MSNBC’s Martin Bashir said the other day that, “(Sarah) Palin is a world-class idiot,” and then suggested that because she invoked the word “slavery” in a recent appearance, she be given “Darby’s Dose.” Which was to say that someone should be forced to urinate and defecate in her mouth.
Palin said, “Our free stuff today is being paid for by taking money from our children, and borrowing from China. When that note comes due – and this isn’t racist, so try it. Try it anyway. This isn’t racist. But it’s going to be like slavery when that note is due.”
Bashir responded thus: “One of the most comprehensive first-person accounts of slavery comes from the personal diary of a man called Thomas Thistlewood, who kept copious notes for 39 years. [...]
“In 1756, he records that “A slave named Darby catched (sic) eating canes; had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, s-h-i-t in his mouth.” This became known as Darby’s dose, a punishment invented by Thistlewood that spoke only of the slave owner’s savagery and inhumanity. [...]
“When Mrs. Palin invoked slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms that if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, then she would be the outstanding candidate.”
Mr. Bashir: in response, I offer several quotes on the subject of debt slavery, just to give you an idea of who the “world-class idiot” is echoing. Are these people also “Dunces” and “World-Class Idiots?” Should they also be subjected to Darby’s Dose?
“A man in debt is so far a slave.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Debt, n. An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slave driver.” -Ambrose Bierce
“When you get in debt you become a slave.” -Andrew Jackson, former President of the United States
“Simply put, unsustainable debt is helping to keep too many poor countries and poor people in poverty.” -Bill Clinton, former President of the United States
Even from antiquity–“Debt is the slavery of the free.”- -Publilius Syrus, philosopher
“Debt is dumb. Most normal people are just plain broke because they are in debt up to their eyeballs with no hope of help. If you’re in debt, then you’re a slave because you do not have the freedom to use your money to help change your family tree.” -Dave Ramsey, radio personality
Even the Bible weighs in on the subject:
Proverbs 22:7, “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave of the lender.” New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).
Mr. Bashir, I suggest that it is you who misunderstands and misrepresents the true nature of slavery, and that debt (personal and/or governmental) is just the beginning of enslavement. We are at the point where the “takers” are almost as many in number as the “producers.” We are already making half of the country dependent on the government. Is that not the definition of slavery?
We cannot tip that scale much further without calamity. It would seem to be better to listen to the world-class idiot than to a world-class yammerhead.
When our note from China becomes due, it will be because OUR OWN government has destroyed our economy to the point where China is the world’s largest economy. Let that sink in for a moment before continuing because the FED is making giant strides in accomplishing just that! Half of our country is already enslaved to our own government! Can you possibly imagine that, given the chance, China would NOT enslave us? Certainly not with their stellar human rights record!
Mr. Bashir, just to “clear the air”, if I were the head of MSNBC, I would fire you, on the spot, for cause. I would produce and air an apology from the corporation, from the President of MSNBC, from the News Director, and any (if any) news staff that had the good common sense to be incensed at this horrendous outburst. I would contact the State Department and hire a team of hungry lawyers to have your visa withdrawn and have you deported to whatever slime hole from which you emerged.
Oh. Finally, I would never, under any circumstances, despite the despicable words you uttered to millions of people, suggest that someone administer Darby’s Dose. Not as revenge, nor even as an object lesson for misrepresenting the nature of debt and slavery!
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