Melissa Harris Perry MSNBC

I recently told a co-worker of mine that I never watch cable news outside of the office because the vast majority of on-air personalities care more about hearing their voices bounce around an ideological echo chamber than giving viewers honest intellectual discourse. It is much healthier to be alone with your own thoughts on a morning walk than to fill your head with partisan super-balls thrown out on cable news. Exhibit A: Melissa Harris-Perry’s bizarre lecture on race Monday night, which she somehow spun out of a guest calling Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan a “hard worker.”

The Washington Free Beacon reported Monday:

ALFONSO AGUILAR: But let’s be fair. If there’s somebody who is a hard worker when he goes to Washington, it’s Paul Ryan. Not only works with the Republicans but Democrats. You know very well that I work on [the] immigration issue, trying to get Republicans to support immigration reform. Paul Ryan is somebody who has supported immigration reform, has worked with somebody like Luis Gutierrez. Luis Gutierrez is very respectful, speaks highly of Paul Ryan. This is somebody who’s trying to govern.

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: 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.

One of the reasons why I generally don’t blog on individuals like Melissa Harris-Perry is because it is hard to shake the feeling that she is a very-troubled woman. It seems as though a mind would have to be particularly warped to take the phrase “hard worker” during a conversation on Paul Ryan’s job qualifications, and turn it into a finger-wagging lesson on U.S. slavery.

Guest panelist Mr. Aguilar looked generally confused at the host’s statements. His face said, “Is this happening? What the heck is going on right now? Why did I agree to be on this weird show?”
Alfonso Aguilar

It says something incredibly sad about our culture that a woman as ideologically rabid as Harris-Perry has a bully pulpit on a cable news network. Why would sane, “hard-working” Americans ever enter into politics when media personalities tasked with shaping public opinion are mostly clones of Harris-Perry? Answer: They wouldn’t.

The moral of the story here is this: Turn off your television. Read good books. Get outside and exercise. Spend time with family and friends. 

There are many rabbit holes of stupidity out there, but cable news shows possess large entrances. My suggestion is to glance inside from time to time, but resist the temptation to crawl inside. Once you fall headlong into an abyss of stupidity, it is hard to crawl out.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

8 comments

  1. People wonder why the Left is the way it is and why they have it out for White people so much.

    The Left are TERRIFIED of White people. This woman is scared that White people will round her up one day and make her pick cotton or lynch her or something like that. While normal people go about their lives, this is the kind of thing that goes on in the minds of Leftists.

    When I say this I am totally serious and I’ve seen too many examples to count for it to be refuted.

    1. I think Zac hit the nail on the head when he mentioned projection. It’s like she knows on some deep level that exaggerating the level of racism in the U.S. on a daily basis isn’t really a skill. When people tell her she works hard, she knows that anyone who can read a teleprompter can essentially say, “Republicans are racist” on a daily basis. She thinks about what she does for a living and feels guilty about what her ancestors went through. Instead of just coming to terms with that, she just projects her insecurities onto panelists.

  2. “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.”

    And the winner for most out of nowhere act of projection goes to… Melissa Harris-Perry!!! 😀

    Okay in all seriousness though, I have a question: Why is there this consistent effort on the neo-progressive camp to tie everything back to slavery? Really, why is this even a thing? I swear this dumb broad is trying to compete with Cenk Uygur for worst attempts at projecting your political bias.

    1. Cenk Uygur is another example of someone who has become unhinged by his own ideology. One of us could say, “I’m hungry. I feel like getting a ham sandwich,” and they would reply, “Be super careful. There were times when slaves were hungry for a ham sandwich and all they got was a teaspoon of grits before a day in the field.”

      How are you supposed to have a productive conversation with someone like that? You can’t. That’s why for the most part I try not to blog on them. It’s just better to let them stew in their own anger instead of getting in the pot. These days I’ll point out how weird it is on occasion so people are cognizant of what’s going on…but I’d rather write on broader issues like national security — or fun stuff like comic books.

  3. I think my first revolt was ‘Boyz in the Hood’. At the end of it Ice Cube remarks about the rest of the country not caring about what goes on in the hood. At the time I lived in the hood and sitting around with my friends talking about the movie, I couldn’t help but blurt out “so Ice Cube thinks an invasion of white people is gonna stop black people from shooting up the hood and killing people?

    and the answer was the crap our teachers were telling us “well, white people need to care about black people, and Asians like us, and Latinos, man. See if they invested in us we would be doing a lot better, but they exploit us”

    “How?” “Was there a special race of aliens that made white people act civilized?”
    I had actually moved from the Philippines a lot more recently than my friends and felt the need to point out what real poverty looks like: “My mom grew up in a bamboo shack…theres no running water…there still isn’t running water. Theres no cars, and life was how well the farm did…and the government took most of that!”

    “All my family back home would see, if they watched the movie, is a bunch of stupid people living the good life in beautiful houses in a beautiful place killing each other for drugs and money. They would laugh at Cube. They wonder why you’re not building from what you have instead of blaming/begging white people for favors.”

    And that’s the truth about race. Most foreign minorities…before the welfare promises started, saw America has this unbelievable place where you could put away money and use it to build wealth and status that your home country usually stole from you. And most minorities that are already here have been taught to see all of this incredible wealth and opportunity as oppression.

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