Dear Juan Williams – Stop Digging
If this is Juan Williams’ idea of damage control, he’d be a terrible guy to have hanging around a train wreck, assuming his career isn’t currently experiencing one. Writes Williams, “First, I was making a criticism of the speech — not of Mrs. Romney.”
It’s a relief to know that suddenly all the leftist political correctness that’s been policing speech and editorial content for decades to make scandalous judgments as to the character of the writer, or speaker to vilify them in the media, or across the Internet don’t mean anything. The next time a Rush Limbaugh makes a comment to which the left takes exception, I’ll be thrilled to read the qualifying statement that, they aren’t judging him as the racist, xenophobic hater they have a funny habit of calling him. No, they are simply criticizing the “speech,” not the speaker. Now, I get it. Thanks, Juan.
My wife and I have dined with Mitt Romney. I have met Ann. They are very nice people.
She is a very real person who has faced all of the struggles that attend to being a wife, a mother and a cancer survivor. She is an attractive, energetic and engaging presence on the campaign trail. She is the type of woman that any man – corporate executive or not – would be proud to present as his wife.
As words go, “nice” means what it means, no need to beat that cliche – the same for “real.” But it takes real talent to use the words “wife” and “mother” and turn them into pejoratives. What Williams, for all his great liberal compassion can’t seem to bring himself to acknowledge is that Ann Romney is a “person.” You know, one of those things just like you, me and even Juan. No, instead, Williams makes Ann Romney sound as though she’s something any guy would be proud to display upon the mantle – maybe just under the stuffed head of that buck they bagged last year on their last hunting trip.
Missing from Williams’ failed reclamation – along with an apology – is any concept of the tremendous universality of feelings and emotions I thought we were all supposed to share as human beings. You know, we are supposed to understand the struggle of everyone and everything from blacks, to gays and transsexuals because, after all, we are all human beings, are we not?
They may have started out in a small apartment but she was married to a young man studying for a Harvard business and law degree. Their parents could afford to send them to elite universities like Stanford and Harvard without needing scholarships or financial aid. And then her talented husband had monumental success in the corporate world.
It does not make sense to me to talk about that couple having struggles similar to most Americans. They never had to live with economic fear of being laid off from a job or losing their health insurance.
Well, all except for Ann and Mitt Romney, I suppose. Finally – and most sadly – Williams’ unapologetic apologia reeks of smallness, jealousy and class envy. I’ll stop short of assuming any racial influence being involved, as I don’t know Williams personally and have heard he’s a very nice man. What he isn’t is someone who has gotten beyond his own prejudice and bias to pronounce on anyone else’s. And that leads to the unfortunate question as to why he’s seen as capable of, or especially valuable in, pronouncing on anyone, or anything of import, while being paid grandly by a television network to do it.
Talk about entitlement, take a look in the mirror, Juan. You may just be surprised.