Patterico's Pontifications


Only On MSNBC: Being A Hard Worker Is Bad Because Slavery Or Something

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:18 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Oh, God, these people are just so utterly desperate to be relevant! And when they aren’t, because they don’t have an original thought in their heads, they just make crap up knowing someone, somewhere will buy it. Political correctness, in all its astonishingly dumb glory, is going to be what pushes rational thought and critical thinking right over the cultural cliff. And then there will be nothing left but the whiny drone of dumb, desperate people trying to out-relevant each other with their self-righteous indignation over whatever manufactured outrage they can come up with in that moment.

Cue MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, who embarrassed herself today, but sadly lacked the necessary self-awareness to realize it. (I, on the other hand, had plenty of self-awareness for both of us as I found myself inwardly cringing when she opened her mouth…)

Anyway, when conservative Latino activist Alfonso Aguilar sang the praises of Paul Ryan and noted that Ryan is a hard worker, Harris-Perry sounded the Social Justice Warrior alarm bell. Because slaves:

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. 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–

AGUILAR: I understand that.

HARRIS-PERRY: But, we don’t call them hard workers. We call them failures. We call them people who are sucking off the system.

AGUILAR: No, no, no, no.

HARRIS-PERRY: No, no. Really, ya’ll do. That is really what you guys do as a party.

AGUILAR: That is very unfair. I think we cannot generalize about the Republican Party.

HARRIS-PERRY: That’s true. Not all Republicans. That is certainly true.

Oh Melissa, you silly little fool. You know what hard work looks like, right here, right now? Hard work looks like character, responsibility, power, satisfaction, strength, pride, commitment and reliability in action. You know how I know that, Melissa? Because I worked today. I worked hard because I am that hard worker. Perhaps it’s a concept you are unfamiliar with, given that you spend your privileged days slumming at MSNBC creating mini-dramas and getting your SJW panties in a wounded wad, hoping to feel important and give your life some sort of meaning.

Friends don’t let friends make fools of themselves, Melissa.

Your friend,


Marco Rubio “Hates” the Senate

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:35 am

The Washington Post has an article today titled Rubio gives up on Senate: ‘He hates it’:

Marco Rubio is a U.S. senator. And he just can’t stand it anymore.

“I don’t know that ‘hate’ is the right word,” Rubio said in an interview. “I’m frustrated.”

. . . .

But Rubio had arrived at one of the least ambitious moments in Senate history and saw many of his ideas fizzle. Democrats killed his debt-cutting plans. Republicans killed his immigration reform. The two parties actually came together to kill his AGREE Act, a small-bore, hands-across-the-aisle bill that Rubio had designed just to get a win on something.

Now, he’s done. “He hates it,” a longtime friend from Florida said, speaking anonymously to say what Rubio would not.

The article leaves one a bit mystified as to what Rubio was trying to accomplish in the Senate, other than “something.” You get the impression that he is passionate about immigration reform but not much else. He came in and found that Washington was not willing to eagerly embrace his ideas, and apparently has just shrugged his shoulders and said “I’m outta here.”

Contrast that with Ted Cruz, who seems to have a clear vision for what he wants: repeal of ObamaCare, smaller government, and a return to Constitutional principles. And he seems to relish standing up for those beliefs. Rather than feeling dispirited by the fact that establishment Washington is not easily signing on to his agenda, Cruz seems energized by the fight.

The immense frustration of a Donald Trump candidacy is that his phony brand of celebrity-oriented “fighting the establishment” sucks oxygen away from the few who actually do, day in and day out. Cruz is one of those few. Marco Rubio is not.

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