Snookered

“There’s a sucker born every minute!” P.T. Barnum would have made a mint if he were alive these days with so many suckers  standing around holding big signs reading, “I’m Gullible!” The number of  suckers Andrew Breitbart attracted on Monday with his edited loop of Shirley Sherrod was amazingly large.  The wave of duped folks traveled from one end of the political spectrum to the other.

Today, many of them hang their heads in shame that they went along with the ruse.  There are, sadly, still others who will continue to believe the distortion because it fits their mind set and their agenda.  The University of Michigan study I posted some days ago confirms this sad fact.

Breitbart’s yellow journalism fits hand in glove with the Tea Party movement to which he is often invited speak.  I note sadly that Michelle Bachman has formally invited the Tea Party to caucus within the Republican Party.  So much for your grandfather’s GOP.

Why is it that gullibility seems to be on the increase these days?  I suppose that there have been, as Barnum pointed out some 100 years ago, suckers everywhere to be tapped and drained.  Yet these days, the sucker-pool has grown large with the fast and pervasive communication system available in America today.  Just look how quickly that edited Breitbart clip ran across America on Monday, tripping up the White House, the NAACP, FoxNews and the gullible audience.

It is quite apparent that the conversation about  race in America has not at all been thoroughly discussed and vetted. The ignition of incendiary rhetoric that this story created ought to be a warning to our society that the race issue is smoldering like an unattended camp fire in a tinderbox forest.

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3 thoughts on “Snookered

  1. Hello Muddy,
    Breitbart’s purpose is to fabricate distorted lies and be quoted as a source for the likes of the “Man with a Chinese Passport’s” Fox Programming agenda. Could this man really be happy to have the United States implode upon itself whipped up on these lies much like Yugoslavia did after Tito? How many people would have to die through “Ethnic Cleansing” here in the United States before we get this kind of thing stopped?

    This recent story has also given us a chance to see first hand the findings of the University of Michigan’s study.

    As we all are a sum of our own life’s experiences, Shirley Miller Sherrod has spent most of her life fighting injustice. One the night in 1965 her father, Hosie Miller, a black man and a deacon at Thankful Baptist Church, was shot to death by a white farmer in what ostensibly was a dispute over a few cows.

    Despite her father’s killing and the injustices that followed, the racial hatred she has fought all her life, and now her quick exit from the USDA, Sherrod refuses to become bitter. Ms. Sherrod went on to say that if we all can learn from this example, then what happened to her at the hand of Andrew Breitbart, Bill O’Reilly, Chris Matthews, The Tea Party, and Fox News in general…then she was glad to have to go through this horrible time.” What a great example Shirley Sherrod is giving us all to live by and may nothing but good things happen to her from here on out.

  2. At the Rosslyn Chapel in Scottland and Masonic fame, there is a lintel at the east end of the south aisle bearing a familiar inscription in Latin which translates:

    “Wine is strong, a King is stronger, women are even stronger, but Truth conquers all”

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