Roland Martin Says, If Everyone Else Is Jumping off A Bridge, So Should You.
For starters, I don’t appreciate being told what I want or allowing the presumption to stand without protest. Notice how it is framed in the everyone wants it, so it must be good/right. “Be honest, we all wish to be VIPs.” Well no, Roland, we all don’t wish to be VIPs. We all (or at least most) wish to be treated with dignity. I cannot image too many people who wish to be treated otherwise.
I will tell you why most people are not interested in VIP status. Because it is impossible, simply impossible to be a VIP without it being at someone else’s, often many someone elses’, expense. Duh! Who with a conscience actively wants to be seen/treated as superior at the expense of making others inferior? If we were all VIPs, then no one would be a VIP. Of course, history has shown us that the next step would be to create a VIP-VIP and apparently there are people okay with this hierarchy, —Martin leading the pack.
Martin’s argument reminds me of my days in high school. There was this group created by this teacher who turned her nose up at many students who she did not deem worthy (based on their clothes, really, she told us more than once), called the Kings and Queens are some such nonsense. Naturally, membership was limited and only certain students were invited to join. The whole pretext was so fabricated and transparent that only the idiots who believed the rhetoric they were spewing were interested in being a member. As phony as those dumb senior pictures where students put their hand on their chin or poked their finger into their cheek. I supposed it was an attempt at posing as a great thinker or at the very least, macho posturing accepted as the kewl thing to do. I’m also reminded of all the Irish-Catholic working-class self-congratulatory “we are superior and more noble than everyone else” love fest the MSNBC pundits have been crooning about over the late Tim Russert.
The ruse is not lost here. Roland Martin has an ulterior motive with this initial display of priming. He is creating a reference, a paper trail to refer back to when he publically apologises (rationalises) for Obama’s Rezko hook up when it becomes a bigger stink than it has been so far. No one is stupid Martin.
This is in no way an effort to excuse the behavior of these politicos. They are undoubtedly using their positions as elected officeholders to get something the average Joe can’t. But don’t average Joe and Jane like it when they also get something by virtue of their connections? I just want us to be honest about all of this. A lot of times when stories like this come out, we get hot and bothered, angered about the have and have nots in our society, but they exist on every level.
I just wish you would stop calling yourself a journalist and accept your real title, self-serving propagandist. Roland, “Be honest, we all wish to be VIPs” including people like you who are willing to sell your soul to become one. Or at the very least you could do a public service and stop projecting your wishes onto the masses.