When the Black Pot Calls the Kettle Black
The saying which goes, “Pot calls kettle black” is certainly well known and so is its meaning. When one party is already making a mistake, it’s not right to say that another party is making a mistake when the accuser is also guilty of a mistake. I also understand the ironic nature of this saying but the core meaning is well known.
In that way, it’s appropriate to look at the way some self-identified patriotic conservatives don’t condemn those within their ranks who make the mistake of insulting those who decide to get vaccinated against COVID 19. That fraction of conservatives say that the vaccinated are “sheeple” and believe the false claims of Democrats as to the safety and efficacy of COVID 19 vaccinations. But anti-vaxxers also carelessly say, “they believe whatever they’re told.”
So it was that popular conservative David Rubin (often the model of mildness and tolerance) condemned Don Lemon for being authoritarian because he’s advocating penalties for the un-vaccinated. Rubin ignores that a vocal part of the Conservative Cohort routinely insults and demeans those who’ve decided to get vaccinated. The anti-vaxxxers do not call for penalties but simply undo their own work. You should never expect positive results when you generalize negatively against 80% of adult Americans.
I am no fan of Don Lemon or the network he works for. I’m not to worried about the guy who fronts every weekday night for CNN — which has sunk to the bottom in ratings. But when he says that the reason we don’t have a polio epidemic any more (since the 1950s) is that people knew of the importance of getting vaccinated — Lemon’s irrefutably correct.
But let’s keep in mind the intolerance of those who refuse to get vaccinated, they’re the reason why words like “sheeple” have come to be so well known. Even if the anti vaccination people are correct — they are still demeaning and insulting the majority of Americans who’ve gotten vaccinated at least once. If they’ve been deceived as the anti-vaxxers claim, then they are the victims of the Democrats’ scam. When someone becomes a victim of a scam, do we condemn them?
These insulting anti-vaxxer people contribute to the rightful backlash against them and their ideas. Lemon is happily exploiting that kind of foolish victimizing.
I got vaccinated and got the recommended booster shot as well. Isn’t it more consistent to support anyone’s right to make that decision (yes or no) themselves? I also asked my doctor about getting vaccinated but never believed or trusted the current regime’s spokesmen and advocates. Tell ya something — I don’t carelessly insult others and there’s no reason for me to tolerate insults from supposed allies. Doing that to people like me is inviting backlash. It may even extend to supporting tyrannical measures be used against the anti-vaxxer contingent.
If you’re a good shot, then it’s still necessary to choose your targets carefully and choose them in the right sequence. It would have been better for David Rubin to highlight the foolishness of the insulting anti-vaxxers first before highlighting the even worse foolishness of Don Lemon. After all, good leaders distinguish between good tactics and bad tactic all the time.
Nothing is clumsier or worse than firing on your own kind. Especially when they can shoot back.