More and more the world in general and the left in particular seem to be imitating Monty Python to wit when I heard are secretary of state said this concerning the Wuhan virus:
Secretary of State Tony Blinken was hesitant to say whether the Biden administration plans to take steps to hold China accountable for what he once called a lack of transparency over how the country handled the pandemic early on.
Blinken, who previously said China’s alleged hiding of the origins of COVID-19 in Wuhan was a “profound problem,” was pushed on Sunday by CNN’s Dana Bash on whether he believes Beijing should be punished.
Blinken did not give a direct answer and instead said U.S. officials should work to prevent future pandemics and strengthen its relationship with the World Health Organization.
All I could think of was this exchange from the classic comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail:
Sir Lancelot: Sorry. Sorry. You see what I mean? I just get carried away. I’m really most awfully sorry. Sorry! Sorry, everyone.
Guest 1: He’s killed the best man! [guests shouting]
Owner of Swamp Castle: Hold it! Hold it! Please! Hold it! This is Sir Lancelot from the Court of Camelot, a very brave and influential knight, and my special guest here today.
Sir Lancelot: Hello.
Guest 2: He killed my auntie! [guests yelling more]
Owner of Swamp Castle: Please! Please! This is supposed to be a happy occasion! Let’s not bicker and argue about who killed who.
Like the Biden administration the owner of Swamp Castle expected to gain personal financial advantage from downplaying those deaths.
Of course Monty Python isn’t the only thing coming to mind these days. For example, Headline:
All FIVE liberal children of evangelical preacher Rev. Rick Joyner denounce their father in stinging NY Times article saying his right-wing views are ‘morally wrong’
Immediately brought to mind this bit of scripture:
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man ‘against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.’Matt 10:34-36
The cost for discipleship is a lot higher in an age when the Christianity is frowned upon by those in high position then in the days when it was followed and respected.
There are some interesting double standards also going on today. For example this press release from the city of Baltimore:
“Today, America’s war on drug users is over in the city of Baltimore. We leave behind the era of tough-on-crime prosecution and zero tolerance policing and no longer default to the status quo to criminalize mostly people of color for addiction. We will develop sustainable solutions and allow our public health partners to do their part to address mental health and substance use disorder,” said State’s Attorney Mosby.
I also don’t believe in drugs. For years I paid my people extra so they wouldn’t do that kind of business. Somebody comes to them and says “I have powders; if you put up three, four thousands dollar investment, we can make fifty thousands distributing.” so they can’t resist.
I won’t to control it as a business to keep it respectable [slams his hands on the table] I don’t want it near schools. I don’t want it sold to children! That’s an infamia. In my city , we would keep the traffic in the dark people –the colored. They’re animals anyway, so let them lose their souls.
The primary difference between the pair is that Don Zaluchi isn’t pretending he’s doing a service for the black community, these people are.
Of course lately we’ve been seeing a lot of Yes Minister in the things being condemned and not condemned. Take the murder of a 64 year old Lebanese immigrant driving for UBER eats by a pair of girls:
The description of the fatal incident in this NBC News account doesn’t adequately explain the horror of what was captured on cellphone video by an eyewitness who started recording as Anwar was attempting to prevent the teenage girls from stealing the car. Answer was at the driver’s side door of the vehicle, holding onto the wheel, when the carjackers sped off with him hanging out the side of the door. They swerved left, evidently trying to ram him into a lightpole, and then turned right around a corner. The vehicle disappears from sight in the video, then a loud crash is heard. The witness runs down the street and, when he turns the corner, we see the car toppled onto its left side, the two teenage carjackers scrambling out while Anwar’s apparently lifeless body lies on the sidewalk.
Kurt Schlichter asks the obvious question:
Alas it is not to be as the two girls on camera were black and thus any condemnation of this as a Hate Crime might be considered racist as Stacy McCain explains:
Question: Was this a “hate crime”? The two teenage criminals were black, and had no doubt carjacked many other victims before they committed this crime in broad daylight. Were they targeting their victims on a racial basis? There has been a nationwide spree of carjacking in America over the past year, and there is a discernible pattern to these crimes.
Of course Yes Prime Minister explained this long ago when arguing against the raising of a clergyman to a Bishopric:
Sir Humphrey: And he’s also against oppression and persecution in Africa.
Prime minister James Hacker: So are we
Sir Humphrey: Yes but he’s against them when practiced by black governments as well as white ones.
Prime Minister James Hacker: Oh, so he’s a racist.Yes Prime Minister The Bishop’s Gambit 1988
Shades of DatechGuy’s 3rd law of media outrage there.