The Melissa Harris Perry Definition of Virtue

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The Melissa Harris Perry Definition of Virtue

It’s grand to be an Eng­lish­man in 1910
King Edward’s on the throne;
It’s the age of men
I’m the lord of my cas­tle
The sov’reign, the liege!
I treat my sub­jects: ser­vants, chil­dren, wife
With a firm but gen­tle hand
Noblesse oblige!

Song: The Life I lead Mary Pop­pins 1964

A cou­ple of days ago I saw this tweet from MSNBC host Melissa Har­ris Perry that made was ahem.…interesting

Now Har­ris got some flack for com­plain­ing about her taxes caus­ing her to spin:

Of course this promise didn’t include her husband:

Now one might debate the irony of this or invoke the IRS’ inno­cent spouse rule in Ms. Perry’s defense but as amus­ing as this is, it misses the most inter­est­ing aspect of this entire sequence, an aspect reveal­ing than any other.

Accord­ing to Mer­riam Web­ster online the French term: Noblesse oblige (nobil­ity oblig­ates) has the fol­low­ing Eng­lish definition:

the oblig­a­tion of hon­or­able, gen­er­ous, and respon­si­ble behav­ior asso­ci­ated with high rank or birth

The term instantly came to mind when I saw her ini­tial tweet.

The tone of Ms. Har­ris’ in both her ini­tial tweet & her follow-​up sug­gests she con­sid­ers her above the peo­ple she is tweet­ing to, and her actions “hon­or­able & gen­er­ous” the def­i­n­i­tion of noblesse oblige. In the sec­ond tweet she claims she will pay her taxes with a smile, which is tra­di­tion­ally the act of a per­son of the noble class to wit:

Gen Bur­goyne: Why should you cry out rob­bery because of a stamp duty and a tea duty and so forth? After all, it is the essence of your posi­tion as a gen­tle­man that you pay with a good grace.

The Devil’s Dis­ci­ple 1959

She shows she is bet­ter and noble because of the “hon­or­able & gen­er­ous act” of pay­ing taxes with a smile, but even more incred­i­ble is her exam­ple of an act sig­ni­fy­ing not only sol­i­dar­ity but mirac­u­lous virtue.

The act of being a democrat.

Think about this. By her own state­ment it isn’t the of obey­ing the law that is vir­tu­ous ( laws appar­ently that her hus­band didn’t bother to obey) but being a mem­ber of the Demo­c­rat party.

This is what has hap­pened to the left that has aban­doned Chris­tian­ity and tra­di­tional val­ues. Why bother prac­tic­ing fidelity, why be con­cerned with hon­esty, who cares if your posi­tions are for sale to the high­est bidder.

All that is nec­es­sary to be show heroic virtue is to have the right voter reg­is­tra­tion and by doing so you have ful­filled the oblig­a­tion as party of the favored and priv­i­leged class.

noblesse oblige

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It goes with­out say­ing that Melissa Har­ris Perry would not con­sider wouldn’t con­sider hit­ting DaTip­Jar an exam­ple of noblesse oblige but if you want jour­nal­ism that doesn’t come from that swarm men­tal­ity she belongs to I would ask you to hit DaTip­Jar and help me pay for it.

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It’s grand to be an Englishman in 1910
King Edward’s on the throne;
It’s the age of men
I’m the lord of my castle
The sov’reign, the liege!
I treat my subjects: servants, children, wife
With a firm but gentle hand
Noblesse oblige!

Song:  The Life I lead  Mary Poppins 1964

 

A couple of days ago I saw this tweet from MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry that made was ahem….interesting

Now Harris got some flack for complaining about her taxes causing her to spin:

Of course this promise didn’t include her husband:

Now one might debate the irony of this or invoke the IRS’ innocent spouse rule in Ms. Perry’s defense but as amusing as this is, it misses the most interesting aspect of this entire sequence, an aspect revealing than any other.

According to Merriam Webster online the French term:  Noblesse oblige (nobility obligates)  has the following English definition:

the obligation of honorable, generous, and responsible behavior associated with high rank or birth

The term instantly came to mind when I saw her initial tweet.

The tone of Ms. Harris’ in both her initial tweet & her follow-up suggests she considers her above the people she is tweeting to, and her actions “honorable & generous” the definition of noblesse oblige.  In the second tweet she claims she will pay her taxes with a smile, which is traditionally the act of a person of the noble class to wit:

Gen Burgoyne: Why should you cry out robbery because of a stamp duty and a tea duty and so forth? After all, it is the essence of your position as a gentleman that you pay with a good grace.

The Devil’s Disciple 1959

She shows she is better and noble because of the “honorable  & generous act” of paying taxes with a smile, but even more incredible is her example of an act signifying not only solidarity but miraculous virtue.

The act of being a democrat.

Think about this.  By her own statement it isn’t the of obeying the law that is virtuous ( laws apparently that her husband didn’t bother to obey) but being a member of the Democrat party.

This is what has happened to the left that has abandoned Christianity and traditional values.  Why bother practicing fidelity, why be concerned with honesty, who cares if your positions are for sale to the highest bidder.

All that is necessary to be show heroic virtue is to have the right voter registration and by doing so you have fulfilled the obligation as party of the favored and privileged class.

noblesse oblige

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It goes without saying that Melissa Harris Perry would not consider wouldn’t consider hitting DaTipJar an example of noblesse oblige but if you want journalism that doesn’t come from that swarm mentality she belongs to I would ask you to hit DaTipJar and help me pay for it.

My goal is Twenty grand a year

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That gets all the bills paid.  If I can get to Forty Thousand I can afford to travel outside of New England and/or hire me a blogger to help me get it done.

Consider Subscribing 100 Subscribers at $20 a month will get the job done.

 

We’re extending our March premium to April for tip jar hitters of $50 or more is Stacy McCain’s book:  Sex Trouble: Essays on Radical Feminism and the War Against Human Nature

Subscribe at $50 or more in April and receive each monthly premium shipped the date of your payment.

All Tip Jar hits in April of $10 or more will get a copy of Jeff Trapani’s excellent E-Book Victor the Monster Frankenstein.