In my mind that makes him even worse, since he knowingly stood up in the UN and delivered a lying, morally bankrupt speech that sealed the deal for the war mongers. They should all have been on the scaffold with ropes around their necks alongside Saddam Hussein.